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The Morning Ticker: Snyderman, Capus, Hall

  • NBC’s Dr. Nancy Snyderman was spotted out and about in Hopewell, NJ, near Princeton yesterday. Dr. Snyderman is under a self-imposed, not government-mandated, quarantine after working with NBC News freelance cameraman Ashoka Mukpo who was diagnosed with Ebola in Africa last week.

  • Tamron Hall got dunked in a giant tank of water this morning by her “Today” show colleague Natalie Morales, and helped raise $14,000 for breast cancer research in the process. ”It went up my nose!” Hall said as she emerged from the tank.

Dr. Nancy Snyderman and Crew Begin U.S. Quarantine

SnydermanEbolaNBC’s chief medial correspondent Dr. Nancy Snyderman and her crew returned to the U.S. on a private charter last night, several hours after their colleague Ashoka Mukpo arrived for treatment of ebola at a hospital in Nebraska.

In a note to staff obtained by TVNewser, NBC News president Deborah Turness writes that Snyderman and her crew are “feeling well and are in good health.”

Even thought they are deemed “low risk,” the team will not come to work, and will be quarantined at home for 21 days where their temperatures will be taken twice a day. Turness writes: “As you saw in Dr. Nancy’s superb reporting from Liberia, she and the team have been incredibly cautious about protecting themselves and minimizing risk, and will continue to do so upon their return.”

Mukpo joined the NBC News team in Liberia as a freelance cameraman just last Tuesday. He began feeling sick on Wednesday and on Thursday was diagnosed with ebola.

Turness’ note after the jump…

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James Goldston: ‘Nothing is More Important Than the Safety and Security of Our People’

MonroviaAs one of its competitors deals with a freelance cameraman contracting Ebola, ABC News president James Goldston told employees today the network’s highest priority is its medical team on-the-ground in Liberia:

In a memo obtained by TVNewser, Goldston praises Dr. Richard Besser and his crew while also explaining precautionary measures being taken.

“I am so proud of the work that Dr. Rich Besser, Adam Desiderio, and our team have done on the Ebola Outbreak in Liberia. It is our highest calling—providing critical information and understanding of a complex and alarming situation, and this team has done a remarkable and courageous job. I want to stress that we are taking these measures out of an abundance of caution. Rich and Adam have taken every necessary precaution while on this assignment, and are currently not symptomatic and do not believe they are at risk. They have been taking their temperatures multiple times daily and, upon their return to New York, will continue to do so for the following 21 days.”

Goldston also points out how ABC’s plan for its journalists’ re-entry into the U.S. is different than NBC News due to the respective crews’ different levels of exposure. “Dr. Nancy Snyderman’s team falls under the CDC’s “Some Risk of Exposure” level, while Rich and Adam fall under the “No Known Exposure” level.”

While reporting yesterday, Dr. Besser stood in front of a presumed-dead body being wrapped up by an Ebola burial team. “He’s not dead,” he said as the person’s arms started to move.

Goldston’s full note to staff after the jump.

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The Afternoon Ticker: Dr. Snyderman, Fusion, CNN

  • NBC News chief medical editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman, who along with her crew has been quarantined in Liberia after freelance colleague Ashoka Mukpo contracted Ebola, is tentatively scheduled to report for “Nightly News” tonight. We’re hearing her reporting schedule—and scheduled flight home to the U.S.— are fluid.

  • Fusion has named Dodai Stewart director of cultural coverage. Stewart was a founding member of Jezebel’s editorial team

  • Capital New York’s Alex Weprin reports on “CNN at the crossroads.” “CNN’s original series future is complex, and controversial. Not everyone inside the company is enthused about the changes.” When “Somebody’s Gotta Do It with Mike Rowepremieres next week, the network will have three original series running at the same (Rowe, Bourdain, Ling).

Ashoka Mukpo, NBC News Ebola Patient, to Return to U.S. Sunday For Treatment

AshokaMukpoAshoka Mukpo, the American NBC News freelance cameraman who was diagnosed with Ebola yesterday in Liberia, will be returning to the U.S. for treatment Sunday.

His parents Dr. Mitchell Levy and Diane Mukpo were on the “Today” show this morning, telling Tamron Hall, “His spirits are better today.” He has been seeing “the death and tragedy and now it’s really hit home for him” (watch after the jump).

Mukpo was working with Dr. Nancy Snyderman and her team in Monrovia. Snyderman, who will also return to the U.S. and be quarantined for 21 days told Matt Lauer, “We shared a work space. We shared vehicles. We shared equipment. But everyone here is hyper-alert. We have not been in close proximity. No one shakes hands. There’s no hugging.”

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NBC News Freelancer Diagnosed with Ebola

Snyderman304Breaking: A 33-year-old American freelance cameraman working for NBC News in Liberia has tested positive for Ebola and will be flown back to the United States for treatment.

The infected freelancer was hired Tuesday to be a second cameraman for NBC News correspondent Dr. Nancy Snyderman. Snyderman is with three other NBC News employees on assignment in Monrovia, reporting on the Ebola outbreak. They are being monitored and will be quarantined for 21 days upon their imminent return from Africa.

On Tuesday night, Snyderman and her team reported a story titled, Inside the Ebola Hot Zone in Liberia for “NBC Nightly News.” We’re told Snyderman will phone in to ”The Rachel Maddow Show” this evening to discuss the diagnosis.

NBC says the freelancer came down with symptoms on Wednesday. As part of a routine temperature check, he discovered he was running a slight fever. He immediately quarantined himself and sought medical advice. On Thursday morning, he went to a treatment center to be tested for the virus. The positive result came back just under 12 hours later.

The cameraman, who also is a writer, has been working in Liberia on various projects for the past three years. NBC News is withholding his name at the request of his family.

“We are doing everything we can to get him the best care possible. He will be flown back to the United States for treatment at a medical center that is equipped to handle Ebola patients,” NBC News President Deborah Turness said in a note to staff.

Read Turness’ note to NBC News staff after the jump…

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The Afternoon Ticker: Chang, Orman, Snyderman

  • Tonight at 9pmET BloombergTV launches the new series “Studio 1.0″ hosted by Emily Chang. The 30-minute conversation show features innovators from the worlds of tech and media. Starting next Thursday it will air at 8:30pmET.

  • The 14th season of “The Suze Orman Show” premieres Saturday at 9pmET on CNBC. The first episode will focus on funding retirement vs. saving for emergency and a couple drowning in debt.

  • NBC News’ chief medical editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman is on the ground in Monrovia, Liberia covering the Ebola crisis. “In this part of Africa, it is out of control, and it remains the belly of the beast,” Snyderman reported this morning on “Today.”

Covering Ebola: ‘It’s So Easy to Stoke the Fear Instead of Talking Plain’

Dr Nancy Snyderman Ebola reportFor correspondents tasked with covering the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa, there is a fine line to be walked with each and every report: where is the balance between informing and scaring?

“I always flip-flop in my mind. Ebola: it’s really scary. The fact that it jumped through borders by plane in Nigeria: scary,” NBC News chief medical editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman tells TVNewser. “But when responsible people say you must be in close proximity to someone and be exposed to vomit, diarrhea, blood [to be infected] — it’s not casual. I want people to know that we don’t make that stuff up. It’s to reassure and to tell the truth. I believe fervently that the public has a right to know. And my job is to tell people the truth. Even on the scary days, tell them the truth.”

“We’re going to keep all eyes on Atlanta right now as long as the two Americans are hospitalized,” she added. “The CDC has been extraordinarily transparent in the calls they’re getting and samples they’re getting. And as a reporter, it’s still all eyes on Africa” (watch her report after the jump).

Ditto CNN International correspondent David McKenzie, who was the first reporter granted access to the main Ebola treatment center in Sierra Leone, one of the hardest-hit areas. McKenzie tells TVNewser that getting to the treatment center was crucial to examining the outbreak’s human impact. Read more

NBC News Takes Viewers Inside Humanitarian Crisis of Syrian War

As part of NBC News’s 48 hour live documentary “Forgotton: Syria’s Children of War,” NBC medical editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman took viewers through the intensive care unit of a Lebanese hospital that is overrun with patients from nearby Syrian refugee camps.

In the half hour live webcast beginning at NoonET, which, as we watched on, streamed with almost no hiccups, Snyderman discussed some of the urgent needs of the newborns, including one (above) who had heart surgery this week. She also introduced a toddler who shows symptoms consistent with polio. If confirmed, this would be the first case of polio in Lebanon since the crisis began three years ago. Snyderman says she was able to visit the child — even sitting beside her in her hospital bed — because she’s had her booster shots.

Following the webcast, which included two live cameras, an audio operator and producer, Snyderman did a liveshot from the hospital for MSNBC. She’ll also report later for “Nightly News.” It’s the start of 48 hours of coverage on multiple NBC News platforms.

“Very rarely do people get to see the human cost of a lack preventive healthcare,” Snyderman told TVNewser after the webcast. “Syrian children are paying a high price of malnutrition, lack of vitamins, and stress. This was a chance to put a face on these children, the ones who are suffering the most.”

The Top Correspondents and Stories on Network Evening News in 2013 Were…

Tom CostelloNBC News correspondent Tom Costello got the most airtime on the evening newscasts in 2013 with 303 minutes on “NBC Nightly News.” David Muir was next with 296 minutes on “ABC World News,” and NBC’s Chief Foreign Affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell was third with 275 minutes on “Nightly.”

The numbers come from Andrew Tyndall‘s 2013 review of the most-covered stories and most-used correspondents.

The Boston Marathon bombing led the way in coverage, drawing 432 minutes across the three networks. CBS and NBC led the way with 157 and 156 minutes, respectively, with ABC presenting 119 minutes of coverage.

Tyndall was critical of ABC in this year’s report, suggesting 2013 was the year “ABC World News” “finally rejected” presenting a serious newscast.

ABC News is firing back: “Our mission is to give our viewers information that is relevant to their everyday lives,” ABC News SVP Jeffrey Schneider tells TVNewser. “Winning the Murrow for Best Newscast in 2013 and enjoying our best season in 5 years is far more meaningful than Tyndall’s method that confuses quantity with quality. ”

Tyndall, it should be noted, charges clients $15,000 for his subscription service. ABC News stopped subscribing about 10 years ago. CBS and NBC are still clients.

Rounding out the top five correspondents with the most airtime:

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