|Born||1987/1988 (age 25–26)|
|Alma mater||Pennsylvania State University (2008)|
|Awards||2011 George Polk Award in Journalism, December 2011 Sidney Award, 2012 Pulitzer Prize|
Sara Ganim is a Pulitzer Prize winning correspondent for CNN. She had previously been a reporter for the The Patriot-News, a daily newspaper serving the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania metropolitan area. Ganim broke the story about the Penn State sex abuse scandal that involved Jerry Sandusky and the Second Mile charity. For the Sandusky/Penn State coverage, Ganim together with the news staff won a number of national awards including the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting at the age of 24.
Early years 
Ganim grew up in Broward County, Florida, graduated from Archbishop McCarthy High School there, and got her journalistic start as a freelance reporter for the Sun Sentinel when she was in high school. She is a 2008 graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, where she majored in Journalism.
A onetime intern for The Associated Press, Ganim from 2007 worked for the Centre Daily Times, a daily newspaper based in State College, PA near the University Park campus of Penn State. At the Daily Times she generated her initial lead for the Sandusky story and also won several State journalism awards. She joined The Patriot-News staff in January 2011.
Awards and recognition 
For the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse work, Ganim gained early attention as the scandal broadened. MarketWatch journalism columnist Jon Friedman wrote of her as "the star reporter" on the scandal in November, 2011. Friedman added that Kim Jones, reporting at Penn State for WFAN, "also mentioned Ganim’s stellar work" and that Jason McIntyre of the sports blog The Big Lead among others had been singling out Ganim—and her P-N colleague Ben Jones, in McIntyre's case—on Twitter.
Considerable other attention and professional awards also were given. In February, 2012, Ganim became the youngest person ever, at age 24, to receive the Sidney Award for socially conscious journalism. In February 2012, Long Island University announced that she had won a prestigious George Polk Award in Journalism in 2011 for her coverage of the story. Newsweek magazine named her one of "150 Women Who Shake the World" in March, 2012, and it was announced that Ganim and The Patriot-News would receive the Scripps Howard Award for Community Journalism, again for the Sandusky/Penn State coverage.
Ganim became the third-youngest person to win a Pulitzer Prize.
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