Sharon McNary

Politics Reporter

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Sharon McNary is a Politics Reporter for Southern California Public Radio. 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

2 years after Torrance refinery blast, new report places blame on ExxonMobil

A huge explosion at the Torrance Refinery two years ago could have been prevented if then-owner Exxon Mobil had paid more attention to safety, according to a report released Wednesday by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board.

Old parts, safety gaps caused 2015 Torrance Refinery blast

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board issued its findings Wednesday into the causes of a large explosion at the Exxon Mobil Refinery, but it still seeks critical information.

Questions linger over closure of Whittier Law School

Whittier College sold it's law school property for $35 million three months before making the decision to close the law school. Faculty said they were blindsided.

Why LADWP customers won't see a big snowmelt dividend on their bills

Los Angeles city water customers will save only a couple bucks per month less on their water bills even though DWP has stopped buying expensive imported water

AQMD to soon withdraw Porter Ranch methane monitors

After those monitors go, SoCal Gas and a company sponsored by a law firm suing the utility will operate the remaining methane monitors

How Edison's customers might get power from a new utility

Los Angeles Community Choice Energy is designed to buy power on the open market and sell it at lower prices to Edison customers. But Edison controls the billing.

LADWP will be giving water away, but not to its customers

The city's water agency doesn't have enough storage to hold all of the Sierra snowmelt expected to flow south via the L.A. Aqueduct later this year. The Metropolitan Water District has agreed to accept the excess.

Attention drivers: Your gas tax and car fees are set to rise

State lawmakers approved a bill this week to add a new gas tax and higher vehicle registration fees to fund road repairs and new construction.

Devil's Gate Dam project halted by judge

Los Angeles County's plan to dig millions of cubic yards of dirt from behind the dam is halted until officials respond to habitat and air quality issues.

Record snowpack could flood LA Aqueduct and Owens Valley

Major snowfalls brought drought relief, now LADWP must deal with snowmelt that could flood the Owens dry lake and communities along the 200-mile LA Aqueduct.

Trump budget: Kill agency investigating Torrance refinery blast

The Chemical Safety Board investigates accidents and issues recommendations on how they might be prevented in the future. It's been criticized for working too slowly.

California bill seeks voter end to Daylight Saving Time

State voters enacted the time shift 68 years ago. Now a bill in the state Legislature could ask voters if they want to keep Pacific Standard Time year-round.

Everyday utility gas leaks outpace Porter Ranch blowout

A state study says leaks in California's gas distribution system, from meter leaks to big pipe leaks, put more methane into the atmosphere in a year than the massive Aliso Canyon leak did in four months.

LA County seeks to delay reopening Aliso Canyon gas field

Southern California Gas Company was close to completing safety requirements to resume injecting gas into the underground field, but the county lawsuit seeks to stop it.

Today's Election Day. Here's what you need to know.

Los Angeles County voters will decide on a sales tax for homeless services. In L.A. city, the mayorship, eight council seats and several measures are on the ballot.