Chris Daugherty Biography
Christopher Daugherty (born August 29, 1970), commonly known as Chris Daugherty, is an American construction worker and reality TV personality known for winning Survivor: Vanuatu, the ninth season of the U.S. series, Survivor.
Chris Daugherty Age
Christopher Daugherty, commonly known as Chris Daugherty, is an American construction worker and reality TV personality known for winning Survivor: Vanuatu, the ninth season of the U.S. series, Survivor. He was born on August 29, 1970, in West Jefferson, OH. He is 48 years old as of 2018
Chris Daugherty Early life
Daugherty was born August 29, 1970, and grew up in West Jefferson, Ohio. He attended Madison-Plains High School near London, Ohio, and then attended Kentucky Christian College for two years.
Some of the first jobs he ever held include heavy equipment operator, for his father’s drainage company, and sporting goods store employee. He eventually went to work for the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) as a road builder.
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Chris Daugherty Survivor
In 2004, Daugherty competed on Survivor: Vanuatu, the ninth season of the American reality TV series Survivor. As part of the all-male Lopevi tribe, Daugherty endangered his position in the game in the first immunity challenge. Daugherty failed to cross the balance-beam in the challenge, which led to victory for the all-female Yasur tribe.
The more athletic members of the Lopevi tribe campaigned for Daugherty to be the first to go, but he formed an alliance of unathletic men—sometimes referred to as the “Fat Five”—led by Lea “Sarge” Masters and also consisting of himself, Travis “Bubba” Sampson, Rory Freeman, and Chad Crittenden.
This alliance controlled the numbers and targeted the younger players, voting out Brook Geraghty at the first Tribal Council. Lopevi then went on to win immunity in the second episode.
In episode three, both tribes were informed they would be going to Tribal Council. When John Kenney won individual immunity, the “Fat Five” alliance targeted John “J.P.” Palyok and he were voted out.
When Lopevi lost immunity in the next episode, the alliance once again got rid of another younger male, Brady Finta. In Episode Five, a tribal shuffle resulted in the “Fat Five” losing Sampson and Freeman to Yasur and gaining two women, Twila Tanner, and Julie Berry.
This new-Lopevi tribe won the next two immunity challenges. This, however, meant the loss of Sampson as the women of Yasur voted him out. When Lopevi lost immunity in Episode Seven, Daugherty, Masters, and Crittenden recruited Tanner and Berry to vote out the last younger male, Kenney (who, in his farewell speech, expressed his desire to see Daugherty win the game).
The two tribes would eventually merge into the Alinta tribe. Daugherty, Crittenden, and Masters reunited with old ally Freeman. This four-man alliance believed that Tanner and Berry would side with them. However, those two ladies joined their old Yasur allies Ami Cusack, Leann Slaby, Scout Cloud Lee, and Eliza Orlins to vote off Freeman, when Masters won immunity.
The six-female alliance then targeted Masters voting him out next, with even Daugherty casting a vote for him to let the women know he was a team player. The female alliance stuck together once again and voted out Crittenden over Daugherty.
At that point, it seemed like Daugherty’s time in the game was over, as he was the only surviving male. However, his performance and determination in the immunity challenge caused Cusack and her alliance to keep him around one more episode while planning to vote out tribal annoyance Orlins.
But Tanner and Lee, not happy with their positions in the game, hatched a new plan. Together they approached him about a new alliance. Daugherty, Tanner, and Lee lured in Orlins, the next target, and this new alliance successfully eliminated Cusack’s closest ally, Slaby. The cross-tribal alliance targeted Slaby because Cusack would not surrender immunity.
Cusack, knowing her days were numbered, tried to convince Orlins and Daugherty to join her and Berry in an alliance against Tanner and Lee. While it seemed as though Orlins might defect, in the end, she stayed strong and the four voted out Cusack. Daugherty then struck a deal with Berry and Orlins to vote with them against Tanner.
However, at Tribal Council, he sided with Tanner and Lee once again to vote Berry out instead, because she was too well liked by the female-dominated jury and because she had previously betrayed him at the merge by voting out Freeman.
In the “final four” finale, Daugherty again convinced Orlins that he was in an alliance with her, despite his obvious alliance with Tanner and Lee. He decided she was a flip-flopper and too much of a risk and voted her out. Then he won the final immunity, securing him a place in the Final Two.
Comments by Lee at the challenge led him to believe that Tanner would not have been true to him and their Final Two pact, had she won. He confronted Lee about the issue, and she said she didn’t have a Final Two alliance with Tanner, in the hopes that he would spare Lee instead of Tanner. At Tribal Council, Daugherty voted out Lee, choosing Tanner to join him in the Final Two.
In the end, Daugherty beat out Tanner in a 5–2 vote to become the Sole Survivor. He gained the votes of Masters, Crittenden, Slaby, Berry, and Orlins and only lost the votes of Lee and Cusack.
Many of his votes came from female jury members who were able to look past his gender and recognize his strong gameplay against the unpopular and controversial Tanner, whom he was well-aware had made many enemies in the game.
In other media
In 2007, Daugherty was mentioned by author Lamont Lindstrom in his essay about Vanuatuan life and culture. In it, Lindstrom suggests that Daugherty’s victory, despite being outnumbered six-against-one at the Final Seven, has many parallels with particular myths of matriarchy in which women ruled ancient societies until the female ruling class tore itself apart, thus allowing the men to take power.
After his appearance on Survivor, Daugherty returned to his home in South Vienna, Ohio, and his construction job at ODOT. On February 13, 2005, he married his fiancée Lorie Groves (who made a brief appearance on the show during the “loved ones visit”) in Victory Lane at Daytona International Speedway.
That same year, Lorie was diagnosed with breast cancer. The Daughertys fought her disease together, and after her recovery, they became involved in various forms of charity work, helping out cancer patients and autistic children.
Also in 2005, Daugherty asked for vacation time from ODOT to participate in a European promotional tour for Survivor. As he had too little vacation time left, he submitted a doctor’s note that claimed Daugherty needed one month off from work due to anxiety and depression.
He was suspended from work for 20 days without pay after investigators discovered it was just an excuse to appear at Survivor-related activities abroad. ODOT has offered to reduce the suspension to 15 days if he agreed not to file an appeal, but he refused.
After disputing the suspension, an Ohio arbitrator ruled in Daugherty’s favor and he was reimbursed his pay for the 20-day suspension.
As of 2012, Daugherty was still working for ODOT, as a project inspector.
Chris Daugherty Wife
Navy wife hides the pregnancy from deployed husband, reveals surprise at his homecoming
Navy Seaman Chris Daugherty came home from deployment on June 23 to hugs from his children, but he got a bigger surprise when he saw his wife, Natasha. She had a baby bump.
Natasha Daugherty, of Temecula, California, had hidden her pregnancy from her husband for six months while he was aboard the USS Carl Vinson.
“I found out about a week after he left. I didn’t believe it,” Natasha, 28 told ABC News. “I took the pregnancy test again and I was like, ‘Oh no way.’ I was excited about it and I emailed him and I told him to call me as soon as he gets a chance but then I thought about it for a few minutes and I was like, ‘You know, this isn’t how I want to tell him – in an email.’
I emailed him back and said, ‘I just miss your voice.’ That’s when I decided I’m going to document it with weekly belly pictures for him so he wouldn’t miss it.”
As Chris was approaching his family in the large crowds welcoming home their sailors in San Diego, Natasha still kept her “Welcome Home” sign perfectly positioned in front of her stomach so he wouldn’t see.
“My heart was racing,” she recalled. “I stood back and let the kids run to him. I hung back for a minute, and then he reached into me to give me a hug and then I dropped it. He just stood there in shock. He didn’t know what was going on.”
Chris was so taken aback by his wife’s growing belly that he didn’t know if she was joking or not.
“There were a lot of thoughts going through my mind,” he said with a laugh. “The first was confusion, then I thought she was joking with me so I poked it to make sure it was real. When it was real I was extremely confused so I asked, ‘Is that real?’ to be sure, then hugged her because it was the only thing I could think to do.”
Natasha said keeping the surprise was the hardest thing she’s ever had to do, but is glad she stuck it out until he was home.
“I wanted to share the excitement and joy with him about getting a fourth baby. He definitely wasn’t expecting it,” she said. “Being pregnant is such a fun experience and not being able to share it with him it was really hard. I was working the whole time and taking care of the kids so I had to push through everything.”
Every time the expecting mom would post photos to Facebook, she’d cleverly disguise her pregnant stomach so Chris couldn’t see it.
“I would always use the kids to cover my belly,” she said. “My best friend always does Snapchats and she would put emojis in front of it just in case to throw him off.”
Needless to say, the proud papa definitely had no clue and is still in shock at his wife’s ability to not spill the beans.
“I can’t believe she was able to keep the secret for as long as she did because we tell each other everything so I know it was really hard for her,” he said. “I’m sure every day she wanted to just tell me but I’m really happy she waited because it was an awesome homecoming surprise and we got to find out the gender together the day after I got home.”
The happy couple is expecting their new baby girl on Aug. 31.
“I was extremely happy with the news because we both wanted a fourth child and since it is our last I was happy she did something memorable and fun,” said Chris, 27.
“It was everything I hoped for. His reaction was the best,” Natasha added.
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Local ‘Survivor’ Winner 8 Years Later
It’s been eight years since Chris Daugherty outwitted, outlasted and outplayed the other contestants on “Survivor: Vanuatu.”
He was the last man standing and walked away with $1 million.
“They tell you life’s going to change, nothing will be the same, different job, you’ll probably move,” Daugherty said. “I kept telling them, ‘I don’t think so.’”
Eight years later, Daugherty has the same outgoing personality, still works in construction and still lives in Madison County.
He’s married to the same woman he was dating while on the reality show, a woman he calls the true survivor in his journey.
Lorie Daugherty was diagnosed with breast cancer the year after Chris won.
“We went from joy joy joy to we were hanging our heads, and we were fighting,” Daugherty said.
Daugherty said that the two fought harder than he ever did on “Survivor,” and went through a whirlwind of emotions. In the end he – and his wife – came out stronger and determined to make a difference through charity work with cancer patients and autistic children in underfunded school districts.
“They have a lot in their hands to take care of this child, and for that child to have the proper education and the opportunity to go to school and interact with others,” Daugherty said. “Some children don’t get that opportunity.”
Daugherty said that wants to help thousands of children have that opportunity and to fulfill their dreams.
Just like he fulfilled him on “Survivor.” He said he would go back to the game in an instant.
“I crave, crave that opportunity,” Daugherty said. “I’d go back tomorrow, this evening.”