Sara Ganim | Columbia Journalism School

Sara Ganim

Adjunct Faculty

Sara Ganim is a Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist, with experience in print, television and podcasting. 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 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 2021, she made her debut as a director with her film "No Defense," which garnered film festival recognition and explores government contamination of military bases. 

She has reported for other documentary films, including the CNN documentary "Dirty Water" and the Emmy-nominated CNN documentary "Deadly Haze." She has consulted on feature films, including the Emmy-nominated 2018 HBO film "Paterno."

In June 2019, she was named the University of Florida’s first Hearst Journalism Fellow at its Brechner Center for Freedom of Information, where she both teaches and is the host of the podcast "Why Don’t We Know."