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Sandusky Trial Begins

The final appeal—to the Pennsylvania state supreme court—was denied Monday afternoon, so the trial of Jerry Sandusky ’66, ’71g on 52 counts of child sexual abuse will begin Tuesday morning with jury selection. Media trucks were already in position outside the courthouse in Bellefonte on Monday afternoon, as seen by this photo by Michael Dawson ’02, who’s covering the trial for the Centre Daily Times.

Much of the coverage leading up to jury selection has rehashed the circumstances that led to it; you can read a particularly comprehensive report by the Patriot-News in Harrisburg here, and watch a two-minute “catch-up” video by Pulitzer Prize winner Sara Ganim ’08 here.

Judge John Cleland has ruled that reporters in the courtroom (and in the annex; there’s not enough room for all of the media in the courtroom) cannot tweet or otherwise communicate electronically while court is in session, so it’ll be impossible to follow along in real time. But expect regular updates from outlets such as The Daily Collegian, Onward State, the CDT,, the Patriot, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The (Allentown) Morning Call, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. Those news organizations have been covering the scandal on the ground since it happened, and they’re our go-to sources for the latest.

Lori Shontz, senior editor

June 5, 2012 at 8:37 am Leave a comment

Ganim Wins Pulitzer for Sandusky Coverage

If you’ve been following the Sandusky scandal, I’m sure you’ve noticed the tenacious reporting of Sara Ganim ’08, whose March story first alerted the public that Jerry Sandusky ’66, ’71 MEd H&HD was being investigated by a grand jury, and who was at the forefront of the coverage when the scandal became national news in November. She was honored Monday afternoon with journalism’s highest prize, the Pulitzer.

The citation, for local reporting, reads like this: “Awarded to Sara Ganim and members of The Patriot-News Staff, Harrisburg, Penn., for courageously revealing and adeptly covering the explosive Penn State sex scandal involving former football coach Jerry Sandusky.”

“This is definitely a win for the whole newsroom,” Ganim says in this video, which is upside-down. “For everybody standing here. And more important, I think it’s important for everyone in every newsroom just like ours for every newsroom across the country. because better than any award., the most rewarding thing in this whole process is people telling me this story and our coverage has changed their minds about local reporting.”

Ganim, who’s 24 years old and one of the youngest Pulitzer winners, is one of a very small group of Penn Staters who have been so honored:

Norman C. Miller ’56 of the Wall Street Journal won the 1964 prize for local, general, or spot news reporting for a “comprehensive account of a multi-million dollar vegetable oil swindle in New Jersey.”

Rod Nordland ’72 was part of a team from The Philadelphia Inquirer that won the 1983 prize for local, general, or spot news for coverage of the Three Mile Island accident.

Janet Day ’82 was part of a team at The Denver Post that won the 2000 prize for breaking news for coverage of the Columbine shootings.

Novelist Richard Russo, who taught at Penn State Altoona, won the 2002 prize in fiction for Empire Falls, and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Theodore Roethke taught at Penn State from 1936–1943. Additionally, archivist Paul Dzyak ’92 tells us, Donald Bartlett, half of a dynamic investigative duo with James Steele, briefly attended Penn State. Bartlett and Steele won the 1989 Pulitzer for national reporting for an investigation into the 1986 Tax Reform Act. And Mark E. Neely Jr., McCabe-Greer Professor of American Civil War History, won the 1992 prize for history for The Fate of Liberty.

Thanks to Dzyak and Vicki Fong ’81, manager of public relations for the College of the Liberal Arts, for helping to compile this list. If you know of anyone we missed, please let us know in the comments or at our Facebook page.

Lori Shontz, senior editor

P.S. Additionally, Diane Ackerman ’70 was a finalist for the Pulitzer in non-fiction for One Hundred Names for Love, which we excerpted in our July/August issue.

April 16, 2012 at 4:34 pm 1 comment

Summer Reading List: Patrick Chambers Version

It’s generally pretty tough to find college basketball stories in early June, but there’s been some awfully good stuff written about Patrick Chambers, Penn State’s new coach. Here’s a selection of some of our favorites:

Dave Jones of the Harrisburg Patriot-News provides some excellent analysis (as always) in this column, and Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Bob Ford weighs in with this piece. And Mike Poorman of takes a truly original angle here.

And it wasn’t just local media. My former colleague at The Daily Collegian, Dana O’Neil, who now covers college basketball for, weighs in here on why she thinks Penn State’s hire is a good one. Mike DeCourcey of The Sporting News is equally impressed in this piece. And here’s Jeff Eisenberg of Yahoo, detailing how getting stabbed was the first step in Chambers’ journey to Penn State.

One final link: The take from Boston, where Chambers had been coaching at Boston University.

Lori Shontz, senior editor

June 9, 2011 at 9:02 am Leave a comment

JoePa Gets 400, and Much More From a Busy Weekend of Penn State Sports

It’s shaping up to be a beautiful week in State College, fitting weather for the campus-wide good vibes still lingering from Saturday night. I took my 5-year-old to Beaver Stadium, and after the game I told him that one day he’d be able to tell his kids about seeing Joe Paterno win his 400th game. Honestly, I don’t think he grasped it; all my son knew was that he had a blast high-fiving our neighbors in section NAU over and over again in that second half.

In the two days since, there have been a bunch of great stories on Joe Paterno’s 400th career win (we’ve already linked to a couple of them on our Facebook page). Here’s a couple more you might have missed:

This wrap-up from the Altoona Mirror is cool for the embedded video link, which offers a close-up view of Paterno on the shoulders of lineman Eric Shrive and graduate assistant coach Gus Felder ’02 (who I’m pretty sure was on the field as a player when Joe broke Bear Bryant’s Division I victory record back in 2001). It offers a (more…)

November 8, 2010 at 5:54 pm Leave a comment

Two More Reasons Why Saturday Could Be Special

If you pay the least bit of attention to Penn State football, you know that Joe Paterno could win his 400th game as head coach Saturday afternoon. Lots of stories have been written this week about the potential milestone, and we’ve linked to a few of these on our Facebook page, but there’s one more that I think is worth sharing: This piece by David Jones of the Harrisburg Patriot-News offering perspective on why Joe’s 400th is a mark unlikely to be reached by any other college coach.

Win or lose Saturday, the game against Northwestern will be memorable for a group of veterans and staff members from the Van Zandt VA Medical Center in Altoona. It seems an anonymous donor is providing the group with 41 game tickets and a catered tailgate, all as a thank-you to the vets and those who help them. That’s just awesome.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

November 5, 2010 at 6:03 pm Leave a comment

Get Ready for Division I Ice Hockey at Penn State

The rumors have swirled for months — years, actually — and it looks like they’re finally coming to fruition: Penn State will soon be home to Division I ice hockey.

Multiple reports in recent days have hinted as the news, and The Hockey News on Wednesday night all but confirmed it. An announcement is expected Friday outlining what is reported to be an $80- to $90-million donation from Terry Pegula ’73 to fund a new on-campus hockey arena, as well as promoting men’s (and possibly women’s) club hockey to full varsity status, with scholarships to match. We won’t likely have confirmation on any of this until Friday, but in the meantime, we can share these Daily Collegian stories on the opinions of Penn State fans and current Big Ten coaches, this round-up of insights from the Black Shoe Diaries blog, and this prescient column from June in the Harrisburg Patriot-News.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

September 16, 2010 at 8:59 am Leave a comment

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