Sara Ganim and the staff of The Patriot-News on Monday won the Pulitzer Prize for local reporting for its coverage of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse case. The Pulitzer Prize board lauded Ganim and the newspaper for “courageously revealing and adeptly covering the explosive Penn State sex scandal involving former football coach Jerry Sandusky.” It’s the first Pulitzer Prize for the news organization, which was founded in 1854. In March 2011, Ganim broke the news that Sandusky, a former Penn State assistant football coach, was under investigation for alleged child sexual abuse. “This is definitely a win for the whole newsroom, for everyone standing here,” said Ganim, surrounded by Patriot-News staff shortly after the awards were announced. “But more importantly it’s a win for everyone in every newsroom just like ours all across the country because, better than any award, the most rewarding thing in this whole process has been people telling me that this story and our coverage has changed their mind about local reporting.” “What really struck me about this story and about Sara’s work is that this was not a case where a big newsroom put together a team to look at some issue,” said Patriot-News Editor David Newhouse. “This originally came from one reporter on her beat, doing her job.” Only 24, Ganim, a 2008 Penn State graduate, is one of the youngest reporters to ever win a Pulitzer Prize.