27 year-old Emma Boettcher has defeated reigning “Jeopardy” champion James Holzhauer after his historic run on the game show.
A resident of Chicago, Boettcher works for the University of Chicago as a user experience resident librarian. Boettcher attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she worked as a library account manager. She received her master’s degree in library sciences in 2016, and her paper — “Predicting the Difficulty of Trivia Questions Using Text Features” — focused on the game of “Jeopardy” itself.
Meredith Hale & @emma_boettcher presented 2016 Dean's Achievement Award.
— UNC SILS (@uncsils) May 8, 2016
In addition, Boettcher worked for the Orange County Public Library.
— OCNC Public Library (@OCPLibraries) June 3, 2019
Boettcher’s victory on the show took the nation by surprise. Holzhauer’s winning streak on “Jeopardy” was among the highest-grossing in the show’s history, but he ultimately finished $58,484 shy of the mark set by Ken Jennings in 2004.
Among those surprised was show host Alex Trebek, who exclaimed, “What a game! Oh my gosh!”
Holzhauer took the loss in stride and walked over to give Boettcher a high-five following her win.
Featured image via Libbie Hough, Orange County Public Library