“Survivor” million dollar winner with local ties to appear again in “Survivor 40: Winners at War”


Denise Stapley ... Photo from her 2012 “Survivor” appearance.

A winner of season 25 of the television reality series “Survivor” who has ties to the Waukon area will be returning to the strategy and strength series on television screens across the nation this month for a chance to win two million dollars as part of the latest installment of the show, “Survivor 40: Winners at War.” In honor of the show’s 20th anniversary, the newest season will feature 20 winners from previous “Survivor” seasons, and it was filmed in May-June 2019 in Fiji but will begin airing next Wednesday, February 12 on CBS television channels.

Denise (McCormick) Stapley, age 48, of Marion is one of the past million dollar season winners who has been invited back to compete for an even bigger prize in the 40th season of the show. She won the “Survivor: Philippines” season in 2012.

The former Denise McCormick, Stapley is the daughter of Lois (Clark) Shindoll of Marion, granddaughter of the late Horace and Bernice Clark of Waukon, and has local family ties to the Fritz family, Marilyn Bulman and Thea and Don Thies of Waukon, according to her mother. She is currently a licensed mental health counselor and certified sex therapist in Cedar Rapids.

The “Survivor 40: Winners at War” series will premiere Wednesday, February 12 at 7 p.m. CST on CBS, which is Channel 2 locally. Lois (Clark) Shindoll said she and her husband, Arden Shindoll, are looking forward to watching the season premiere with her daughter during its February 12 broadcast.
 

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