Sara Ganim is a Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist, with 15 years of experience in print and television.
In June 2019, she was named the University of Florida’s first Hearst Journalism Fellow at the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information, and this podcast — her first — is a result of that fellowship.
She started her career as a newspaper reporter and won a Pulitzer Prize at age 24 for breaking and covering the investigation into former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky’s sexual abuse of young boys. Ganim then spent seven years at CNN, covering a range of issues, including government agencies, ethics and conflicts, sexual misconduct on Capitol Hill, the rise of the anti-fascist movement in the U.S., deadly hazing at American Universities, the NCAA’s mishandling of concussions, and American drinking water issues. In 2015, she won a Sigma Delta Chi award from the Society of Professional Journalists for her Investigative report exposing the low reading levels of some college athletes.
In 2020, she made her first independent film, No Defense, which garnered film festival recognition, and she has consulted or reported for several other films, including the Emmy-nominated CNN film, Deadly Haze.
She was also a consultant for the 2018 HBO film Paterno, which was nominated for an Emmy. In 2018, Ganim’s first documentary, a 30-minute investigative piece on drinking water in rural America titled Dirty Water, aired on CNN.
In 2019, she started a production company called Cedar Production, with her husband, NBC legal analyst Danny Cevallos.