The 2012 Pulitzer Prize Winners

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Sara Ganim


Sara Ganim, who hails from South Florida, graduated from Penn State University with a degree in journalism in 2008. Even before she graduated, in 2007, she went to work for the Centre Daily Times in State College as the paper's crime reporter. In 2009, she received a tip about allegations against former Penn State coaching legend Jerry Sandusky. Between covering crime and other stories in a newsroom of six reporters, she began to develop the sources to piece the story together. Meanwhile, she won a Keystone Press Award and a Pennsylvania Bar Association award for other investigative stories. In January 2011, Ganim came to The Patriot-News where she worked nearly full-time on the Sandusky story, which was published three months later. After the story exploded in November, Ganim used her network of sources to continue to lead national coverage of the scandal.