Journalist who won Pulitzer for Coverage of Penn State Scandal to Discuss Ethics and Sports at Marymount University

CNN Correspondent Sara Ganim, who won a Pulitzer Prize for her coverage of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal at Penn State, will discuss ethics in sports at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9 at Marymount University. One of the youngest Pulitzer winners in history, Ganim will be honored with the Marymount Ethics Award during the free event in Marymount’s Reinsch Library Auditorium, 2807 North Glebe Road.

“We’re always looking to inspire our students, and we think they’ll be able to identify with Sara because of what she accomplished when she was just a few years out of college,” said Dr. Brian Doyle, director of Marymount’s Center for Ethical Concerns. “What she did to win the Pulitzer was very brave, with some real personal ethics and risks involved. I’m hoping that regardless of what our students’ majors are that they can relate to her and understand their own potential.”

The public is invited to “Finding Ethics in the World of Sports: a Conversation with Sara Ganim,” during which Doyle will interview the journalist. It’s part of the school’s annual Ethics Awareness Week, Feb. 6-10. This year’s theme is “Sports and Ethics.” 

Ganim joined CNN in 2012 after earning a Pulitzer at The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa., for her coverage of the Sandusky scandal. She won a 2015 Sigma Delta Chi award from the Society of Professional Journalists for her reporting on an academic scandal involving athletes at the University of North Carolina.

A 2008 graduate of Penn State with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, Ganim broke the story of the grand jury investigation into sexual abuse of children by Sandusky, a former football coach there. She reported on his crimes and the surrounding scandal that enveloped the school, head coach Joe Paterno and Sandusky’s Second Mile Charity. Now based in New York, Ganim has worked on a wide range of stories for the network, including investigative reporting on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.

She has been honored with the George Polk Award in journalism, the Sidney Award for socially conscious journalism and was recognized by the Associated Press Managing Editors association for her work with student journalists. Ganim has taught college-level journalism and often speaks to college and high school journalists. In May 2015, she delivered the commencement address at the American University in Dubai.

Ganim is a 2015 fellow of the Journalist Law School program at Loyola Law School and was honored with the Philip Habib Award for Distinguished Public Service by the American Task Force for Lebanon.

Marymount University is an independent, coeducational Catholic university offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in a wide range of disciplines. For a complete listing of Ethics Awareness Week activities, go to


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Sara Ganim