Despite being supported by tax dollars, Penn State University is not subject to the state’s open records laws. Penn State’s records, including police records, e-mail, phone records, calendars and memos, are closed. Poynter's Al Tompkins writes about how that exemption played a role in surpressing information in the Jerry Sandusky case.
Tompkins quotes Sara Ganim, who won the Pulitzer Prize for her coverage: “There is nothing that is public from Penn State,” Ganim said. “Everything is what you get from people, and there is such a degree of loyalty that prosecutors have even been thrown off by it.” Some reporters, she said, call Penn State “the Kremlin.”