Monday, April 16, 2012

Sara Ganim and Harrisburg daily's staff beat out a Maine weekly for Pulitzer Prize in local reporting

As widely expected, young reporter Sara Ganim and other staff members of The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa., today won the Pulitzer Prize for local reporting "for courageously revealing and adeptly covering the explosive Penn State sex scandal involving former football coach Jerry Sandusky," the Pulitzer board announced today. (Image from "Reliable Sources," CNN)

While Ganim's work has been widely recognized, little has been heard of another finalist in the category: Editor A.M. Sheehan of the weekly Advertiser Democrat of Norway, Me., and former Assistant Editor Matthew Hongoltz-Hetling, "for their tenacious exposure of disgraceful conditions in federally supported housing in a small rural community that, within hours, triggered a state investigation." For the paper's story about itself, click here. The other finalist was California Watch, founded by the Center for Investigative Reporting, "for its rigorous probe of deficient earthquake protection in the construction of public schools across the state."

For the other Pulitzer Prizes, click here.

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