When Ken appeared on his first-ever episode of Jeopardy!, he was introduced as “a software program engineer from Salt Lake Metropolis, Utah.” In line with the bio on his web site, Ken held that place at a healthcare staffing firm. All through his 74-game streak on the present, nevertheless, he was immediately thrust into the highlight and receiving nationwide consideration. He was capable of take his illustrious sport present profession and use it as a jumping-off level to turning into a broadcast writer.
In 2006, Ken printed the guide Brainiac: Adventures within the Curious, Aggressive, Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs. In it, he wrote about his personal expertise with trivia — from competing on his faculty’s quiz bowl staff to his time on Jeopardy! — in addition to the historical past and tradition of trivia in America. He says on his web site that he saved his day job all through his time on the present, however after being supplied the guide deal, he took some “semi-permanent go away” to work on Brainiac.
The 46-year-old has gone on to put in writing a number of extra books, together with Ken Jennings’ Journey Almanac, Maphead, Planet Humorous, and a kids’s collection known as Junior Genius Guides. He additionally co-hosts a podcast with John Roderick known as Omnibus. They name the podcast “a whole compendium of human historical past and achievement” — so, clearly, that’s a reasonably large job. Nevertheless it’s not the one factor retaining Ken busy as of late!