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Brianne Barker with Jeopardy! host Ken Jennings.
Brianne Barker '02 with Jeopardy! host Ken Jennings. Photo by Jeopardy!

Duke grad returning to 'Jeopardy!'

2022 winner to compete in Champions Wildcard matchup Dec. 1

Duke biology graduate Brianne Barker '02, returns to "Jeopardy!" Friday, Dec. 1, in the Champions Wildcard Quarterfinal Matchup.

Barker, an associate professor and chair of the biology department at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, fulfilled a lifelong dream when she first appeared on "Jeopardy!" in July 2022. She was a one-game winner and took home $11,700.

The Wildcard tournament brings back 105 past winners to compete for a spot in the show’s prestigious Tournament of Champions.  For the first time ever, players who won one, two or three games in Seasons 37 and 38 but did not qualify for the Tournament of Champions in those seasons were invited back to compete for a berth in this season’s “Tournament of Champions.”  

Contestants were divided up into four groups, with Barker playing in the Hearts Group.