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Ken Jennings

Jeopardy! champion & host

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Ken Jennings rose to unexpected fame in 2004 with his 74-game winning streak on the quiz show Jeopardy! In 2020, he won the Jeopardy! “Greatest of All Time” championship and was subsequently chosen to host the show after the passing of longtime host Alex Trebek. He is the co-creator of the Omnibus podcast and the author of 13 books, including New York Times bestsellers Brainiac and Maphead. He lives in Seattle.

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Scheduled Appearances

Vox's "Decoder" live podcast taping: Intelligence in Jeopardy

Crosscut Festival 2023
Sat May 6, 2023 | 10:30am

Ken Jennings is the highest-earning American game-show contestant ever, having won money on five different game shows, including $4,522,700 on Jeopardy!, which he now co-hosts. He believes that learning is a lifelong process, and that there is always something new to learn: "The more you learn, the more you realize how much you don't know. Embrace that feeling and keep learning."

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Peter Kafka
Featuring: Ken Jennings, Peter Kafka

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About the Festival

The Cascade PBS Ideas Festival brings together journalists, newsmakers, and innovators from around the country to talk about the issues that are animating our cultural conversations. The festival includes live recordings of television and podcasts from The Atlantic, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, Pushkin, NPR and PBS; as well as community meetups, meet-and-greets, food trucks, DJs, and more.

The Cascade PBS Ideas Festival will take place May 4, 2024, at the Amazon Meeting Center, 2031 Seventh Ave. Seattle, WA 98121.

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