Reporter who broke Penn State abuse scandal speaks at SBU

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Sara Ganim, the reporter for The Patriot-News who broke the Penn State sex abuse scandal and won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting, spoke at Stony Brook University as part of “My Life As…” on October 1. Photo credit: Alison Bernicker

Sara Ganim, the reporter for The Patriot-News who broke the Penn State sex abuse scandal and won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting, spoke at Stony Brook University as part of the “My Life As…” series on October 1.

When working as a crime reporter for The Centre Daily Times in State College, Pa., Ganim received a tip that Jerry Sandusky, a former Penn State Assistant Football Coach, had been accused of molestation by a local boy.

She wrote down Sandusky’s name and began to gather information about the accusation made against him for nearly two years.

When she was hired in January of 2011 by The Patriot-News, her bosses gave her two weeks to dedicate to pursuing the story more thoroughly.

Ganim eventually discovered that Sandusky was under investigation by a grand jury for sexual abuse and gathered enough information to publish the first article on the scandal. Seven months later, when Sandusky was arrested, the national press picked up on the it, too.

Ganim, at age 24, became the third youngest person to win a Pulitzer Prize for her work on the story.

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