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Illinois Librarian Wins on ‘Jeopardy!’

Jeopardy! host Ken Jennings and librarian Abby Mann

Congratulations to librarian Abby Mann for her win on the May 28 episode of “Jeopardy!

A digital scholarship librarian at Illinois Wesleyan University’s Ames Library, Mann came from behind in Final Jeopardy! to put an end to graduate student Amar Kakirde’s four-game winning streak, winning $5,200 in the process. Mann will defend her title against a teacher and an archivist in a new episode airing tonight.

It’s no surprise that librarians and library workers are fierce competitors on "Jeopardy!" With their research skills and proximity to information daily, it’s hard to think of better contestants. Mann joins a long list of librarians and library workers who have appeared on the show over the years. Recent notables include Rhone Talsma, a multimedia librarian at Chicago Ridge (Ill.) Library, who beat long-running champ Amy Schneider in January 2022, and Emma Boettcher, a librarian at the University of Chicago, who famously ended James Holzhauer's 32-game winning streak in 2019.

Tune in this evening to see Mann defend her title. Good luck, Abby!

May 28 Jeopardy! contestants
Librarian Abby Mann (center) on the May 28 episode of "Jeopardy!"

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