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Oakland’s Amy Schneider Wins ‘Jeopardy!’s’ Tournament of Champions

Written by Peter-Astrid KanePublished Nov. 21, 2022 • 4:30pm
Contestant Amy Schneider on set during Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions. | Courtesy Jeopardy!

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Amy Schneider, the Oakland writer whose 40-game winning streak earlier this year on Jeopardy! made her a local legend and an LGBTQ+ folk hero, has clinched another title. After six games, Schneider won the show’s Tournament of Champions, taking home $250,000.

Northern California dominated the tournament. Schneider beat Andrew He, a software developer from San Francisco (who won $100,000) and Sam Buttrey, a college professor from Pacific Grove (who ended up with $50,000).

“I feel amazing,” Schneider said in a news release. “Earlier in the finals, I had this sudden moment of seeing myself and being like ‘I’m on stage in the Tournament of Champions finals,’ and that was crazy. And I won! It’s a great feeling.”

Host Ken Jennings poses with Tournament of Champions winner Amy Schneider. | Photo courtesy of Jeopardy Productions, Inc.

No spoilers here, but the Final Jeopardy! clue was about 19th-century American theater. In spite of never once landing on a Daily Double in the last game, Schneider went into that last question in the lead and got it right, wagering appropriately.

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During her initial run on the show, Schneider, an Ohio native who is transgender, became known for her genial style of play as well as engaging with a growing fan base on Twitter. She parlayed her fame into an appearance at the White House and a speaking tour.

After longtime host Alex Trebek’s death in 2020, hosting duties have been shared by actor Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings, whose 74-game winning streak remains the longest in Jeopardy! history.

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