Whitney Wood (VIU)

A Nanaimo woman is putting her knowledge, and lightning-quick thumbs, to the test while competing on tonight’s Jeopardy! in hopes of winning big.

Airing Thursday, June 23rd, Vancouver Island University (VIU) professor Dr. Whitney Wood is the next Canadian to appear on an episode of the classic game show around since the 1960s.

According to VIU, Wood is a historian of medicine, health, and the gendered body in modern Canada who earned her Ph.D. from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, in 2016, before joining VIU in July 2019.


Formerly hosted by Alex Trebek, on Jeopardy! the answers are given first, and the contestants supply the questions, with Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings now sharing hosting duties.

Wood is competing against returning champion Jeff Weinstock, a marketing lecturer from Miami, Florida, and Andrew Lewis, a lawyer from Oakland, California.

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