Sara Ganim, who won a Pulitzer Prize for her reporting on the Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State, joined CNN as a correspondent this week, The (Harrisburg, Pa.) Patriot-News reports. “I’m excited to have the chance to cover national breaking news and enterprise," Ganim told her former paper. She will be based in Atlanta.

Ganim told the paper her move was unrelated to the paper's plan to cut staff and print frequency.

“If you ask me if I had one hesitation, it’s definitely that I wanted to see this through,” she said. “I know people will speculate about it but this has nothing to do with any lack of faith in what The Patriot is doing.”

Ganim told Poynter's Mallary Tenore in August she had no immediate plans to leave the Pennsylvania paper:

“I’m not going to make a rash decision,” she said. “When the right opportunity comes, I’m going to consider it, but for right now I’m going to stick to where I am.”

Ganim became a CNN contributor this past summer.

“When she started doing CNN, it obviously came naturally. She has journalistic chops and talent to work on any platform. There are not a lot of people who can do that," Managing Editor Mike Feeley said in the paper's story about Ganim's move.

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