Jeff Varner (born April 16, 1966) is a news anchor and reporter, a former entertainment reporter, and a former contestant on the CBS reality television series, Survivor: The Australian Outback Jeff was raised on a tobacco farm in Greensboro, North Carolina in southern Guilford county. He grew up about a mile from the Polecat Creek home place of his idol Edward R. Murrow. An extensive genealogical search discovered Jeff and Murrow are related by marriage on Murrow's mother's side of the tree. He played right defense for a hockey team in the local youth hockey league. He earned his black belt in Tae Kwon Do at the age of 15. He attended Southern Guilford High School, where he was active in student government and theatre arts and editor of the school's yearbook.