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Alfred Ryan Nerz is an American gonzo journalist from Columbus, Indiana. He is also an author of two books that were featured in The New York Times Book review and Entertainment Weekly.[1]


He freelanced for NPR, Esquire, History channel and Huffpost.[2] He also wrote for several other media outlets including The village voice and Time Out New York. He works for Fusion as a reporter about America’s weed subculture.[3]

Nerz joined International Federation of Competitive Eating (IFOCE - later Major League eating) as an emcee in 2003.[4]

He published his book Eat This Book after a year of working as a moderator for eating competitions. It is an account about competitive eating events that are sanctioned by Major League Eating.[5]

His book Marijuanamerica revolves around America’s current weed subculture in relation to the counterculture of the 60s.[6][7]

After publishing his book, Fusion hired Nerz and named him Chief Cannabis correspondent.[8][9] Nerz covers the news of the weed market and the change of its legal status throughout the united states.[10]


  • Eat this book: A year of Gorging and Glory on the Competitive Circuit.[5]
  • Marijuanamerica: Why America Loves Weed.[7]


  1. ^ "Eat This Book: A Year of Gorging and Glory on the Competitive Eating Circuit - Glass Literary Management - Literary Agency". Retrieved 2017-10-06.
  2. ^ "Alfred Ryan Nerz | HuffPost". Retrieved 2017-10-06.
  3. ^ "Fusion". Fusion. Retrieved 2017-10-06.
  4. ^ Michels, Patrick (2010-10-14). "Competitive eater "Nasty" Nate Biller chases the dream of athletic glory, one distended stomach at a time". Dallas Observer. Retrieved 2017-10-06.
  5. ^ a b "Ryan Nerz | Authors | Macmillan". US Macmillan. Retrieved 2017-10-06.
  6. ^ "A Gonzo Journalist Tackles Two American Pastimes". Arts and Music - Indiana Public Media. Retrieved 2017-10-06.
  7. ^ a b "'Marijuanamerica': An unsatisfying exploration of America's love for pot". The Buffalo News. 2013-09-22. Retrieved 2017-10-06.
  8. ^ "Fusion names a 'Chief Cannabis Correspondent'". Poynter. Retrieved 2017-10-06.
  9. ^ Ferner, Matt (2014-04-03). "Ryan Nerz Is Television's First Chief Cannabis Correspondent". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2017-10-06.
  10. ^ Seikaly, Andrea (2014-04-03). "Fusion Taps Ryan Nerz as TV's First Chief Cannabis Correspondent". Variety. Retrieved 2017-10-06.