‘60 Minutes'' Bill Whitaker To Debut as ‘Jeopardy!' Guest Host

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CULVER CITY (CNS) - “60 Minutes'' correspondent Bill Whitaker will debut as the guest host of “Jeopardy!'' tonight with contestant winnings during his two-week tenure matched and donated to the Media Fellowship House.

The Media Fellowship House in the Philadelphia suburb of Media, Pennsylvania, focuses on creating programs, organizing coalitions and facilitating conversations that promote diversity and understanding with a focus on fair housing, education and racial justice advocacy work.

The house was founded in 1944 by four women of different races who wanted to promote fellowship and understanding by creating a space for a diverse community to come together.

A contribution of $138,197 was made to Justice Defenders, which trains paralegals and lawyers in Africa, matching the contestants' winnings last week when CNN anchor Anderson Cooper was in his final week as guest host.

For Cooper's first week as guest host, “Jeopardy!'' donated $118,000 to Hospital Albert Schweitzer Haiti, which also sponsors water and sanitation projects, operates community clinics and sends trained community health workers to remote areas with vaccines, malnutrition screening tools and other basic health services.

“Jeopardy!'' has donated $992,127 to charities designated by recent guest hosts.

“Jeopardy!'' is turning to guest hosts to fill the role held by Alex Trebek since its syndicated revival began in 1984. Trebek died Nov. 8 from pancreatic cancer at the age of 80.

The final group of guest hosts will be “Good Morning America'' hosts George Stephanopoulos and Robin Roberts; actor LeVar Burton; David Faber, a co-host of the CNBC  business show “Squawk on the Street,'' and Fox Sports broadcaster Joe Buck.

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