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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist to speak at JMU
James Madison University alumnus and 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner Jeff Gammage will return to campus on Monday to discuss why, in an era of blogs, social media and declining readership, journalism still matters.
Gammage, who graduated in 1982, is part of a team of Philadelphia Inquirer reporters who won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for their yearlong investigation into violence in Philadelphia’s public schools. The seven-part series, “Assault on Learning,” ran from March 27 through April 3, 2011.
A former news editor of The Breeze, JMU’s student newspaper, Gammage worked as a reporter for the Roanoke Times & World News before joining the Inquirer reporting staff in 1987. Among his many professional accolades, he contributed to the Inquirer’s award-winning coverage of the 2006 mass shooting at an Amish school in Lancaster County, Pa.
Gammage frequently writes on the topic of adoption and is the author of the book “China Ghosts: My Daughter’s Journey to America, My Passage to Fatherhood.”
He will speak at 7 p.m. Monday in Harrison Hall, Room 2105.