‘Jeopardy’ champion who grew up in Dayton continues historic run

Amy Schnieder, an Oakland, California engineering manager with roots in Dayton, is the reigning nine-time “Jeopardy” champion. Her current winnings total $342,200.

caption arrowCaption
Amy Schnieder, an Oakland, California engineering manager with roots in Dayton, is the reigning nine-time “Jeopardy” champion. Her current winnings total $342,200.

Amy Schneider’s “Jeopardy” winning streak grew more historic Friday night.

caption arrowCaption
"Jeopardy" host Ken Jennings with Amy Schneider.

Credit: CONTRIBUTED

"Jeopardy" host Ken Jennings with Amy Schneider.

Credit: CONTRIBUTED

caption arrowCaption
"Jeopardy" host Ken Jennings with Amy Schneider.

Credit: CONTRIBUTED

Credit: CONTRIBUTED

Reigning for 13 days, her winnings total $536,400. She is now the fourth all-time champion in regular-season play.

At the beginning of Friday’s episode, host Ken Jennings noted Schneider was the fifth-highest money-winner in regular-season play. In fact, he said almost no other player has won more money in the first 12 games, including himself.

“The only other 12-day champ with more money than Amy at this point is James Holzhauer,” Jennings said. “That’s very lofty company, indeed.”

ExploreUPDATE: The reigning ‘Jeopardy’ champion. Who is Dayton’s own Amy Schneider?

The Top 3 highest-winning champions in regular-season play are Jennings ($2,520,700), Holzhauer ($2,462,216) and Matt Amodio ($1,518,601). Schneider surpassed Jason Zuffranieri ($532,496) to take fourth place.

During the interview segment, the Oakland, California engineering manager discussed her love of theater, particularly Shakespeare.

“I have been (an actor) from childhood up through about six or seven years ago,” she said. “I got into Shakespeare as a kid. So, out of his plays, I’ve done 12 of them at one time or another, and there have been some repeats in there as well.”

ExploreReigning ‘Jeopardy’ champion rolls on

Schneider grew up in Dayton, graduating from Chaminade-Julienne High School. She was also active in Drama Club and appeared in both plays and musicals, particularly “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Snoopy.” She also appeared in the Dayton Playhouse productions of “Mame,” “Oliver!” and “Scrooge.”

Competing since Nov. 17, Schneider has a two-week break due to the “Jeopardy” Professors Tournament. She’ll be back in action Dec. 20.

“Jeopardy” airs weeknights at 7:30 on WDTN Channel 2.

About the Author