ABC 7 Chicago localizes ‘Jeopardy!’ champ story

WLS, the network O&O in Chicago and longtime home of syndication quiz show “Jeopardy!” has taken notice of native James Holzhauer’s record breaking winning streak.

Although Holzhauer is identified as being from Las Vegas, Nevada, on the show’s intro, he attended high school in Naperville, Illinois, a major suburb outside of Chicago.

To localize the story, ABC 7 interviewed his former teachers.

The package ran Thursday, April 18, 2019, and the show’s 4 p.m. newscast tease that airs just before “Jeopardy!” starts included the story — a natural fit for the promo.

Unfortunately, the station had a bit of a technical glitch during the tease, which caused a blank screen to appear before returning to the studio shot of anchor Rob Elgas standing next to a generic “Eyewitness News” graphic.

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