Whiz Quiz

Weeknights at 7:30 PM on WPBS-TV

*Whiz Quiz Season 42 Premieres October 19, 2022*

Whiz Quiz is a local TV program produced by WPBS-TV in Watertown, New York. Hosted by Joleene DesRosiers, this quiz bowl-style tournament invites over 30 high-schools from across the North Country and Canada to participate and compete for a scholarship prize. The program debuted in 1980, and has been on the air for over 40 years.

Competing high school students from both sides of the border showcase their knowledge in areas like Math, Geography, Literature, and the Arts. This trivia competition is a single-elimination format and the winning team takes home the Glenn Gough Honorary Scholarship.

About the Host

Joleene DesRosiers became the host of Whiz Quiz in 2019. With over twenty years’ experience as an award-winning reporter, anchor, television personality, and film and television producer, she eagerly took the role on. The dynamic of the long-running show changed thanks to her quick wit and big personality. Outside of her work at WPBS, Joleene is also an independent screenwriter. When she’s not writing scripts or throwing out questions to students, she’s a Mom to her incredible daughter Madison-Mae and two fat, short-legged fur babies.

Recent Matches

To view more Whiz Quiz episodes, go to: watch.wpbstv.org/show/whiz-quiz-us-matches

Pulaski vs. Gouverneur 2022


Immaculate Heart (IHC) vs. Salmon River 2022


Current Champions

Congratulations to Brasher Falls – the 2021 Glenn Gough Championship Winners!

*Stay tuned for the winners of Season 42*


We are so thankful to our sponsors who continue to make this program possible:

    • Jefferson-Lewis BOCES
    • St. Lawrence Lewis BOCES
    • The Associated Colleges of the St. Lawrence Valley (SUNY Canton, Clarkson University, SUNY Potsdam and St. Lawrence University)
    • United States Air Force
    • Northern Regional Center for Independent Living (NRCIL)
    • Jefferson Community College
    • Dunkin’

Scholarship funding provided by:

    • Local Rotary Clubs (Clayton, Theresa, and Watertown)
    • EDF Renewables
    • Nexamp
    • Stewart’s Shops
    • National Grid


If your school is located in the Northern New York or Eastern Ontario region and would like more information on participating in Whiz Quiz, please contact: lbuttimer@wpbstv.org.

If you are a retired teacher or have experience in education and would like to apply to become a Volunteer Whiz Quiz Judge, please fill out the application form here.




Behind the Scenes

Take a peek at the WPBS production crew setting up for Whiz Quiz!