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Jeff Savage's life work takes him to stadiums and ballparks around the country where he meets the superstars of sports. He goes onto the playing fields and into the locker rooms to interview the greatest athletes of today.

Jeffrey Errwood Savage was born March 9, 1961, in Fremont, California, where he spent most of his waking hours playing childhood sports. In elementary school, he listened to his teachers and earned good grades, but his favorite time was recess and lunch period on the playground. At home, he studied at the green wooden desk in his room, but preferred going outside to shoot baskets or play football with his friends. Today he is still active in sports like skiing, karate, and triathlons.

Jeff's interest in writing was sparked by a bizarre incident in sixth grade that he reveals to students at schools he visits. In high school he played sports and, more important, earned good grades in order to attend college.

Jeff received an academic scholarship to UCLA, and later attended UC San Diego where he became the sports director of the campus radio station, the public address announcer at Triton sporting events, and the sports editor of the college newspaper. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications.

Jeff was a sportswriter for eight years with the metropolitan daily newspaper San Diego Union-Tribune. It was more fun than work since Jeff got to travel around the country to meet athletes and watch sporting events and write about them. His favorite memories were football games like the one at Denver's Mile High Stadium when he watched John Elway lead the Broncos to the Super Bowl, or the one at Candlestick Park when he saw Joe Montana riddle the Rams with perfect passes in a 48-0 victory.

Now Jeff is a children's author. He enjoys talking with athletes and learning about their childhood adventures, but sometimes he writes books about other subjects like the Wild West or Y2K. He is the prolific author of over 170 books, and has received numerous awards for his work, with more than half his books being adopted by the National Accelerated Reader Program.

Jeff is married to elementary school teacher Nancy Ann Conroy (Savage), and together they have two sons, Taylor (born April 1997) and Bailey (May 1999). The family lived in the Napa Valley in Northern California for 12 years before moving in 2006 to El Dorado Hills in the Gold Country. In 2015, they moved to Folsom.

To learn more about Jeff Savage, go to the reference desk at your local library and ask the librarian for the International Authors and Writers Who's Who (Cambridge, England: International Biographical Centre, 1999) or Volume 97 of Something About the Author (Detroit, Michigan: Gale Research, 1998).

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