June 17, 2011 —
The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences recently honoured “Jeopardy!” host and uOttawa alumnus Alex Trebek with a lifetime achievement award during the 38th annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Born and raised in Sudbury, Ontario, Trebek graduated from the University of Ottawa High School in 1957 and from the University with a degree in philosophy in 1961. He joined the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) in 1961. While there, he worked in national news and covered a variety of special events for CBC’s radio and television divisions, receiving high praise as a broadcaster.
In 1966, Trebek became host of the Canadian game show “Reach for the Top” and stayed there for seven years until he moved to the United States to host “The Wizard of Odds” (1973) on NBC. He went on to host such game shows as “High Rollers,” “Double Dare” and others. Trebek began hosting “Jeopardy!” in 1984 and returned to NBC to host the revamped version of “Classic Concentration” in 1987.
This season, “Jeopardy!” marked its 6,000th episode milestone. As Trebek celebrates his 27th year as host, he remains as popular as ever. He has won five Daytime Emmy awards in the Outstanding Game Show Host category, received a star on both the Canadian and Hollywood walks of fame and has been described as one of the top 10 Canadians on television.
The University of Ottawa and the entire uOttawa community salute alumnus Alex Trebek for his exceptional contribution to the entertainment world and to our university family.