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Dr. Nancy Snyderman Apologizes: ‘Good People Can Make Mistakes’

SnydermanDr. Nancy Snyderman returned to NBC News this morning to report a story on depression in America. But the segment began with Matt Lauer pressing her on why she violated a voluntary quarantine following an Ebola reporting trip to Liberia.

“I’m very sorry for not only scaring my community and the country, but adding to the confusion,” said Snyderman. NBC’s Chief Medial Editor was spotted going for food near her Hopewell Township, NJ home October 9, even though she was under quarantine. A week earlier a member of her NBC News team, Ashoka Mukpo was diagnosed with Ebola.

“We knew our risks in our heads but didn’t really appreciate — and, frankly, we were not sensitive to how absolutely frightened Americans were,” said Snyderman. “Good people can make mistakes. I stepped outside the boundaries of what I promised to do and what the public expected of me, and for that, I’m sorry.”

Snyderman also says the crisis is not over in West Africa and that she “would go back tomorrow and so would my entire team.”

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Nancy Snyderman Will Return to NBC After Violating Quarantine

Dr Nancy Snyderman Ebola reportNBC News chief medical editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman will be back on the network tomorrow, according to David Bauder of the Associated Press.

Snyderman will return to the air for the first time since violating a voluntary quarantine following possible Ebola exposure. She will report on a medical issue for the “Today” show and NBC’s “Nightly News.”

Snyderman had been in Africa reporting on Ebola when NBC News freelance cameraman Ashoka Mukpo contracted Ebola. There was debate about whether Snyderman would ever return to NBC News, after she was spotted picking up food from a New Jersey restaurant during her quarantine. Apparently, all is forgiven.

With Snyderman Sidelined, NBC News Brings on New Medical Contributor

NatalieAzarAs NBC’s Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Nancy Snyderman continues to be off the air following a breach of her Ebola quarantine last month, NBC News has brought on Dr. Natalie Azar as a medical contributor. Dr. Azar was on “Nightly News” last week and on the “Today” show this morning.

Dr. Azar, a rheumatologist and clinical instructor at NYU Langone Medical Center, has been a contributor to WNYW and was most recently on the FOX New York station Oct. 29.

Page Six has an item today about NBC News executives who are reportedly divided on how to handle Dr. Snyderman’s return.

Sources tell us NBC has to decide if her credibility is too damaged for her to continue reporting on medical issues.

Chris Jansing on ‘Risk’ and Reward of Traveling to West Africa Covering Ebola Outbreak

JansingAfricaNBC’s senior White House correspondent Chris Jansing has landed in the epicenter of the Ebola crisis: Guinea, in West Africa. Jansing is the only TV journalist traveling with U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power, the highest ranking U.S. official to travel to Africa since the crisis began.

“I am on the Ambassador’s plane and we will have a health expert with us at every stop,” Jansing tells TVNewser. “I feel completely comfortable that every possible precaution has been taken to assure our health and safety.”

While in Africa, Jansing will travel to remote parts of Liberia where she’ll interview members of the U.S. military as well as doctors, nurses and other medical professionals from NGOs who are fighting the pandemic on the front lines.

Jansing’s NBC News colleagues, including Dr. Nancy Snyderman, finished a 21-day quarantine Thursday following their reporting trip to Liberia earlier this month. Ashoka Mukpo, an NBC News freelancer working with Snyderman was diagnosed with the disease on Oct. 2. He was declared Ebola-free last Tuesday.

Jansing’s previously planned reporting trip covering President Obama’s upcoming meetings in Asia and Australia is off. China, for one, wouldn’t allow her entry within 21 days of traveling to West Africa.

“I’ll have a front row seat, witnessing why Ebola is still winning in West Africa,” Jansing says. “Yes, there is always some risk. But there’s an incredible and important story to be told.”

Despite Criticism, Dr. Nancy Snyderman Will Return to NBC News

Dr Nancy Snyderman Ebola reportNBC News chief medical correspondent Dr. Nancy Snyderman will return to work, but it won’t be until next month. NBC News president Deborah Turness informed the network’s employees of the decision in an internal email this evening:

I am very pleased to share that, as of tonight, the 21-day quarantine period of Dr. Nancy Snyderman and the team will be over, which means they have cleared the range of time when Ebola symptoms typically appear (the range can be between 2-21 days after exposure but the average time symptoms appear is between 8-10 days). They remain healthy and symptom-free, which is a great relief to all.

While in Liberia Dr. Nancy and her team delivered first class, first-hand reporting from the front lines of this tragic and monumental story. Their subsequent departure from Monrovia, their return to the U.S. and period of quarantine has been a challenging time. We have encouraged them – and they have agreed – to take some time off with their families and friends to help restore some normalcy to their lives. We very much look forward to their return next month.

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Bauder: Can NBC’s Snyderman Continue Reporting After Ebola Quarantine Incident?

Dr Nancy Snyderman Ebola reportThe AP’s David Bauder asks whether NBC News chief medical officer Dr. Nancy Snyderman has lost too much credibility to continue reporting on the key medical story of the moment, Ebola. “The quarantine against possible Ebola exposure ends this week” for Snyderman, Bauder writes, “but the troubles clearly aren’t over” for Snyderman’s NBC career:

An admitted lapse in the quarantine, combined with a curiously imprecise explanation, unleashed a furious response. NBC must now decide whether Snyderman’s credibility is too damaged for her to continue reporting on Ebola or other medical issues and, if so, for how long. The network would not comment.

Lauer on Snyderman: ‘She’s Back in Quarantine, Which is Where She Should Be’

TMZ caught up with Matt Lauer on his way into 30 Rock this morning where he was asked about Dr. Nancy Snyderman breaking her quarantine last Thursday. “She’s already admitted she was wrong. I know she feels it was a mistake and it’s regretable and she’s back to quarantine, which is where she should be out of an abundance of precaution.”

The Morning Ticker: Knapp, Crawford, Couric

  • Just who was it that broke the news of Dr. Nancy Snyderman breaking her quarantine? WaPo’s Erik Wemple reveals it’s a former Times of Trenton reporter who took a buyout and launched her own blog called Planet Princeton.

  • CBS’s Jan Crawford got the first interview with Brittany Maynard, the terminally ill Oregon woman who has chosen physician-assisted suicide rather than the painful end her cancer portends. Maynard says she doesn’t want to die. “If anyone wants to hand me a magical cure… I’ll take them up on it,” she says.

  • Yahoo’s Katie Couric sat down with Susan Mellen who was recently released from prison after 17 years. Mellen was convicted of the murder of Rick Daly, a transient man she once dated. A Los Angeles Superior Court judge threw out the conviction last week.

Dr. Nancy Snyderman ‘Deeply Sorry;’ Maintains She Poses ‘No Risk to the Public’

Snyderman304On “NBC Nightly News” tonight, Brian Williams read a statement from NBC News chief medical editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman who was spotted out and about near her Hopewell, NJ home Thursday despite being under voluntary quarantine due to possible exposure to Ebola. When the state of New Jersey Health Dept. found out about it, it required Snyderman and her crew be placed in a mandatory quarantine. Here’s the statement:

While under voluntary quarantine guidelines which called for our team to avoid public contact for 21 days, members of our group violated those guidelines and understand that our quarantine is now mandatory until 21 days have passed. We remain healthy and our temperatures are normal. As a health professional, I know that we have no symptoms and pose no risk to the public, but I am deeply sorry for the concerns this episode caused.

Dr. Snyderman returned from Africa a week ago tonight after an NBC News colleague, cameraman Ashoka Mukpo, tested positive for Ebola. He’s responding favorably to treatment in Nebraska.

Dr. Nancy Snyderman and Crew Now In Mandatory Quarantine

Dr Nancy Snyderman Ebola reportAs we reported yesterday, NBC News chief medical editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman was spotted out and about Thursday in Hopewell, NJ, despite being in a self-imposed quarantine following potential exposure to Ebola while on a reporting trip to Africa earlier this month. One of Snyderman’s cameramen, freelancer Ashoka Mukpo, was diagnosed with the disease on Oct. 2 and was flown to Nebraska for treatment last Sunday.

The New Jersey Department of Health issued a mandatory quarantine order last night for Snyderman and the other crew members who returned to the U.S. on Monday. From the AP:

The state Health Department told The Associated Press the crew remains symptom-free and that there is no reason for concern of exposure to the deadly virus to the community. Citing privacy concerns, department spokeswoman Donna Leusner would not give further details, including who violated the agreement and how the state learned of a violation.