Good to see this: Sara Ganim, the 24-year-old crime reporter for The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa., who broke the Penn State scandal story, has won a Polk Award. Yes, that’s a big deal for a local crime reporter, especially one so young. Here’s an archive of her newspaper’s coverage. And here’s the blurb from today’s award announcement:
Sara Ganim of The Patriot-News will receive the George Polk Award for Sports Reporting for her outstanding coverage of the Penn State sex abuse scandal. Ganim, in March 2011, was the first to report that longtime Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky — second only to head coach Joe Paterno in the Penn State pantheon — was being investigated for child sex abuse. While most newspapers and television stations ignored the story, Ganim, a Penn State graduate, continued to write about the investigation, and on Nov. 4 she was the first to report that Sandusky had been indicted. Even after media coverage of the indictment and the university’s alleged cover-up became national news, Ganim, who already had spent over two years on the story, continued to lead the pack, uncovering new information on the scandal that led to the removal of Paterno and Penn State President Graham Spanier.