Gretchen Cordy
S1 Gretchen Cordy
Contestant Profile
Born: February 7, 1962 (1962-02-07) (age 56)
Hometown: New York City, New York
Occupation: Teacher
Survivor Career
Version: United States
Tribe(s): Pagong
Finish: 10/16
Challenge Wins: 6
Votes Against: 4
Days Lasted: 21

Gretchen Cordy is a contestant from Survivor: Borneo.

A likable leader and strong survivalist, Gretchen was remembered for being the victim of the first major blindside in the history of the series. This would set up the modern game where people are voted out for strengths over weaknesses after the merge.


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Gretchen Cordy was born February 7, 1962, in NYC. She attended Freedom High School in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. For six years, Gretchen was a survival instructor for the US Air Force. There, Gretchen taught pilots and crewman how to survive the elements, by building shelters, fires, finding water, and signaling for help. Gretchen married her husband Dale in 1986. She moved to Clarksville, Tennessee, to start a family. In early 2000, Gretchen auditioned to be on a new reality-based show called 'Survivor', and was accepted. At the time, Gretchen worked part-time as a pre-school teacher. Gretchen has two children, Ava and Eli, and husband of eighteen years, Dale. On weekends, Gretchen enjoys taking her family camping in the Hoh Rain Forest in Washington State. Gretchen Cordy currently is a co-host on a morning radio show.[1]


From the beginning, Gretchen was second-in-command in Pagong. B.B became the tribe's leader due to his work ethic. Immediately following B.B. Andersen's elimination, Gretchen took over the leadership position over the Pagong tribe. Her first move was to create a new shelter because the hut that B.B. made beforehand was deemed uncomfortable to sleep in. Despite some misunderstandings, Gretchen's leadership was more well-liked and accepted than B.B.'s abrasive personality.

She continued to try to help her tribe; then on Day 20, the merge happened.

After the Day 20 merge, the Tagi Alliance of Richard, Susan, Kelly, and Rudy deemed her as a threat to win the show, and since she was the leader of the Pagong tribe, Gretchen was ousted from the game after a capricious 4-1-1-1-1-1-1 vote with Gretchen casting her vote for Rudy.

Voting History

Gretchen's Voting History
Episode Gretchen's
Voted Against
1 Pagong Tribe Immune
2 B.B. -
3 Pagong Tribe Immune
4 Ramona -
5 Pagong Tribe Immune
6 Joel -
7 Rudy Kelly, Richard,
Rudy, Susan
Voted Off, Day 21


In 2001, Gretchen appeared on a Survivor edition of The Weakest Link along with Survivor: Borneo castaways Richard Hatch, Susan Hawk, Sean Kenniff, Joel Klug, and Ramona Gray. She lost to Ramona in the final round. She received a house minimum of $10,000 for her charity.[2]


  • Gretchen's luxury item was a toothbrush.
  • Gretchen was the first contestant from Tennessee.
  • Gretchen was the oldest female member of Pagong.
  • Gretchen was the first contestant to be voted out of a merged tribe.
  • Gretchen is the first contestant to be voted out first after the merge and not be a part of the jury.
  • Gretchen was the first contestant to be voted out by a plurality, being voted out with less than half of the total counted votes.
  • At the Reunion Show, her last name was mistakenly listed as Klug, which was the last name of her fellow Pagong tribemate, Joel.