Area native to appear on ‘Jeopardy’ tonight

Central grad Maurer fulfills lifelong dream


A 2008 Central High School graduate will be a contestant on “Jeopardy” tonight.

Danielle Maurer, 31, a digital marketing manager, currently lives in Peach Tree Corners, Georgia, her family said. She will do a Zoom meeting with her family during a watch party.

“We don’t know the outcome,” said aunt Jennifer Eger, and the suspense has the family on pins and needles.

Appearing on “Jeopardy” has been Maurer’s lifelong dream, Eger said, noting that she has applied to be a contestant multiple times and even made it into the contestant pool, but was not chosen for the show.

She finally received notification that she was selected and flew out to California in February for the taping of the show to be aired tonight.

Danielle Maurer stands on the set of “Jeopardy” in February. Maurer appears on the show tonight. Courtesy photo

Maurer said she’s excited to finally have the opportunity to be on the show, having sought it for years.

“It’s taken a long time to get to this point, but it’s everything I’ve wanted,” Maurer said. “When I got the chance to actually go, it was an excellent experience, and everyone on set is so kind and supportive of contestants; it really could not have been a more positive experience.”

As per show contracts, Maurer wasn’t allowed to tell her family how she made out.

“All she’ll tell us is she had an amazing time,” Eger said. “We’re looking forward to finding out how she does.”

Maurer is the daughter of Byron “Lee” and Stephanie Maurer and granddaughter of Ed and Eva Coho, all of Duncansville.

Her mother, Stephanie, said her daughter has been waiting for this moment for quite some time.

“She has been trying to get on ‘Jeopardy’ since she was a teenager,” Stephanie said. “She’s been taking the exam every year and has been persistent. She was just over the moon to be chosen, and we are so excited because this is a bucket list, lifelong dream. We used to watch her watch ‘Jeopardy’ and answer all the questions. She never gave up, and we are so proud and excited for her.”

Eger said the family is proud of Maurer for realizing her dream and excited to finally find out how she did on the show.


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