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Jeff Varner
S2 Jeff Varner
Contestant Profile
Birth Date April 16, 1966 (1966-04-16) (age 48)
Hometown New York City, New York;
Kalamazoo, Michigan
Occupation Internet Projects Manager

The Australian Outback

Tribe(s) ██ Kucha
██ Barramundi
Placement 10/16
Alliance(s) Kucha Alliance
Challenge(s) Won 6
Vote(s) Against 11
Day(s) Lasted 21
Gallery
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Jeffrey Keith Varner is a contestant from Survivor: The Australian Outback.

ProfileEdit

Jeff Varner is an internet project manager, having most recently worked as Director of People and Process for a Manhattan start-up company. There he developed and managed the technical and interpersonal aspects of a Human Resources/Operations hybrid system for a staff of 30. Prior employment includes work as a website producer, graphic designer and marketing manager for various companies.

Varner obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Earlier employment included stints as a waiter, bartender and traveling salesperson. He is most proud of successfully making the transition from small town living to the much faster pace of a big city.

An aggressive athlete, he first put on a pair of skates when he was two years old and has since played competitive hockey (right defense) for 16 years, though he admits he spent most of the time in the penalty box. Additionally, he studied martial arts, receiving a black belt in Tae Kwon Do when he was 15 years old. While pursuing his degree with UNC, he was Captain of the National Champion Tar Heel Cheer Team (1989–90). He is an avid rollerblader, spending many afternoons skating through Manhattan's busy streets.

Jeff was raised on a tobacco farm in Greensboro, North Carolina. He played right defense for a hockey team in the local youth hockey league. He participated in Tae Kwon Do classes soon after. He attended Southern Guilford High School, where he was active in student government and theatre arts. He later went on to earn a journalism degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Survivor: The Australian OutbackEdit

Thing started out rough for Jeff even during the first episode. The Kucha tribe lost the first immunity challenge, and had to make a long hike to get to tribal council. Jeff was sick along the way, which put a target around his back. Despite Jeff's sickness, Debb Eaton was unanimously voted out. Kucha started dominating the game, winning three immunity challenges in a row. However, during the fifth tribal council, Kimmi Kappenberg was voted out for conflicts with Alicia Calaway. Kimmi voted for Jeff. In the next episode, Michael Skupin was medically evacuated, leaving the tribes with equal members.

During the show, Jeff's luxury item was a coloring book and a set of crayons. The Survivors colored in the books and signed their autograph in it, and after the show, he sold the pictures on eBay to raise money for charities.

Voting HistoryEdit

Jeff's Voting History
Episode Jeff's
Votes
Votes Against
Jeff
1 Debb Debb
2 Kucha Tribe Immune
3 Kucha Tribe Immune
4 Kucha Tribe Immune
5 Kimmi Kimmi
6 No Tribal Council
7 Colby;
Ineligible
Amber, Colby,
Jerri, Keith, Tina;
Amber, Jerri,
Keith, Tina
1
Voted Off, Day 21

^1 In The Merge, the vote ended with a 5-5 tie between Jeff and Colby, forcing a revote. Nobody changed their votes at the revote, eliminating Jeff due to previous votes against him.

Post-SurvivorEdit

  • On May 13, 2001, Jeff, along with Outback cast mates Colby Donaldson and Elisabeth Filarski appeared on Rock & Roll Jeopardy!. Jeff finished in 3rd place earning $1,000 for his charity which was for a burning center for the University of North Carolina.
  • Jeff worked as an entertainment reporter for KCBS in Los Angeles, CA then E! News Live, and then as a field correspondent and host for the TV Guide Channel. He was a weekend news anchor and field reporter at FOX 8 WGHP in High Point, North Carolina. In his first year in broadcast news, he won an Associated Press Broadcast News Award: Rookie of the Year, in 2005.
  • Jeff began his career in communications as a public relations assistant and corporate communications manager for Citicorp in New York City. He was part of the first team in the corporate world to utilize the internet to communicate project information as a manager in Citicorp's "Product Design and Development Division."
  • He used that background to transition into web development, working in developing web properties for Citibank, MCI, Harlequin Romance, and Martha Stewart Living Online. Jeff used his Survivor exposure to turn his web and PR career into a full-blown on-camera reporter, anchor and host.
  • In May 2007, Jeff left FOX 8 due to what he called "angry and unprofessional management" from the station's news director. He is now working for WWMT in Kalamazoo, Michigan as a News Anchor for the News Channel 3 morning news. Jeff was promoted November 27, 2008 to WWMT evening anchor. He anchors the 10pm CW7 newscast solo, then joins Judy Markee as co-anchor for Live at 11.
  • On July 27, 2009 Jeff was selected as one of the top 20 broadcasters nationwide to serve as finalist for co-host for a day on Live with Regis and Kelly. Local new viewers nominated their favorites. For two days, Regis and Kelly viewers voted for the best, and on July 29, 2009 the nationwide vote selected Jeff as co-host. He's set to host August 7 with guests Susan Lucci and David Cook.
  • On January 9, 2010, Jeff attended Survivor's 10-year anniversary party.
  • In 2014, Jeff became a news anchor for the CBS affiliate WNCT in Greenville, N.C.

TriviaEdit

  • Jeff was the second player ever eliminated at Tribal Council through the original "previous votes against" tie-breaker. The first was Mitchell Olson.
  • Jeff's previous votes were revealed to Tina Wesson by Kimmi Kappenberg during the second challenge.
  • Jeff's luxury item was a Coloring book and Crayons.
  • Jeff is the second contestant to be voted out of the merged tribe and not be a part of the Jury.
    • He is the first male to be the first person voted out of a merged tribe and not be a part of the Jury.
  • Jeff received a vote at every Tribal Council he attended.
  • He is the first Survivor contestant to share the same first name as Survivor host Jeff Probst.
  • Jeff was considered for Survivor: South Pacific, but was cut.

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