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Former Baltimore Sun financial columnist and Kaiser Health News correspondent Jay Hancock will compete on "Jeopardy" Oct. 4.
Former Baltimore Sun financial columnist and Kaiser Health News correspondent Jay Hancock will compete on "Jeopardy" Oct. 4. (Jeopardy)

Former Baltimore Sun financial columnist and Ellicott City resident Jay Hancock will give viewers a glimpse next week of how much he knows after more than three decades in journalism.

The journalist, now a senior correspondent for Kaiser Health News, will compete on TV game show "Jeopardy" Oct. 4, the show has confirmed.

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"My wife, Karen, has been encouraging me to try out for years, and I finally did," said Hancock, who since around 1983 has covered everything from the State Department to economics and health care. The 61-year-old auditioned in March 2015 for the show, which required an online test and live tryouts, but it wasn't until March of this year that he got a callback.

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That's when he began practicing, using books to study and capitalizing on his knowledge from past episodes. There were some categories that he decided to avoid, like current TV shows, he said.

"I'm totally clueless … so I tried to concentrate on [categories] I'm half-decent at," said Hancock, who filmed the show in April.

While he can't give details on the outcome (no spoilers!), Hancock was enthusiastic about meeting host Alex Trebek, the show's announcer, Johnny Gilbert, and more than a dozen contestants, which included some stiff competition, Hancock said, adding that he'll be watching the episode unfold at a viewing party at a restaurant in the region.

You can watch Hancock's "Jeopardy" debut at 7 p.m. Oct. 4 on WBFF Fox.

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