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Alex Trebek

Over the years, our host, Alex Trebek, has become synonymous with Jeopardy! He truly is the face of America’s Favorite Quiz Show®.

Alex Trebek has been the host of Jeopardy! since the syndicated debut of America’s Favorite Quiz Show® in 1984. He has become one of television’s most enduring and iconic figures, engaging millions of viewers worldwide with his impeccable delivery of “answers and questions.”

Alex Trebek Emmy Award

In June 2020, Trebek won the Daytime Emmy® Award for Outstanding Game Show Host, bringing his total to seven; he also has a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He has been honored with a Guinness World Records® record for Most Game Show Episodes Hosted by the Same Presenter: he has hosted more than 8,000 episodes of Jeopardy! (and counting). In 2013, he was named a member of the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame, and in 2018, he and Jeopardy! were inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Broadcasting Hall of Fame. Trebek and Jeopardy! received a 2011 Peabody Award for “encouraging, celebrating and rewarding knowledge.”

I think what makes Jeopardy! special is that, among all the quiz and game shows out there, ours tends to reward and encourage learning.

Born in Sudbury, Ontario, Trebek attended the University of Ottawa, where he earned a degree in philosophy. After university, Trebek worked for the CBC, covering national news and special events for radio and television. He made his American television debut in 1973 as the host of NBC’s game show “Wizard of Odds,” and after several other hosting roles, he became the host of Jeopardy!

In 2017, Trebek was named an officer of the Order of Canada, his native country’s second-highest civilian honor. He is one of the few celebrities to have been honored with a coveted star on both the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Canadian Walk of Fame.

Trebek has maintained strong ties to the University of Ottawa: he has created scholarships, sponsored a Lecture Series, and supported the construction of Alumni Hall, which, in May 2015, was named in his honor. He was conferred an honorary doctorate, and he received the Meritas Tabaret Award for Alumni Achievement, the top award bestowed upon University of Ottawa alumni. He is a long-time supporter of World Vision and has traveled to many third-world countries on behalf of that organization. In 2020, Trebek and his wife, Jean, made a joint donation to Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission in the San Fernando Valley.

In March 2019, Trebek announced that he had pancreatic cancer. Since the announcement, he has undergone treatment while continuing to host Jeopardy!, inspiring millions with his upbeat and candid messages about his health.

Trebek published a best-selling book in July 2020, “The Answer Is…: Reflections on My Life.” He will donate all his proceeds from the book to charity.

Trebek and Jean reside in Los Angeles. They have two adult children: Emily, a real estate developer in Los Angeles, and Matthew, the owner of OSO, a Mexican restaurant, and Lucille’s, a restaurant/bar, both in Harlem, New York.

Beyond the Lectern

Travel

TRAVEL

Being Alex Trebek definitely doesn’t mean staying put at Stage 10. In fact, he’s frequently on the move. When he can break free from his hectic work schedule, Alex might be found visiting his favorite vacation spot: Brontë Country in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England, tops the list.

As for memorable work destinations, he will never forget the 9/11 Memorial. Some of his other favorites include the Galápagos Islands, Machu Picchu, Israel, the Barnes Museum in Philadelphia, and the Metropolitan Opera costume shop.

Alex has been all over the world, but he still has a Bucket List: he'd still like to visit Tibet, Easter Island, and Iguaçu Falls. No one ever accused Alex of being boring!

Favorite Things

FAVORITE THINGS

Alex Trebek’s perfect day consists of fixing things around the house (without help, of course), and watching Turner Classic Movies. Recently, he made his house “storm ready,” which means it is virtually impervious to nature’s wrath. We’d like to think of the Trebek residence as the Stronghold of Knowledge.

When it’s time to kick back, he can do so with the best of them. A glass of chardonnay, a Snickers and a marathon of “Better Call Saul” and “This Week With John Oliver” is his choice solution. A John Grisham novel works too. He argues the plus side to having a short memory is being able to read them over and over again.

Trebekisms

If you can't be in awe of mother nature, there's something wrong with you.

Alex Trebek

It's far easier to be nice to people than to be mean, with far greater rewards.

Alex Trebek

Now being pope, that’d be okay because I look great in white.

Alex Trebek

I'm an analog man in a digital world.

Alex Trebek