Why Don’t We Know?
Why don’t we know how often college athletes get concussions, or when students get disciplined for hazing, and whether those problems are getting better or worse? They’re simple questions with complex answers, and in each episode of the “Why Don’t We Know” podcast, investigative reporter Sara Ganim will lead a team of University of Florida journalism students digging into America’s most impenetrable “data deserts.” Why Don’t We Know is supported by a grant from the Hearst Family Foundations and produced by the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information, a research center focused on improving the public’s access to civically essential information.
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.
Frank LoMonte is a professor at the University of Florida, where he teaches media law and runs the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information, a think-tank focused on the public’s right of access to civically valuable documents and data. He formerly practiced law with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP, clerked on the Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, and was the executive director of the nonprofit Student Press Law Center in Washington, D.C.
Amy Fu is an aspiring storyteller, videographer and editor. She holds a bachelor’s degree in advertising from the University of Florida, and is currently pursuing a master’s in mass communication.
Editor and Audio Mixer
James Sullivan is a video and audio editor currently residing in Gainesville, Florida. He is highly experienced in the world of media production and the the skills he’s acquired through it have assisted him both as an editor on the WDWK Podcast and as a member of the WUFT Media at UF. The unbridled excellence of his work is equal only to his modesty and his proficiency at writing in the third person.
Alexandra Harris is a journalism major at the University of Florida. She has a passion for investigative reporting and the environment. Her work has appeared in the Independent Florida Alligator and the Gainesville Sun. She files public records requests for the WDWK podcast.
Trey Ecker is a junior journalism student at the University of Florida. He is an aspiring storyteller who enjoys writing as well as exploring the worlds of video and audio, a skill he hopes to develop more. His work has appeared in WUFT and the Independent Florida Alligator. He now writes blog posts for the WDWK podcast. In his free time, he is likely at the skatepark, binging YouTube or spending an alarming amount of money on coffee (a habit his bank account does not appreciate).
Kaylee Whidden is a journalism major at the University of Florida. She is interested in investigative reporting, as well as photojournalism, and has created multiple photo stories. In her free time, Kaylee enjoys painting, binging the latest docuseries and spending time in nature.
Dana Cassidy is a University of Florida senior studying journalism and artificial intelligence. Cassidy is both a computer programmer and a journalist who specializes in machine learning and data engineering. She is currently a researcher for the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information and the Consortium on Media Trust and Technology. She previously interned at the Miami Herald, Orlando Sentinel, and The Palm Beach Post. She was a managing editor of The Independent Florida Alligator and a statewide political reporter for Fresh Take Florida.
Thomas Holton is a senior journalism student at the University of Florida with an outside concentration in marketing. He grew to love podcasting while hosting and producing a podcast for the Independent Florida Alligator, and hopes to both write and do audio work professionally. In his spare time, he‘s either getting lost in a book or in a YouTube wormhole looking for new music.
Lila Greenberg is a fourth-year telecommunications management and strategy student at the University of Florida. She plans to attend law school beginning in fall 2022, with a focus on intellectual property law. Lila previously interned for a major recording artist focusing on media planning and content creation. She plays the baritone in the Gator Marching Band and enjoys representing the University and all its accomplishments!
Kristin Moorehead is a radio reporter and producer for WUFT. She graduated from UF with a B.S. in Telecommunication and is currently working toward a Professional Masters. She has worked on many award-winning radio projects at WUFT, including podcasts like 4 Days, 5 Murders, From the Front Lines, and more. She has also anchored live Morning Edition broadcasts, and co-produces a weekly Florida news podcast called The Rewind. When she’s not in the newsroom, she loves playing music with the UF Marching Band. You can check out her work on Twitter at @K__Moorehead.
Nomfumo Manaba graduated from the University of Florida in 2021 with degrees in journalism and political science. She currently lives and works in Miami, Florida, as a Leadership Development Program Analyst with Restaurant Brands International. She has previously worked with WUFT News and Fresh Take Florida where she reported on the Florida legislature and juvenile justice.
Meleah Lyden is a multimedia journalist with writing, radio, podcasting and TV experience. She’s worked for WUFT News, Fresh Take Florida and The Independent Florida Alligator. Meleah has been involved in several podcasts during her time at the University of Florida, including the award-winning series Four Days, Five Murders.
Hannah Himmelgreen is a senior journalism student at the University of Florida. She has a love for storytelling and hopes to write narrative nonfiction in the future. Her work has appeared in WUFT News, and she enjoys reporting for the WDWK podcast.
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