24-Year-Old Sara Ganim Wins Pulitzer Prize for Exposing Penn State Scandal

Earlier last month, we wondered why we hadn't heard more about Sara Ganim, the 24-year-old reporter who broke the Penn State sex abuse scandal involving assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky and his Second Mile charity — definitely one of the biggest stories of 2011 — when she was barely out of undergrad. Since then, she's gained more acclaim — Newsweek recently named her one of the "150 Women Who Shake the World" — but today she landed the ultimate journalism prize: The Pulitzer. At 24 years old! And it sounds like she definitely deserves it (not that we weren't already convinced):

Though her official title is crime reporter, Ganim's work might be better described as investigative. She has said that she wakes up at 3 a.m. or 4 a.m. most mornings and starts working.

"I have a police scanner on my nightstand," she writes on her personal site. "I fall to sleep and wake up to the morning news. I work 60-hour weeks digging and investigating, chatting up sources, and peeling back layers until I find amazing stories."

Ganim regularly incorporates multimedia and social media into her reporting, she says, "because newspaper reporting isn't just about ink and paper anymore."

A dogged old-school-style investigative reporter who isn't afraid of social media? What's next? After covering Sandusky's trial, which starts in June, who knows — Ganim for president in 2016?

Sara Ganim, 24, wins Pulitzer for coverage of Penn State sex abuse scandal [Poynter]

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