Sharon McNary

Infrastructure Correspondent

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Sharon McNary is a correspondent for Southern California Public Radio covering infrastructure. She uses public records, public engagement sourcing and other methods (like good old fashioned shoe leather) to help draw stories from the experience, expertise and concerns of our communities as well as from political agendas. These days, she is covering the built environment around Southern California -- sidewalks, water and sewer systems -- to find out what's working, what's broken, and who's fixing it.

In her first three years at KPCC, Sharon launched KPCC’s Public Insight Network, a group of several thousand people who — by sharing their experiences and expertise — help the newsroom cover Southern California. People who respond to Public Insight Network questions have been included in many KPCC award-winning news reports, including investigative coverage of prison conditions, long-form narratives, and talk show segments.

A military veteran, McNary was a computer programmer before she was a journalist, so she has always sought out tech-savvy and creative ways to cover news.

McNary has worked in TV news and documentaries, radio, wire service and newspapers in the Southern California news market, developing award-winning investigative and computer-assisted reporting projects.

Following a mid-career public service break with the Peace Corps in Bolivia, McNary returned to print and multimedia reporting. She has covered disasters, government corruption, growth and immigration, often using databases, mapping and other technology tools to break news.

McNary is an avid cook, seamstress and knitter while her outdoor pursuits are competing in marathons and triathlons

Stories by Sharon McNary

Highland Park sidewalk mosaics rep Chicken Boy and other neighborhood icons

Fourteen mosaics depicting Highland Park's colorful past have been installed on Figueroa Street sidewalks between Avenues 53 and 59.

SoCal water bills would go up under new Delta tunnel plan

Efforts to save the twin-tunnel plan could mean a higher increase than the original plan. The average home bill would now rise on average $2.40 to $4.80 a month.

Forest Service has a plan to stop the burn — at least financially

The new federal spending bill should halt U.S. Forest Service raids on forest management funds when firefighting money is used up.

How to stay safe as the strongest storm of the season rolls into SoCal

Where to get sandbags, sign up for emergency alerts and monitor storm conditions near the Thomas Fire and other burn areas.

Why SoCal gas-fired power plants are on the chopping block

The closure and cancellation of gas-fired power plants comes amid a California power glut and improvements in battery storage. But gas isn't over.

Protesters gather to welcome Trump to Los Angeles

This is Trump's first visit to the state as president. It comes as the Trump administration battles California over its refusal to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

But is it squirrel-proof? LAX mulls plan to build new $120M power plant

Officials are looking to avoid the 100 or so power disruptions that have occurred at the airport since 2013. A new power station with underground lines would exclusively serve LAX.

'Blue curb' parking for disabled in LA still lacking a year into new program

A city controller's audit says nobody was put in charge of turning requests for accessible parking spaces into actual parking spaces.

Costs from Aliso Canyon gas blowout near $1 billion

That figure is likely to climb as some 370 lawsuits by more than 45,000 plaintiffs are pending against SoCal Gas from the 2015 gas leak near Porter Ranch.

Cold weather strains local gas supply

SoCal Gas has reduced supplies to local power generators like LADWP as it withdraws gas from the Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility.

Blowout well near Porter Ranch was severely corroded

The well casing was corroded deep underground. SoCal Gas made repairs to casings of at least 20 of its aging wells before returning them to service.

5 things to know about the plan to ship water to Southern California

SoCal's largest water importer looks to revive a plan to shore up the region's water supplies by reconfiguring diversions from NoCal.

California measures Sierra Nevada snowpack amid dry winter

Department of Water Resources officials trekked to the mountains Thursday to check the snow depth, one gauge of the state's water supply. Snow levels are about one quarter of normal.

As families return to Montecito homes, disease threat from mud persists

Santa Barbara County officials tested the mud that flowed through Montecito neighborhood, finding concerning levels of bacteria and hydrocarbons.

Why Southern California’s newspapers are having such a tough time

The newspaper's dillema: Print ads dwindle at traditional "papers of record" like the L.A. Times, but online revenues aren't enough to keep newsrooms robust