Ryan Nerz
is joining the ABC/Univision network Fusion as Chief Cannabis
Correspondent. It’ll be the first such job title at a news network.
Nerz, who has written for NPR, Esquire, and the History Channel, will
contribute regularly to Fusion’s digital and TV platforms. The
Yale-educated Nerz is the author of MARIJUANAMERICA: One Man’s Quest to Understand America’s Dysfunctional Love Affair with Weed.

Nerz’s hire comes a few months after the legalization of recreational
marijuana in two states: Colorado and Washington. Nine other states
allow medical marijuana use and decriminalize recreational use. In
November, The Denver Post named entertainment reporter Ricardo Baca to the marijuana beat.

The coverage of cannabis has also been a boon to networks like CNBC which have generated strong ratings for documentaries on the subject.