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Dr. Nancy Snyderman's Status at NBC Still Up in the Air

By    |   Monday, 01 December 2014 04:55 PM

Dr. Nancy Snyderman is ... where? The popular NBC News medical correspondent was supposed to be back at her job in November, but the doctor is still not in the house.

After she violated a self-imposed voluntary Ebola quarantine, the New York Post reports, NBC brass was split on whether she should return to the network — or get a pink slip.

Snyderman, who was working on Ebola stories in Liberia when her cameraman, Ashoka Mukpo, was diagnosed with Ebola, said she would voluntary quarantine herself for 21 days in her New Jersey home, the Daily Mail reported.

Mukpo survived after treatment.

However, during her voluntary quarantine, Snyderman is believed to have been spotted outside a New Jersey restaurant, which caused a furor, Gawker reported, with residents contacting local police and Snyderman's job security thrown into serious question.

Angry residents even put up "Wanted" posters around Princeton, stating, "Snyderman places our community at risk unless she follows the orders of the state of New Jersey Health Department and our local authorities," Gawker reported.

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

The Post quoted an NBC News source who said, "Nancy's quarantine was up two weeks ago, but there is still a debate going on at NBC News among senior managers, some who feel she should be fired for not following advice to quarantine herself. But others feel that NBC News should stand by Snyderman, since she was sent by them to Liberia to report."

Network President Deborah Turness said in an internal memo in October, "we very much look forward to their return next month," meaning November, but Snyderman still has not surfaced on air, In October, CNN's Brian Stelter reported.

Snyderman, who has been with NBC for six years after 17 years with ABC, was ordered into mandatory quarantine after she violated the voluntary quarantine, the Daily Mail reports.

Kelly McBride, ethics expert for the Poynter Institute, cited Snyderman for her "arrogance and dismissiveness" and told the Daily Mail, "People are so freaked out about Ebola that the problem NBC has now is that whenever they put her on the air, some news consumers are going to see the woman who put others at risk, rather than the reporter and professional with great experience."

National Public Radio's (NPR) Susan Dentzer told the Daily Mail, "She and her team clearly should have observed the terms of their quarantine, and she has said clearly that they made a mistake."

Snyderman issued a statement saying, "Members of our group violated those guidelines and understand that our quarantine is now mandatory until 21 days have passed," and added she was "deeply sorry for the concerns this episode caused," CNN reported.

CNN reported that some NBC employees expect Snyderman to return soon, possibly on a network news show to explain her absence, but in the meantime, NBC has been promoting Dr. Natalie Azar as a new medical correspondent.

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Monday, 01 December 2014 04:55 PM
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