Survivor Season 32 Contestant: Debbie Wanner


Debbie Wanner is a 49-year-old degreed and experienced analytical chemist who is currently working as a Laser Technician for Judson A Smith. Wanner, currently residing in Reading, Pennsylvania, graduated from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania in 1995 with a degree in Chemistry, she went on to complete five MBA classes at Alvernia College until she had to drop out due to finances. Previously, Wanner has worked as a Manufacturing Supervisor for Lucent Technologies where she supervised over 40 union staff in the production of lithium niobate wafer fabrication. She was the Quality Control Manager at Blue Marsh Laboratories where she performed wet chemistry analysis. She then went on to become an Electronic Counterfeit Detection Analyst for Silicon Cert Laboratories where she did the forensic analysis of integrated circuits.

But that isn’t all. Wanner is also a Hawk Mountain 1st Class Ranger trained in winter and summer survival. She is also a Squadron 811 Captain and Communication Officer for the Civil Air Patrol and a 1st Lieutenant in the United States Air Force Auxiliary. Wait, there’s more. She is also a fitness trainer and former aerobics instructor trained in conventional gym equipment (i.e., Nautilus, Bowflex, etc.) and a part time model under the unintentionally inappropriate screen-name “bostonterror”. She believes in a holistic approach to health including meditation, yoga, walking and light weights for beginners. Wanner is also a member of the Northeast Boston Terrier Rescue organization and has her own Boston Terrier named Spanky who she often goes running with. She has two daughters and is a big aficionado of motorcycles, German cars, airplanes, and boats.

Wanner has also been applying for Survivor since at least 2010, and with an impressive background that puts both Coach Wade and Phillip Sheppard to shame, it is obvious why Wanner will be a part of the Brains tribe on Survivor Kaôh Rōng – Brawn vs Brains vs Beauty 2.

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Martin Holmes

Martin is a freelance writer from England. He’s represented by Berlin Associates for comedy writing and writes about TV and entertainment, currently for TV Insider and Vulture, previously Digital Spy, ET Canada, and Yahoo. A finalist for the Shortlist Sitcom Search in 2012 for “Siblings,” Martin received his BA in English with Creative Writing from The University of Hull. Martin is the owner and editor-in-chief of Insider Survivor.

15 responses to “Survivor Season 32 Contestant: Debbie Wanner”

  1. Is it just me or could everyone of these people be on either Brains, Beauty, or Brawn? This season’s gonna be great!

  2. Great Job Deb. Good luck to you and I’ve got my fingers crossed. I haven’t seen you in a while, so clearly your doing great.

  3. Civil Air Patrol = USAF Auxiliary. She’s a captain in both since they are the same thing. Also, Hawk Mountain isn’t that impressive. CAP is a volunteer organization and Hawk Mountain is a summer/winter camp. She’s not as cool as she is making herself out to be, sorry.

    • How is she still a member of the Civil Air Patrol. Since she was convicted of three felonies, according to their regulations, she should be automatically removed as a member. I agree with you regarding her not being as cool as she is making herself out to be.

  4. She is stupid! I’m She just said women with boobs should not run! Well I have completed 10 half marathons boobs and all!

  5. And she plead guilty to the felonies for falsifying water results for Katrina water quality tests… She’s a bad woman

  6. They finally got someone on Survivor who represents Reading, Pennsylvania and what do they do? They pick a mental case. What a nut job. She thinks she knows it all and everyone can see that she is an idiot and that she doesn’thave a clue.

  7. This makes me want to do survivor. They seem to pick the worst vets through age or job to prop up the show, but this is ridiculous. Shes not even a vet and shes a felon but they let her prop herself up as someone willing to serve the welfare of others? BS.

  8. As a US Army Ranger with 15 years in Special Operations, I’m offended that she claims to have gone to Ranger school. Hawk Mountain is a glorified civilian course.

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