Now that everyone's in recovery from last night's premiere of the much-heralded HBO series Girls, directed and co-created by and starring twenty-five-year-old wunderkind Lena Dunham, 2012 can officially be proclaimed the Year of the Early Twenty-Something White Girl Whose List of Myriad Accomplishments Makes You Want To Crawl Into a Hole With a Bag of Cheetos and Take a Nap. The latest ETSWG to make you feel bad about yourself is twenty-four-year-old Sara Ganim, who recently won the Pulitzer for local reporting for unearthing the Penn State scandal as a staff writer for the Harrisburg Patriot-News. In other news, today I figured out how to videotape myself lip-syncing to "Du Hast" using the Photobooth on my office computer, so I guess everyone's a winner here.
Ganim is not the youngest reporter to ever win the Pulitzer (that would be twenty-three-year-old Jackie Crosby, who won the award in 1985), but she makes up for her youth with a level of journalistic experience that would make Jimmy Olsen pee himself from shame. She's been working as a reporter since she was fifteen, and since graduating from Penn State in 2008, she's held a number of positions at the AP and the Centre Daily Times before landing her current job as crime reporter for the Patriot News. Two years ago, she broke the story that a grand jury was investigating former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky for sexual-abuse allegations, and has since received numerous awards for her coverage, including the prestigious George K. Polk Award and the 2012 Distinguished Writing Award for Local Accountability Reporting. She's even been honored by Newsweek and Glamour, receiving the title of one of the 150 Most Fearless Women in the World from the former publication.
If reading Ganim's resume makes you feel like a completely worthless assemblage of flesh and sinew who has accomplished nothing in life, I would advise you to stop reading, oh, somewhere around here (via Poynter):