The game show Jeopardy! has always played an important role in the life of KPBS-based blogger Beth Ford Roth. She grew up watching the program with her late mother and attended the 1995 college tournament edition as a UCSD alternate.
Starting Wednesday, April 6th, Roth – married to San Diego deputy press secretary and former Wall Street Journal reporter Alex Roth – finally gets to show her Jeopardy! stuff, per an appearance taped last November. She tells FishbowlLA the whole thing has been somewhat magical.
“After I passed the online test, I had to audition at a Radisson Hotel in Culver City,” she recalls. “The audition date was my birthday, which tied it back to my mom, who died two years ago. She and I always watched Jeopardy! together; for the taping, I wore a necklace that once belonged to her.”
Ford won’t reveal how she did on the program, but something tells us she made off with more than the $250 she pocketed back in 1995. Roth’s NPR blog “Home Post,” which focuses on the lives of the military in San Diego, is one of a dozen grouped together under the public broadcaster’s local journalism effort dubbed the Argo Network.