Talk about making a name for yourself at a young age! This young reporter is the recipient of a major award — at the tender age of 24.
Sara Ganim was a 20-something reporter, working hard to make a name for herself in her industry — just like many of you. But that changed earlier this week when she was chosen as a winner of one of journalism’s most prestigious awards, The Pulitzer Prize.
Her win makes her “the second-youngest winner of a Pulitzer in the award’s history,” according to The Sports Xchange/Chicago Tribune. Not bad for a 2008 Penn State grad.
When the prizes were announced on Monday, Sara — who has worked at the Patriot-News since January 2011 — was standing in the newspaper’s Harrisburg, Pa., office in her pink socks, according to Matthew DeLuca of The Daily Beast. DeLuca reports:
The 24-year-old crime reporter, who beat the nation’s sports journalists to the scoop of the year, the Jerry Sandusky sex scandal, had become one of the youngest-ever recipients of a Pulitzer Prize. It was the first ever for the 157-year-old Patriot-News.
The honor was the result of countless 60-hour weeks of the kind of shoe-leather journalism that has many admirers but few practitioners. The enterprising Ganim, who keeps a police scanner on her bedside table, will be called a wunderkind, tenacious, the first of a new generation of newshounds with grit and gumption.
So what does a “wunderkind” reporter sound like? Watch this video of Sara explaining her work on the Sandusky story: