Young Harrisburg reporter has led reporting on sexual abuse story

Sara Ganim, crime reporter for The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa., reported in March that a grand jury was investigating Jerry Sandusky for allegations of sexual abuse. Working at a midsized newspaper enabled Ganim, who graduated from Penn State in 2008, to develop sources on a beat rather than being assigned low-level stories if she had worked at a larger newspaper, writes Jon Friedman. “Ganim has had an advantage of covering the story for a paper out of the national limelight. … Sometimes it’s a blessing to be a big fish in a small pond — especially when opportunity knocks.”

“Crime reporting can [be] technical or touching,” she mused. “You can really do a lot of good. I’m usually covering people on the worst days of their lives. I can write about DUI crash victims and maybe help to bring about changes in laws or in rules about medical assistance.”

Related: Smaller staffs one reason that Pennsylvania media didn’t expose story sooner (The Wrap) | Patriot-News editor says newspaper broke story as soon as its reporting allowed (Patriot-News) | Poynter Review ombudsman says ESPN’s early coverage of Penn State sexual abuse scandal slow, “tone-deaf” (

We have made it easy to comment on posts, however we require civility and encourage full names to that end (first initial, last name is OK). Please read our guidelines here before commenting.