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Dawn Meehan

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S23 Dawn Meehan

Contestant Profile
Birth Date June 29, 1970 (1970-06-29) (age 45)
Hometown South Jordan, Utah
Occupation English professor

South Pacific

Tribe(s) Savaii
Te Tuna
Placement 10/18
Alliance(s) Savaii Alliance
Challenge(s) Won 5
Vote(s) Against 9
Day(s) Lasted 28


Tribe(s) Bikal
Enil Edam
Placement Co-Runner-Up (2/20)
Alliance(s) Stealth R Us
Challenge(s) Won 8
Vote(s) Against 2
Day(s) Lasted 39

Dawn Meehan is a contestant from Survivor: South Pacific and Survivor: Caramoan.

In South Pacific, she was known as a kind and motherly figure who was popular among her tribe. On her second time around in Caramoan, she played more strategic and cutthroat, and was infamous for her emotional instability and betrayals. This led to her receiving no Jury votes at the Final Tribal Council.


South Pacific

Name (Age): Dawn Meehan (41)
Tribe designation: Savaii
Current residence: South Jordan, Utah
Occupation: English Professor at Brigham Young University
Personal claim to fame: "Adopting our six children."
Inspiration in life: "My husband. He’s really one of the most incredible human beings. He’s kind, generous, peaceful, hard-working and selfless. I’m so grateful to spend my days with him."
Hobbies: "Swimming with my kids, writing/blogging and baking bread."
Pet peeves: "Brown grass and complainers."
Three words to describe you: "Driven, positive and enthusiastic."
SURVIVOR contestant you are most like: "Sandra Diaz-Twine, Parvati Shallow and Stephenie LaGrossa. I’m physically strong like Parvati and Stephenie. I’m in this to really play and win -- like these women."
Reason for being on SURVIVOR: "Survivor is the best game on Earth! There’s so much application to “real life.” After watching as a fan for 10 years, I just know in my soul that it’s my turn to play and win. Plus, it’s the adventure of a lifetime and one million dollars!"
Why you think you’ll “survive” SURVIVOR: "I’m driven, tenacious, adaptable, funny, optimistic, intelligent and resilient. I can motivate/persuade people, and I think that’s powerful/important at every stage of this game."
Why you think you will be the Sole Survivor: "I’ve got the drive and determination to dominate this game. And, as cliché as it sounds, I’m really in it to win it.”


Name (Age): Dawn Meehan (42)
Tribe Designation: Bikal, Enil Edam
Previous Season: Survivor: South Pacific – 11th castaway voted off/3rd Jury Member
Current Residence: South Jordan, Utah
Occupation: English Professor
Personal Claim to Fame: Survivor: South Pacific and adopting our six amazing children.
Inspiration in Life: My husband
Hobbies: Being with my family, baking bread and blogging.
Pet Peeves: Cranky or selfish people and brown grass.
3 Words to Describe You: Determined, enthusiastic and optimistic.
If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? 1)Picture of my kids – To remind me of my end goal. 2) Eckhart Tolle book – It inspires me to DO and BE my best. 3)Backgammon – To use at camp so I can observe other players’ strategy.
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Strong female who played a physical and strategic game – Kim Spradlin and Stephenie LaGrossa.
Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: The challenge! To see what I am made of.
Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: I’m mentally and physically tough. I have good intuition. I'm not a quitter. And, I'm a good bridge between people of different backgrounds.
Why You Think You Will Be the Sole Survivor: People underestimate me but I have the mental, social and physical strengths to outlast and win!

Survivor: South Pacific

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Voting History

Dawn's Voting History
Episode Dawn's
Voted Against
1 Semhar -
2 Savaii Tribe Immune
3 Mark -
4 Savaii Tribe Immune
5 Elyse Keith, Whitney
6 Savaii Tribe Immune
7 Ozzy -
8 Rick;
Individual Immunity
9 Ozzy -
Edna -
10 Edna Albert, Brandon, Coach,
Cochran, Edna, Rick, Sophie
Voted Off, Day 27
12 On Redemption Island
Eliminated, Day 28
Voted for
Sole Survivor

^1 In Double Agent, the vote ended with a 6-6 tie between Keith and Rick, forcing a revote. Dawn did not change her vote on the revote.

Survivor: Caramoan

Statistics of Dawn Meehan
Seasons competed 2
Total number of days 67
Challenge Wins
Tribal wins 10
Individual wins 3
Total 13
Tribal Council
Total votes received 11
Exile Island
Times exiled N/A
Redemption Island
Days spent at Redemption Island 1
Duels won 0
Dawn Meehan was selected to be a Favorite on Survivor: Caramoan. In the first challenge, she was paired with Erik Reichenbach but lost their round due to a large Shamar Thomas. The rest of Bikal won the challenge and flint with 20 pounds of beans. At camp, two factions emerged, one led by Francesca Hogi and the other led by Phillip Sheppard. Bikal lost the first Immunity Challenge. She and fellow South Pacific alumni and ally, John Cochran found themselves as swing votes. The pair sided with Phillip and his Stealth R Us alliance to vote out Francesca. Bikal started a winning streak, winning five challenges. Dawn enjoyed the luxuries of the consistent victories (Fishing Gear, Comfort items, tarp, rope and a visit from a local tribesman who will teach them who to improve their camp). Problems emerged with Brandon Hantz started getting annoyed with Phillip's ego and had violent outbursts such as dumping out the rice. Dawn tried to calm him down but it was no use. At the Immunity Challenge, Bikal was so worried about Brandon hurting them that they asked to go to Tribal Council. After Jeff calmed Brandon down, an Impromptu Tribal Council was held and Brandon was unanimously voted out by a verbal vote.

On Day 14, A tribal switch occurred. Dawn stayed on Bikal with Cochran, Phillip, and Corinne Kaplan and introduced to Michael SnowMatt Bischoff, and Julia Landauer. Because the new Gota had all of the athletic people, the new Bikal lost all of the challenges. Dawn agreed with sending Matt home first for his friendship with Michael at Cochran's suggestion. Then she followed Corinne's idea of voting out Julia.

On Day 20, The new Gota arrived at the Bikal beach, announcing that the tribes had merged. After the Immunity Challenge that Cochran won, Corinne told Dawn about the plot to eventually blindside Phillip. Not wanting her second season to be a repeat of her first, Dawn decided to relay the information to Cochran, who relayed it to Phillip. Dawn stayed loyal to the Favorites and voted out Corinne for her treachery. Michael was the next to go on Andrea Boehlke's suggestion. While washing her retainer in the Lagoon, her retainer fell into the water. Dawn was very emotional and threatened to pull herself from the game unless she found her retainer. Hearing the commotion, Brenda Lowe decided to help out and found her teeth. Dawn was grateful for Brenda's act of kindness. At the next Reward Challenge, Dawn's team, which consisted of herself, Cochran, Phillip, Erik, and Reynold Toepfer won a reward to a local resort. Dawn washed herself off and enjoyed the last feast of food. Reynold won the next Immunity Challenge. At Tribal Council, The alliance planned to split the vote between Malcolm Freberg and Eddie Fox. However, Malcolm shocked everyone when he pulled two idols and used it to void the votes on him and Eddie, sending Phillip to the jury.

Survivor Auction was held on Day 29. Dawn spent her $500 on a roasted chicken. She regretted it when letters from home were offered. The former alliance stuck together and split the vote between Malcolm and Reynold, and eliminating Malcolm because he brought a clue to the Idol. The women voted out Reynold next. When the last remaining Amigo, Eddie, failed to win immunity, he appeared to be doomed. Andrea, however, had been campaigning for Brenda's elimination for being a jury threat. Dawn and Cochran decided to stick with the original target, Eddie. Andrea was blindsided when Sherri Biethman chose to vote her out over Eddie or Brenda.

Brenda won the Loved Ones Challenge and chose Dawn to share time her husband, David. However, Brenda gave up hers and Dawn's right to spend with their families to the other four castaways. Dawn was very upset with Brenda's decision. At the Immunity Challenge, it came down to Dawn and Brenda. Dawn outlasted Brenda to win immunity. After the challenge, Cochran wanted Brenda gone as a possible threat to win jury votes, and since he also knew Brenda had been plotting with Dawn and Erik to eliminate him the following vote off. Dawn was hesitant to commit because of all the kindness Brenda had done for her. In the end, Dawn went along with Cochran and Sherri and voted against Brenda, leaving the latter devastated and Erik stunned. While walking back to camp, Erik Collapsed. The medics declared Erik unfit to continue and had him pulled out the camp, leaving Dawn shocked and saddened. In the final immunity, Dawn was able to catch up with Cochran despite his advantage he won in the Reward Challenge. In the end, Cochran won the final immunity. He was sure of taking Sherri to the end as the easiest opponent, leaving Dawn in some danger as he and Sherri debated between her and Eddie as the 3rd finalist. Sherri feared Dawn in a final because she thought that she would play the sympathy card to gain votes. Cochran wondered whom would be easier to beat, Dawn or Eddie. Dawn reminded Cochran and Sherri that Eddie had some good friends and sure votes on the jury, particularly Reynolds and Malcolm, and would be much more dangerous to Cochran's winning. Cochran agreed, and when the vote came, outsider Eddie was voted out.

At Final Tribal Council, Dawn managed to stay calm and composed. The jury made it clear early Sherri was a non factor as anticipated, most not even addressing her, and it would essentialy become a final 2 Tribal between Cochran and Dawn. Dawn pleaded her case to the jury, telling them she played more cold-blooded this time around. The Jury generally criticized her for her emotional instability and betrayals, and insincerity, and put blame on Dawn for many of the moves she and Cochran had done together as a team (including the Brenda blindside which was actually initiated by Cochran entirely). Brenda demanded Dawn to take out her retainer, which after an argument she complied. Dawn earned no Jury votes and lost to her closest ally, Cochran, who won unanimously. 

Voting History 

Dawn's Voting History
Episode Dawn's
Voted Against
1 Francesca -
2 Bikal Tribe Immune
3 Bikal Tribe Immune
4 Bikal Tribe Immune
5 Brandon -
6 Matt Julia
7 Julia;
8 Corinne -
9 Michael -
10 Eddie2 -
11 Reynold;
12 Reynold -
Eddie -
13 Brenda Individual Immunity
14 Eddie Eddie
Jury Votes
for Dawn
Co-Runner-Up, Day 39

^1 In Tubby Lunchbox, the vote ended with a 3-3 tie between Julia and Michael, forcing a revote. Dawn did not change her vote on the revote.
^2 In Zipping Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Eddie used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating Dawn's vote against him.
^3 In Come Over to the Dark Side, the vote ended with a 3-3-3 tie between Andrea, Malcolm, and Reynold, forcing a revote. Dawn voted for Malcolm on the revote.


  • Due to the negative backlash regarding Brenda Lowe's elimination, Dawn had deleted her twitter account. She later came back to twitter after the comments died down.


  • Jeff Probst stated that Dawn was almost placed on Survivor: Nicaragua, but was replaced by Holly Hoffman.[1]
    • Jeff Probst said in the Survivor: South Pacific cast assessment that Dawn said she was glad she was not on Nicaragua, as South Pacific was better for her.
  • Dawn first auditioned for Survivor: The Australian Outback.[2]
  • Dawn is the oldest female member of Savaii.
  • Dawn is the oldest woman to win the Shoulder the Load challenge.
  • Dawn is the oldest female contestant in Survivor: Caramoan.
  • In Caramoan, Phillip Sheppard gave her the nickname "True Grit."
  • Dawn is the highest ranking Bikal female.
  • In Caramoan, Jeff Probst mentioned that Dawn winning immunity in Don't Say Anything About My Mom was the first time it happened. This is incorrect; she previously won immunity in Double Agent.
  • Dawn along with Sherri Biethman are the second pair of Co-Runners-up to not get jury votes. The first pair are Cassandra Franklin and Dreamz Herd from Survivor: Fiji.
  • Dawn is the second returning player to become Co-Runner-Up, following Michael Skupin in Philippines.
  • Dawn is one of three returnees in Caramoan to improve on their original placement. The others being John Cochran and Brenda Lowe
  • Dawn was the lowest ranking returnee from Survivor: South Pacific. She was tied with Brenda Lowe for the second lowest ranking returnee overall in Caramoan with 10th place.
  • Both times Dawn gotten votes in Caramoan, It was only one vote from the youngest person attending the Tribal Council.
  • Dawn, in both seasons, voted for an African-American female at the first Tribal Council; Semhar Tadesse and Francesca Hogi.
  • Dawn, alongside John Cochran, is the first returning player to make it to Day 39 with someone from their original season.
  • Dawn lost 27 lbs. (12.25 kg) during Caramoan.[3]
  • According to an Interview, Dawn claimed her total winnings was $92,500. Dawn said this was the result of combining the 2nd and 3rd place winnings and divided it between her and Sherri.[4]


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