Columbus' Corrigan to appear on 'Jeopardy' Tuesday

July 26, 2010 2:20:00 PM



Mississippi University for Women English professor, Dr. Nora Corrigan, will appear on the game show, "Jeopardy," set to air locally at 11 a.m. Tuesday on WLOV-TV. 




Originally from Reston, Va., Corrigan holds multiple degrees in English from The College of William & Mary and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She spent a year as a visiting assistant professor at McKendree University in Illinois before starting at MUW in August 2008. She currently teaches Shakespeare, English Literature I and II and composition. 




Corrigan has always liked playing trivia. "Back in grad school, my friends and I used to have epic all-night games of Trivial Pursuit, and I''ve really missed that since I moved here, so I decided to take the online `Jeopardy'' test just for fun. I was very surprised that I actually ended up on the show," she said. 




The screening process to be on the show had two stages. The first part was an online quiz of 50 questions with a strict time limit. After Corrigan passed the quiz, a "Jeopardy" staff member contacted her to travel to one of the cities where they conducted an in-person audition. The audition consisted of a written test, a practice game with buzzers and some practice interviews. 




Corrigan was called by "Jeopardy" producers in February and flew to Los Angeles for the taping of the show in March.