Richard Pérez-Peña

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Richard Pérez-Peña (born 1963) has been a journalist with the New York Times since 1992.[1] He has covered Albany, New Jersey, healthcare, the media, and is currently reporting on higher education. He was featured in the film Page One: Inside the New York Times.

A 2012 news story by Pérez-Peña on Yale University quarterback Patrick Witt was criticized by Witt and some journalists for unfairness and poor sourcing.[2][3][4] The New York Times defended the accuracy of the story.[5]

Pérez-Peña was born in Santiago, Cuba and raised in Southern California. He studied European History at Pomona College.[6] In 1987, Pérez-Peña appeared on Jeopardy! and became a 5-time champion, later appearing in the show's first reunion invitational, Super Jeopardy! in 1990. In 2005, he was asked to participate in the show's Ultimate Tournament of Champions but ended up not appearing in the tournament.


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