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Thursday, July 3, 2014: Appeared with Joey Chestnut on Fox Channel's "Good Day New York." 

- Thursday, July 3, 2014: Joey Chestnut and I appeared on NBC's "Today" show.  

- Wednesday, July 2, 2014: Interview with correspondent Sara Murray of the Wall Street Journal.  Go to http://tinyurl.com/k83l8mx for the video.  

- Wednesday, July 2, 2014: Appeared on Bloomberg Television with host Pimm Foxx. 

- Tuesday, July 1, 2014: Appeared on ABC's "Live With Kelly and Michael" with Nathan's Famous Men's Hot Dog-Eating Champion and World Record holder Joey "Jaws" Chestnut.

- Friday, Dec 7, 2012: Appeared on the Ricki Lake Show (Topic: Extreme Lives), eating Hard-Boiled Eggs.
- Wednesday, Nov 23, 2011: Live on the MyFoxNY set (NYC).

- Tuesday, Nov 22, 2011: Live on WFAN's Boomer and Carton sports talk show, prior to that day's Wild Turkey 81 Turkey-Eating Championship.

- Friday, June 10, 2011: Appeared in a segment with Joey Chestnut, as part of the Pizza Hut "Chow-lenge" during the Guys Choice Awards, which was televised at 9:00 PM EST on Spike TV.

- Saturday, April 23, 2011: Appeared on "Fox and Friends," and ate La Costena Jalapeno Peppers with Pat Bertoletti.

- Thursday, Feb 17, 2011: Featured in an article in Andrews Air Force Base's (now known as Joint Base Andrews) weekly newspaper, The Capital Flyer.  Go to http://www.capflyer.com/stories/021711/news_28218.shtml.

- Saturday, Jan 1, 2011: Featured in an article written by Mr. Eli Center, writer for local DC-area magazine, On Tap.

- Thursday, Sep 9, 2010: Appeared live on the Australian version of the "Today" show (Friday AM their time).  You can watch the interview at http://video.au.msn.com/watch/video/world-chicken-wing-eating-champ/xd56n53.

- Monday, Sep 6, 2010: Appeared on Fox News, "Happening Now;" here's a link: http://video.foxnews.com/v/4330345/181-chicken-wings-in-12-minutes.

- Friday, October 16, 2009: Appeared on "Washington Post Live" on the Comcast Sports Network. I speed-ate with program host, Ivan Carter, eating 1 lbs of Spaghetti, Garlic Bread, and Cheesecake. Ivan had a fork, but I had to eat with my bare hands. It was over in about 70 seconds. Anyway, I laughed a lot, and it was a lot of fun!

- Friday, September 18, 2009: Appeared live on "Sports Talk" on local Arlington, VA News Channel 8.

- Thursday, December 4, 2008: Invited to to the Verizon Center as a guest of the Washington Capitals. 
- Thursday, July 3, 2008: On the air with "The Washington Post" to answer questions about competitive eating before the the next day's Nathan's Finals (go to http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/discussion/2008/06/27/DI2008062702075.html).
- Thursday, July 3, 2008: Appeared on "Fox and Friends," the Fox network's morning news show, with Joey "Jaws" Chestnut.

- June 2008: Featured in a very short interview in Marie Claire magazine. (Go to http://www.marieclaire.com/world/news/sonya-thomas-0708.)

- Wednesday, January 30, 2008: Cofeatured in a Sam Barclay article at Forbes.com, entitled, "You're a Champion. Why?" (Go to http://www.forbes.com/business/2008/01/29/competitive-eating-champions-biz-sports-champions08-cx_sb_0129barclay.html.)

- Thursday, January 24, 2008: Invited by the NHL's Washington Capitals organization to serve as guest judge at an eating contest for a "Dollar Dog Night" promotion during a hockey game vs Toronto, which the Capitals won. The event was emceed by one of the best Radio Morning Show Hosts there is: DC 101's Elliot Segal, host of the "Elliot in the Morning" live weekday radio show in the Washington DC metro area..

- Monday, September 3, 2007: Appeared Live on CNN "Prime News," discussing my Wing victory on Saturday and various aspects of competitive eating.

 - Sunday, July 8, 2007
: Featured with Tim "Eater X" Janus and Loren "Bubba" Yarbrough in a televised National Geographic / Big Fish production, "The Science of Competitive Eating."


 
- Wednesday, May 2, 2007, Charlotte, NC: Participated in a short shoot for the Harris Teeter food market chain. Updated July 2, 2007: Here's a link (Thanks to eatfeats.com: http://youtube.com/watch?v=RQQ37rlvMV4.)


- Early 2007: Takeru Kobayashi Coors Light Commercial (I love it!):  http://www.fasthack.com/posts/1955

- May 2007: Featured in the May 2007 edition of the KoreAm Journal.

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Thursday, Mar 15, 2007: Invited to eat Hot Dogs for 6 minutes with students at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA.  


- February 2007: With the great Kobayashi, filmed a commercial for Mastercard's PayPass tap and go method of electronically paying for purchases. The video is available online at http://www.videocaffe.com/video/juTpKsb4zic/The-Showdown---Priceless.


- January 2007: Appeared in the February issue of Readers Digest magazine (pg 125). Here's the link: http://www.rd.com/content/openContent.do?contentId=32987.

- January 2007: Featured in a very short article in the February issue of O, The Oprah Magazine, concerning my Cheesecake record and the difficulty of getting down the last 2 (of 11) pounds.


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Thursday, Nov 2, 2006: Competitive eating was a featured category in the Double Jeopardy round of the game show "Jeopardy!" Mentioned in the clues were Rich LeFevre, Oleg Zhornitzkiy (they even spelled his name right), Cookie Jarvis, Jim Reeves and myself. The correct questions corresponded to the foods each of us ate in a given amount of time.


- Thursday, June 29, 2006: Featured in the Wall Street Journal, regarding training techniques in the sport of competitive eating.

- Honored to be featured in the 2006 eBay Community Cookbook, endorsing the recipe for "The Black Widow" Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Pg 314.

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Wed, June 14, 2006: Invited to attend the 2006 eBay Convention at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas NV, where I was honored to sign autographs and meet wonderful eBay people.

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Friday, May 26, 2006: Featured in the Weekend section of The Washington Post mini-paper, The Express, the day before the Nathan's qualifier in Philadelphia.

- Appeared in the May 2006 issue of Jane magazine, along with young upstarts / supertalents Joey "Jaws" Chestnut and Pat Bertoletti.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2006: Appeared live on CBC TV / Radio in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Everyone around me was speaking French, but they spoke English to me, thank God!

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Friday, December 30, 2005: Participated in a 5-minute Tater Tot-eating exhibition during half-time of the Orlando Magic vs. Minnesota Timberwolves NBA game. Though I lost count, my tally was somehere around 250 + Tater Tots.

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Monday, Dec 19, 2005: Live on the Comcast Sports Network to eat Hot Wings with a couple of Washington Redskins offensive linemen.

- Featured in the December 2005 issue of "The Washingtonian" magazine.

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Sunday, Oct 30, 2005: On the Redskins' pregame show, which aired on local NBC affiliate, WRC.

- Friday, Oct 28, 2005: Busy day: Appeared live on the three local NBC, FOX, and CBC affilliates, WRC, WTTG, and WUSA TV stations, eating Wings on each set--must have eaten about 80 of them that day.

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Thursday, August 11, 2005: Appeared live on MSNBC's "The Situation" with Tucker Carlson; responded to Tucker's questions and ate some delicious Johnsonville Brats.

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Monday, July 18, 2005, Washington DC: Ate some delicious Louisiana Oysters with some congressmen from various states; I ate 10 dozen in 2 minutes--a delicious appetizer.

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Monday, July 4, 2005: Live on the "Today" show with the World Champ, Takeru Kobayashi.

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Sunday, July 3, 2005: Appeared on Fox News Live.

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Sunday, July 3, 2005: Featured in a Washington Post article on the front page of the Sunday Source section of that paper, written by correspondent Karen Hart--with color pics.

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Thursday, May 26, 2005: Featured in the San Francisco Chronicle article ("Superchomp ...") at sfgate.com by correspondent Amy Moon, strengthened by quotes from top-ranked eater, actor, and writer "Crazy Legs" Conti, in his "Topic" Magazine article from last year on competitive eating.

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Friday, February 11, 2005: On-hand at the Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum in Hollywood California, to help promote the world famous Virgin Mary Grilled Cheese Sandwich, which was on display.

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Tuesday, December 14, 2004: Appeared on the Tonight Show With Jay Leno; Celine Dion sang and John Travolta was also on the show, though I didn't meet him.

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Saturday, November 27, 2004: Participated in a 5-minute Hard-boiled Egg-eating exhibition during half-time of the Orlando Magic vs. Philadelphia 76ers NBA game, consuming 52 eggs, establishing a record for that time limit.

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Tuesday, October 19, 2004: Appeared with Eric "Badlands" Booker on Animal Planet's "Most Extreme: Battle of the Sexes." Our cheesecake performance was inserted to facilitate the #2 animal entry in the top 10.

- Pic and story on the back page of the
Sep 13, 2004 issue of The National Enquirer.

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Monday, September 6, 2004, Chattanooga, TN: Threw out the first pitch at the Chattanooga Lookouts baseball game. (The Lookouts are a Class AA team affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds.)

- Featured with Washington Redskins Guard, # 77, Randy Thomas, in the September 2004 issue of FHM magazine.

- Covered in an August 2004 issue of the weekly magazine, "Woman's World."

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Monday, July 12, 2004 double issue of Sports Illustrated: Was noted and quoted, along with Kobayashi, Crazy Legs Conti, and George Shea, concerning Nathan's and the sport of competitive eating.

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Thursday, July 8, 2004: Participated with "Beautiful Brian" Seiken and standout up-and-comer Tim "Eater X" Janus in a 5-minute Chicken Nugget-eating exhibition during half-time of the WNBA New York Liberty vs. Washington Mystics Professional B-Ball game at Madison Square Garden. (The game itself was aired live on ESPN-2.)

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Monday, July 5, 2004: Appeared live on ESPN's morning show, "Cold Pizza."

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Monday, July 5, 2004: Appeared live on the FOX Network's morning show.

- Sunday, Nathan's July 4th Hot Dog Eating Contest on
Coney Island. (NOTE: This event was aired on ESPN from 12:00-1:00 PM).

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Thursday, July 1, 2004: Appeared With Ed "Cookie" Jarvis, Eric "Badlands" Booker and other Coney Island-bound world-class eaters on ABC's "Good Morning America."

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Sunday, May 9 2004: Appeared (v-e-r-y briefly) with other athletes on the CNN Feature, "Life Beyond Limit."

- Featured in the Summer 2004 issue of "Bust" Magazine.

- Featured in the June 2004 issue of "FHM" Magazine.

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Tuesday, April 27, 2004: Appeared as a guest at the University of Virginia's "Gorge-a-Thon," in support of that great university.

- Appeared in the April 26 issue of "Time" Magazine.

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Friday, April 2, 2004: Participated in a 5-minute Cheese Quesadilla-eating exhibition during half-time of the Orlando Magic vs. Atlanta Hawks NBA game, establishing a world record (see that titled page).

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Monday, February 23, 2004 Live on DC-101 FM Radio's (Washington DC) "Elliot in the Morning" show.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2004; Appeared on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live."

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Tuesday, January 27, 2003, UCLA Campus, Pauley Pavillion: "Hungry" Charles Hardy (the Godfather of the IFOCE) and the amateur eaters from USC versus yours truly and the UCLA team; Food: Carl's Jr. Low-Carb 6-Dollar Burgers.

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Thursday, January 15, 2004, 8:00 PM EST WB Network: IFOCE Eaters performed 1-minute eating exhibitions on "Steve Harvey's Big Time."

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Friday, January 9, 2004, 10:00 PM: IFOCE Coverage on "ABC 20-20."

- December 2003 Issue of "Maxim" Magazine: IFOCE Coverage.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2003, 9:00 AM EST, CBS: Appeared on the "Living It Up With Ali and Jack" Show.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2003: Appeared live on CNN's "Live From."

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Saturday, September 13, 2003: Appeared with "Crazy Legs" Conti in two eating exhibitions at X-Fest in Indianapolis, Indiana. Consumed 65 Hard-boiled eggs in 6' 40 seconds for a New World Record. Twenty-one thousand rock fans attended.
Thursday, June 29, 2006: Featured in the Wall Street Journal, regarding training techniques in the sport of competitive eating.

- Honored to be featured in the 2006 eBay Community Cookbook, endorsing the recipe for "The Black Widow" Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Pg 314.

-
Wed, June 14, 2006: Invited to attend the 2006 eBay Convention at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas NV, where I was honored to sign autographs and meet wonderful eBay people.

-
Friday, May 26, 2006: Featured in the Weekend section of The Washington Post mini-paper, The Express, the day before the Nathan's qualifier in Philadelphia.

- Appeared in the May 2006 issue of Jane magazine, along with young upstarts / supertalents Joey "Jaws" Chestnut and Pat Bertoletti.

-
Wednesday, March 15, 2006: Appeared live on CBC TV / Radio in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Everyone around me was speaking French, but they spoke English to me, thank God!

-
Friday, December 30, 2005: Participated in a 5-minute Tater Tot-eating exhibition during half-time of the Orlando Magic vs. Minnesota Timberwolves NBA game. Though I lost count, my tally was somehere around 250 + Tater Tots.

-
Monday, Dec 19, 2005: Live on the Comcast Sports Network to eat Hot Wings with a couple of Washington Redskins offensive linemen.

- Featured in the December 2005 issue of "The Washingtonian" magazine.

-
Sunday, Oct 30, 2005: On the Redskins' pregame show, which aired on local NBC affiliate, WRC.

- Friday, Oct 28, 2005: Busy day: Appeared live on the three local NBC, FOX, and CBC affilliates, WRC, WTTG, and WUSA TV stations, eating Wings on each set--must have eaten about 80 of them that day.

-
Thursday, August 11, 2005: Appeared live on MSNBC's "The Situation" with Tucker Carlson; responded to Tucker's questions and ate some delicious Johnsonville Brats.

-
Monday, July 18, 2005, Washington DC: Ate some delicious Louisiana Oysters with some congressmen from various states; I ate 10 dozen in 2 minutes--a delicious appetizer.

-
Monday, July 4, 2005: Live on the "Today" show with the World Champ, Takeru Kobayashi.

-
Sunday, July 3, 2005: Appeared on Fox News Live.

-
Sunday, July 3, 2005: Featured in a Washington Post article on the front page of the Sunday Source section of that paper, written by correspondent Karen Hart--with color pics.

-
Thursday, May 26, 2005: Featured in the San Francisco Chronicle article ("Superchomp ...") at sfgate.com by correspondent Amy Moon, strengthened by quotes from top-ranked eater, actor, and writer "Crazy Legs" Conti, in his "Topic" Magazine article from last year on competitive eating.

-
Friday, February 11, 2005: On-hand at the Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum in Hollywood California, to help promote the world famous Virgin Mary Grilled Cheese Sandwich, which was on display.

-
Tuesday, December 14, 2004: Appeared on the Tonight Show With Jay Leno; Celine Dion sang and John Travolta was also on the show, though I didn't meet him.

-
Saturday, November 27, 2004: Participated in a 5-minute Hard-boiled Egg-eating exhibition during half-time of the Orlando Magic vs. Philadelphia 76ers NBA game, consuming 52 eggs, establishing a record for that time limit.

-
Tuesday, October 19, 2004: Appeared with Eric "Badlands" Booker on Animal Planet's "Most Extreme: Battle of the Sexes." Our cheesecake performance was inserted to facilitate the #2 animal entry in the top 10.

- Pic and story on the back page of the
Sep 13, 2004 issue of The National Enquirer.

-
Monday, September 6, 2004, Chattanooga, TN: Threw out the first pitch at the Chattanooga Lookouts baseball game. (The Lookouts are a Class AA team affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds.)

- Featured with Washington Redskins Guard, # 77, Randy Thomas, in the September 2004 issue of FHM magazine.

- Covered in an August 2004 issue of the weekly magazine, "Woman's World."

-
Monday, July 12, 2004 double issue of Sports Illustrated: Was noted and quoted, along with Kobayashi, Crazy Legs Conti, and George Shea, concerning Nathan's and the sport of competitive eating.

-
Thursday, July 8, 2004: Participated with "Beautiful Brian" Seiken and standout up-and-comer Tim "Eater X" Janus in a 5-minute Chicken Nugget-eating exhibition during half-time of the WNBA New York Liberty vs. Washington Mystics Professional B-Ball game at Madison Square Garden. (The game itself was aired live on ESPN-2.)

-
Monday, July 5, 2004: Appeared live on ESPN's morning show, "Cold Pizza."

-
Monday, July 5, 2004: Appeared live on the FOX Network's morning show.

- Sunday, Nathan's July 4th Hot Dog Eating Contest on
Coney Island. (NOTE: This event was aired on ESPN from 12:00-1:00 PM).

-
Thursday, July 1, 2004: Appeared With Ed "Cookie" Jarvis, Eric "Badlands" Booker and other Coney Island-bound world-class eaters on ABC's "Good Morning America."

-
Sunday, May 9 2004: Appeared (v-e-r-y briefly) with other athletes on the CNN Feature, "Life Beyond Limit."

- Featured in the Summer 2004 issue of "Bust" Magazine.

- Featured in the June 2004 issue of "FHM" Magazine.

-
Tuesday, April 27, 2004: Appeared as a guest at the University of Virginia's "Gorge-a-Thon," in support of that great university.

- Appeared in the April 26 issue of "Time" Magazine.

-
Friday, April 2, 2004: Participated in a 5-minute Cheese Quesadilla-eating exhibition during half-time of the Orlando Magic vs. Atlanta Hawks NBA game, establishing a world record (see that titled page).

-
Monday, February 23, 2004 Live on DC-101 FM Radio's (Washington DC) "Elliot in the Morning" show.

-
Wednesday, January 28, 2004; Appeared on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live."

-
Tuesday, January 27, 2003, UCLA Campus, Pauley Pavillion: "Hungry" Charles Hardy (the Godfather of the IFOCE) and the amateur eaters from USC versus yours truly and the UCLA team; Food: Carl's Jr. Low-Carb 6-Dollar Burgers.

-
Thursday, January 15, 2004, 8:00 PM EST WB Network: IFOCE Eaters performed 1-minute eating exhibitions on "Steve Harvey's Big Time."

-
Friday, January 9, 2004, 10:00 PM: IFOCE Coverage on "ABC 20-20."

- December 2003 Issue of "Maxim" Magazine: IFOCE Coverage.

-
Wednesday, November 26, 2003, 9:00 AM EST, CBS: Appeared on the "Living It Up With Ali and Jack" Show.

-
Wednesday, September 17, 2003: Appeared live on CNN's "Live From."

-
Saturday, September 13, 2003: Appeared with "Crazy Legs" Conti in two eating exhibitions at X-Fest in Indianapolis, Indiana. Consumed 65 Hard-boiled eggs in 6' 40 seconds for a New World Record. Twenty-one thousand rock fans attended.