This Macalester College graduate just made it to the finals of the “Jeopardy!” Tournament of Champions.
The question: Who is Austin Rogers?
Rogers, a New York bartender, earlier this year won 12 straight episodes of the game show and $411,000 in winnings. Only four contestants in the show’s history have won more games or more money.
As a result, Rogers was invited back to compete this month against 14 other multi-game champions from the past two seasons. He bested his opponents in the quarter finals and semi-finals, and will vie in a two-day championship competition starting today (Nov. 16) for $250,000.
Rogers’ opponents are Alan Lin, a six-game, $123,600 winner from Riverside, Calif., and Buzzy Cohen, a nine-game, $164,603 winner from Los Angeles.
The bearded and sometimes quirky Rogers has gotten a haircut since his earlier “Jeopardy!” streak that prompted game show host Alex Trebek to say, “He’s got hair. He’s got chutzpah. He’s got broad-based knowledge.”
“Jeopardy!” airs locally at 4:30 p.m. weekdays on KARE, Ch. 11.