The Patriot-News crime reporter's work on the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal earned her the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting Monday.
Sara Ganim, 24, broke the high-profile story in March 2011, when she reported that the former Penn State assistant football coach was being investigated by a grand jury.
The story hit mainstream media in November after Sandusky was charged, following a two-year investigation. The 68-year-old former defensive coordinator has pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting 10 boys over a 15-year period.
Ganim and fellow staff at the Harrisburg, Pa.-based Patriot-News earned the award Monday "for courageously revealing and adeptly covering the explosive" story, read a statement on the Pulitzer website.
The scandal rocked the Penn State community, eventually leading to the firing of legendary football coach Joe Paterno, the resignation of university president Graham Spanier and perjury charges against Penn State officials Tim Curley and Gary S...