Sara Ganim is a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter and a correspondent for CNN.
She was born in Detroit, raised in Ft. Lauderdale and fell in love with journalism as a high school freelancer with the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. She stumbled into crime reporting at The Daily Collegian at Penn State, and since then has always had a passion for covering crime and the courts. The challenge of reporting on such sensitive subjects and intricate cases was a major advantage in breaking the story about Jerry Sandusky, while a reporter for The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa. The instinct to approach it as a crime story, rather than a sports story, helped The Patriot-News stay ahead of coverage when the scandal became national news. In April 2012, the newspaper was awarded the Pulitzer for local reporting on the story.
Ganim, who has worked both in print and broadcast, is a big proponent of multi-platform reporting and using social media to spread news. She sees that change in newsrooms as a positive — something that makes for better, more efficient and more diverse reporters. In her spare time she enjoys speaking to aspiring journalists about how to maximize their skills and use youth as an advantage to get into this business during tough economic times.
Talking to working journalists about being a digital-first, multi-talented reporter is very important to her. Sara has traveled to several American universities, and taught classes in Hong Kong. She traveled to Moscow to speak to journalists and later hosted them at The Patriot-News.
Crime and investigative reporting has been her passion during her short career, but she also has great interest a lot of other things, like space travel, education, and technology.
And anything funny.