Sara Ganim

Journalism Fellow
University of Florida

Sara Ganim is a Journalism Fellow at the University of Florida, where she is host of the award-winning investigative podcast, "Why Don't We Know," staffed by college journalism students, which focuses on the human toll of government secrecy. Sara is the director of the award-winning documentary film, "No Defense," about the health effects of PFAS chemical contamination. In 2012, Ganim, then a reporter for the Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, won the Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting for her coverage of the Jerry Sandusky-Penn State scandal. At 24, she was the third-youngest journalist to win a Pulitzer. That same year, Newsweek magazine named Ganim one of “150 Women Who Shake the World.” Ganim left the Patriot-News in 2012 to join CNN and in 2015 received the Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists for a story revealing that some student-athletes at NCAA Division I member colleges read at a third-grade level or below.

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