Hearst Journalism Fellow - Brechner Center for Freedom of Information
Sara Ganim is a Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist, and the current Hearst Journalism Fellow at the University of Florida’s Brechner Center for Freedom of Information, where she hosts the award-winning podcast Why Don’t We Know. The podcast was honored with the 2020 EWA award for public service.
Ganim 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 federal government agencies, the rise of the anti-fascist movement in the U.S. 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 films, Deadly Haze and Paterno.
B.A. Communications, Pennsylvania State University
- Brechner Center Launches Season Two of the “Why Don’t We Know” Podcast (January 13, 2023)
- “FOIA Terrorist” Jason Leopold Shares Insights on Using the Freedom of Information Act as an Investigative Tool (October 24, 2022)
- Sara Ganim Featured in Podcasts on Sexual Assault Gag Orders and System Failures in Protecting Sexual Abuse Victims (June 13, 2022)
- Brechner Center Faculty and Research Associates Represented at National 2021 FOI Virtual Summit (September 23, 2021)
- Get to Know Dean Hub Brown (September 16, 2021)
- All News About Sara Ganim
Syllabi from the current and three previous semesters: