Award-winning alumna, NPR correspondent highlight conference

A Pulitzer Prize-winning Penn State alumna and an award-winning correspondent for NPR will visit the University Park campus for the Foster-Foreman Conference of Distinguished Writers in early October, interacting with students and participating in free public presentations and question-and-answer sessions.

The two-day event features Pulitzer Prize winner Sara Ganim of The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa., at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, the HUB-Robeson Center Auditorium and David Greene of NPR at 10:10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, Heritage Hall of the HUB-Robeson Center.

Both sessions are free and open to the public.

Ganim became, at 24, one of the youngest winners in the 95-year history of the Pulitzer Prize when she and The Patriot-News of Harrisburg, Pa., were recognized this year for local reporting. 

In March 2011, Ganim was the first to report that a grand jury was investigating Jerry Sandusky for child sex abuse. Ganim continued to work on the story, and on Nov. 4, 2011, she reported that the former assistant football coach had been indicted. She continues to lead the reporting on the scandal. 

Ganim, who earned her journalism degree from Penn State in 2008, also has won a George Polk Award for Journalism, a Distinguished Writing Award from the American Society of News Editors, and a Scripps Howard Award for Community Journalism. In March, she was named by Newsweek magazine as one of “150 Fearless Women in the World.”

Greene is a host/correspondent for the NPR programs “Morning Edition” and “Weekend Edition.” 

Before beginning that assignment this year, he worked two years as a Moscow-based correspondent for NPR, covering the vast region from Ukraine to Siberia. He also reported from the Middle East, and in 2011 he earned the Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize for his coverage of the Arab Spring. 

Earlier he was NPR’s White House correspondent for four years. On that beat he spent three months in 2009 driving across America to learn how the recession was affecting the lives of ordinary Americans. He had an integral role in NPR’s 2008 election coverage and was honored by the White House Correspondents Association for deadline coverage of the presidency.

Before joining NPR in 2005, Greene, a graduate of McCaskey High School in Lancaster and Harvard University, spent nearly seven years as a reporter for The Baltimore Sun. 

A gift from Penn State alumni Larry and Ellen Foster, who rank among the most consistent and loyal supporters of the University, made the conference possible in 1999. Counting the two visitors this fall, the conference has welcomed 37 Pulitzer Prize winners since its inception.

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Last Updated January 09, 2015