05/15/2012 10:57 am ET Updated May 16, 2012

'Jeopardy!' Power Players 2012: Robert Gibbs Beats Lizzie O'Leary And Chris Matthews

WASHINGTON -- Who was the winner of Monday night's "Jeopardy!" Power Players game?

It's former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs. Gibbs, currently an adviser to President Obama's re-election campaign, beat out CNN correspondent Lizzie O'Leary and MSNBC's Chris Matthews in the first of the "Jeopardy!" 2012 Power Players series matches, filmed in April at D.A.R. Constitution Hall in the nation's capital.

Gibbs won $50,000 for Pine Hills Literacy Project, an organization that works in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club in Auburn, Ala. O'Leary won $10,000 for 826DC, which teaches writing to D.C. students. Matthews won $10,000 for La Salle College High School (he also won ridicule from blogger Noel Sheppard on the conservative website Newsbusters for what Sheppard sees as Matthews' lackluster performance).

Basketball great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, CNBC anchor David Faber and Fox News contributor Dana Perino will square off in Tuesday night's Power Players match.

Wednesday night's players are BBC World News America correspondent Katty Kay, "Dr. Oz" host Mehmet Oz and Chris Wallace, host of "Fox News Sunday."

Thursday, watch comedian Lewis Black and Chicago Tribune columnist Clarence Page go up against NBC News correspondent Chuck Todd. The final power players lineup, on Friday, matches TV personality Anderson Cooper against New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman and NBC News correspondent Kelly O'Donnell.

Who's showing their smarts on Jeopardy's "Power Players Week" episodes?

2012 Jeopardy Power Players