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Jeff Gammage is a staff writer at The Philadelphia Inquirer, malady
where he often writes about adoption. Last year he was part of a team of reporters who received a national Sigma Delta Chi award for excellence in deadline reporting, for their coverage of a mass shooting at an Amish school in Lancaster County.
Before joining the metro staff, Gammage worked as a staff writer on the Inquirer Sunday Magazine, and as a national correspondent, covering eight states from a bureau in Pittsburgh. He wrote for the Roanoke Times & World-News in Roanoke, Va., before joining The Inquirer.
Gammage was born in Trenton, raised in Willingboro, N.J., and graduated in 1982 from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va.
In 2002, he and his wife, Christine, traveled to Hunan Province, China, where they adopted their daughter, Jin Yu, from the Xiangtan Social Welfare Institute. Jin Yu, 2 at the time, now attends first grade, where she specializes in drawing pictures of princesses.
In 2004, the three of them returned to China, this time to Gansu Province, to adopt a second daughter, Zhao Gu, then 1, from the Wuwei SWI. Zhao Gu, now 4, is pursuing her interest in pantomime and making funny faces.
The Gammages live in Elkins Park, Pa. They and their daughters hope to visit China in 2009.