Sharon McNary

Infrastructure Correspondent

Contact Sharon McNary

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

How this 2018 Rose Parade band is making a difference

Santiago Sharks band members surprised the foster kids at Five Acres by performing for them then showering them with presents.

December fires amp up mudslide danger

A geologist warns some Ventura County residents to not sleep in their homes overnight during winter rainstorms because of the landslide risk.

Augmented reality comes to the Rose Parade

You can use a smartphone app to watch as a gigantic fish leaps into the air then before transforming into a dragon.

100 Rose Queens later, are they still relevant?

Rose Queens who reign over the Rose Parade have become more diverse, but the oldest living one says there's room for more barriers to be broken.

Porter Ranch residents criticize SoCal Gas' methane monitor outage

A website SoCal Gas installed to inform residents about unusual gas levels was down temporarily around the time of a natural gas leak.

Archbishop Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass in county jail

The head of the Los Angeles Archdiocese has made it something of a personal tradition to spend part of the holiday with inmates at the Men's Central Jail in downtown L.A.

Another gas leak reported at Aliso Canyon facility

The Southern California Gas Company says a gas leak occurred at the Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility in Porter Ranch just before 5 p.m. Monday night.

Lose your house in a fire? Congress is going after your tax write-off

Current rules allowing uninsured losses from fire, theft and other incidents would be stripped away. Only uninsured losses in federally-declared disasters could be written off.

Utilities told to do more to keep power lines from starting fires

New rules adopted by the state Public Utilities Commission require power companies to increase clearance around power lines in fire-vulnerable areas

When the house next door turns to ash

It's eerily quiet in Clearpoint, a Ventura neighborhood where the Thomas Fire destroyed dozens of homes.

Thomas Fire grows slightly; now at 15 percent containment

Southern California's largest fire grew has scorched 155,000 acres, but crews succeeded at keeping containment at 15 percent.

Dos and don'ts of going home and cleaning up after a wildfire

Even after evacuation orders are lifted, there are still precautions you should take to keep yourself safe.

SoCal fires strain power and water systems

Power outages due this week's high winds and wildfires have left about 10,300 customers without electricity, according to the major power utilities.

Thomas Fire in Ventura approaches Ojai, grows to 90,000 acres

The largest and most destructive wildfire burning in Southern California forced new evacuations and almost reached the ocean Wednesday.

Santa Ana winds bring fire danger to Southern California

Forecasters say it could be the strongest and longest Santa Ana wind event so far this season, with gusts capable of bringing down tree branches and power lines.