'Jeopardy!' Host Alex Trebek Named Honorary Head of Royal Canadian Geographic Society

Alex Trebek

Trebek, who has hosted Jeopardy! for 30 years, in 2005.

The TV celebrity also is a self-proclaimed geography lover.

If you've ever seen a gleam in Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek's eye when he questions contestants about world countries and capitals, it won't be a surprise that the quiz show host on Tuesday was named as honorary president of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society.

"Alex’s appointment is more than a recognition of the unprecedented impact of his contribution to geographic education in Canada,” RCGS president Paul Ruest told 250 students at an Ottawa high school who spent the morning with Trebek, who was born in northern Ontario.

The American pop culture icon was long a household name in Canada after covering national news and special events for the CBC, the country's public broadcaster, before going stateside in 1973 to host the NBC game show Wizard of Odds.

Back in Canada, Trebek helped launch the Canadian Geographic Challenge and the National Geographic World Championships. He also hosted the National Geographic Bee on the National Geographic Channel for 25 years.

In 1984, Trebek started hosting Jeopardy!, which earned him a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1999. The syndicated game show brings in 10.7 million daily viewers, and Trebek recently signed on to remain as host at least through the 2017-18 season.