Phil Zimmerman

Phil Zimmerman

Communications/Electronic Media, 2002

Senior Publicist, Jeopardy!

I currently live in Los Angeles and am the senior publicist for Jeopardy! As a spokesperson for the show, I work closely with the executive producer and other senior staff to develop creative and timely press angles. I also manage publicity for special tournaments, on-location remotes and red carpet events with host Alex Trebek. One of the most exciting opportunities was developing the publicity campaign for Jeopardy! The IBM Challenge, which pitted an IBM computer ("Watson") against the show's two best players – Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. Due to the highly-publicized campaign, the PR magazine Bulldog Reporter recognized me as its Publicist of the Year.

Prior to joining Jeopardy!, I worked for the Independent Television Service, producer of PBS' Independent Lens. I began my television career as an NBC Page in New York City, working on such shows as Saturday Night Live, The Today Show and Dateline. I also gained experience in publicity working for the PR agency Edelman and such PBS series as The NewsHour and Frontline. In my free time, I enjoy traveling and have written stories for the Los Angeles TimesChicago TribuneSan Francisco Chronicle, Intermezzo and Lonely Planet Magazine.

While at Lycoming, I learned the importance of prioritizing work and team-building. To be an effective leader, I couldn't do it all on my own. I needed the support of other students and faculty. It was an honor to finish my Lycoming career as recipient of the Chieftain Award, the school's highest honor given to a graduating senior. Due to the network of support, I became the first student at Lycoming to receive a Fulbright Fellowship and earned a master's degree from the University of Waikato in New Zealand.