‘Jeopardy!’ watch party set for Wright State’s Emily Bingham

By Jim Hannah
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January 27, 2016

When Wright State University senior Emily Bingham picks up the buzzer on “Jeopardy!” and tests her knowledge against other bright college students from around the country, she will have a special cheering section.

A “Jeopardy!” watch party has been scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 2, when Bingham’s performance in early January will be aired.

The Wright State Alumni Association invites students, alumni and “Jeopardy!” fans to attend the party, which will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. at Fox and Hound, 2661 Fairfield Commons Boulevard in Beavercreek.

The Alumni Association will provide appetizers at the watch party. RSVP is not required but highly encouraged to help with catering. Register online >>

Can't join us in Dayton? Find out where and when you can watch the episode on Tuesday, February 2, and cheer on your fellow Raider!

Bingham, a senior double majoring in literature and marketing, was among the 15 contestants competing in the “Jeopardy! College Championship” on Jan. 5-6 at Sony Pictures Studios’ Stage 10 in Culver City, California. Contestants included students from Stanford, Brown, Columbia, USC, Virginia, Northwestern and the University of California, Berkeley.

Hosted by Alex Trebek, “Jeopardy!” features a quiz competition in which contestants are given knowledge clues in the form of answers and must respond with the questions. The show employs nine writers and five researchers to create and assemble the categories and clues.

With 7,000 episodes aired, the daily syndicated version of “Jeopardy!” has won a record 31 Daytime Emmy Awards and was ranked No. 45 on TV Guide’s list of the 60 greatest shows in American television history.

When she arrived at Wright State in 2011, Bingham realized that besides knowledge about literature she had also pick up a little bit of science, history and art along the way. She has since become more knowledgeable in psychology, sociology and anthropology. And she got even more practice when she founded a Quiz Bowl team at Wright State.

Bingham is also editor of The Fogdog Review, the campus’ literary review magazine. She was active in Student Government, serving as director of campus culture, and was secretary of the Dean’s Student Advisory Board in the College of Liberal Arts. She currently works at Wright State’s Center for Urban and Public Affairs and is a marketing intern at the Wright State Alumni Association.

Last year, Bingham passed the online “Jeopardy!” quiz, which involves 50 questions that each must be answered within 15 seconds. In November, she was invited to an in-person tryout at the Le Méridien Columbus hotel in Ohio’s capital city. There was a written test, a personality interview and a mock “Jeopardy!” competition with buzzers.

The tournament uses a 10-game format: 15 players, in groups of three, play in five quarterfinal games; the winners of those five games and the four highest-scoring non-winners become the nine semifinalists who compete in three games. The three semifinal winners advance to the two-day final round, in which contestants play two separate matches, with the contestants’ combined scores for both matches determining the champion.