Nancy Snyderman is stepping down as chief medical editor at NBC News. Snyderman took a leave of absence after she was caught in New Jersey violating a quarantine after being exposed to the Ebola virus while covering the epidemic in Liberia.
NBC News medical reporter Nancy Snyderman said of her violating Ebola quarantine procedures: “Good people make mistakes and I stepped outside the boundaries of what I promised to do and what the public expected of me, and for that I’m sorry.”
A network executive who spoke on condition of anonymity because it was a personnel matter said Tuesday that Snyderman will report tomorrow on a medical issue for the Today show and NBC’s Nightly News.
The mandatory Ebola-related quarantine is over, but Dr. Nancy Snyderman and the crew members who traveled to Liberia with her are not coming back to work yet. In an internal memorandum on Wednesday, NBC News president Deborah Turness said the crew would be taking some more time off work, adding, “We very much look forward to their return next month.”
An admitted lapse in the quarantine, combined with a curiously imprecise explanation, unleashed a furious response. NBC must now decide whether its chief medical editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman’s credibility is too damaged for her to continue reporting on Ebola or other medical issues and, if so, for how long.
NBC chief medical editor and correspondent Dr. Nancy Snyderman apologized for violating quarantine guidelines after traveling to Liberia to cover the Ebola outbreak.
NBC’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.