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Medical News & Perspectives
August 11, 2015

Navigating the Minefields of Medicine and Journalism

JAMA. 2015;314(6):545-547. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.5221

Despite her many professional accomplishments, Nancy Snyderman, MD—head and neck surgeon, network medical correspondent for nearly 25 years—might best be remembered for the take-out soup incident of 2014.

Snyderman was caught violating her self-imposed 21-day quarantine after returning from reporting on the Ebola epidemic in Liberia for NBC News in October. She was spied waiting in a car while a companion ducked into a New Jersey restaurant to pick up a to-go order of soup ( Snyderman apologized and resumed reporting in December, but she departed NBC in March.

“Covering the Ebola epidemic last fall in Liberia, and then becoming part of the story upon my return to the US, contributed to my decision that now is the time to return to academic medicine,” Snyderman said in a statement (