NEW YORK (MEDIA GENERAL) – NBC News Chief Medical Editor, Dr. Nancy Snyderman, announced Thursday evening she is leaving the network for academia. Snyderman came under fire after it was reported that she broke her Ebola quarantine about five months ago.
Snyderman said her decision to leave was in part routed in the Ebola controversy. “Covering the Ebola epidemic last fall in Liberia, and then becoming part of the story upon my return to the U.S., contributed to my decision that now is the time to return to academic medicine,” Snyderman said in a statement.
In fact, as recently as last month, Snyderman appeared to still be defending herself to critics on Twitter.
To set the record straight: #1 I was not exposed to Ebola #2 It was not soup #3 Vaccinations save lives…wish there were one for Ebola
— Dr. Nancy Snyderman (@DrNancyNBCNEWS) February 4, 2015
Snyderman said she’ll be taking a position at a major U.S. medical school. “More needs to be done to communicate medicine and science to our viewers and citizens, especially in times of crisis, and with my experiences in the field and on air, that is going to be a priority for me,” she wrote.
An NBC News spokesperson released a short statement lauding Snyderman’s contributions to NBC. “She’s been a valuable voice both on air and in our newsroom, and we wish her all the best.”
Snyderman spent nine years at NBC. “Every moment has been an honor,” Snyderman concluded.