Sara Ganim Cevallos is a Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist, and the current Hearst Journalism Fellow at the University of Florida’s Brechner Center, where she hosts the podcast Why Don’t We Know.
Ganim Cevallos 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 Cevallos then spent seven years at CNN, focused on investigative reporting and other important stories, such as drinking water issues in rural america, the rise of Antifa, and conflicts and ethics issues in former President Trump’s cabinet.
In 2020, she made her first independent film, No Defense, which garnered film festival recognition, and she has consulted or reported for several other films, including the Emmy-nominated films, Deadly Haze and Paterno.
Sara plans to spend her time as a Spencer Fellow researching and writing about the weaponization of privacy laws in public education, and how often times laws that were meant to protect students are instead used to keep them in the dark about critical information.