Alex Trebek and Faris Alikhan 
Photo: Contributed
Photo: Contributed

Atlanta speechwriter wins first Jeopardy! appearance 

Speechwriters are often tasked with writing both a victory and a concession speech before a big event with an unknown outcome. 

If that’s what the Atlanta speechwriter who appeared on Jeopardy! did, he’d be pulling out the former. 

In his first-time appearance on Thursday, Faris Alikhan beat his competitors — Elana Schor, a Washington D.C. journalist and Mary Kate Moriarty, a Virginia dentist — with $22,700 in winnings. Alikhan is no stranger to going the distance, as he told host Alex Trebek he once walked the 80 miles of Hadrian’s Wall in Great Britain with a group of friends. 

Alikhan answered 23 questions correctly and missed two, according to The Jeopardy! Fan. He correctly answered the Final Jeopardy question, about which 19th century author thanked a herpetologist of Upper India and an elephant named Bahadur Shah in the preface to a book of his stories — Rudyard Kipling.

He will again appear on the quiz competition show at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13 on WXIA-TV NBC. His competitors are Jackie Fuchs, a California attorney writer, and Noah Link, an organic farmer. 

Alikhan joins the ranks of metro Atlanta contestants, such as: a teen student from Peachtree City, a stay-at-home dad and lawyer, an Atlanta librarian who knows her Kendrick Lamar trivia, a Georgia Tech student who retweeted his haters, the chairman of the DeKalb County GOP and an archivist at the Breman Museum.

The show is in its 35th season.


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Over the years, contestants have represented Atlanta on "Jeopardy!" many times. Winning players from the area have included interesting people such as a high school dropout, an MIT college student and a young archivist. September 2018: Jordan Moore, a Cincinnati native who works at the Atlanta University Center library, got second place. Moore impressed by knowing the podcast Dissect broke down Kendrick Lamar's Grammy-winning album "To Pimp a Butterfly." April 2018: GIT freshman Rishab Jain was a semifina
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