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NBC News Chief Medical Editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman to Speak at Ithaca College on World Health Day

ITHACA, NY — Dr. Nancy Snyderman, the chief medical editor for NBC News, will give a talk on “Health and Media” at Ithaca College on Thursday, April 7. Her presentation, which coincides with World Health Day, will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Emerson Suites, Phillips Hall. It is free and open to the public.

Snyderman appears frequently on “Today,” “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” and “Dateline NBC” and has reported from many of the world’s most troubled areas on wide-ranging topics affecting society. She also serves as the medical director of General Electric’s Healthymagination initiative and is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania.

Prior to joining NBC News in 2006, Snyderman served as vice president of consumer education at Johnson & Johnson, where she led the Understanding Health initiative, focusing on educating and informing the public about health and medicine. She had previously been the medical correspondent for ABC News for 17 years. She earned her medical degree from the University of Nebraska and served on the surgical staff at the University of Arkansas before beginning her broadcasting career at KATV in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Snyderman’s medical work has been widely published in peer-reviewed journals and she is the author of several best-selling books, including “Diet Myths That Keep Us Fat,” “Medical Myths That Can Kill You” and “Dr. Nancy Snyderman’s Guide to Good Health for Women Over Forty.” Her broadcasting work has been recognized with Emmy, DuPont and Gracie awards.

In addition to taking place on World Health Day, the talk will serve as the kickoff for the “Media for Social Responsibility” mini-course in the Roy H. Park School of Communications. Each year the course focuses on a topic of global social consequence, with this year’s issue being health and wellness. Students will examine case studies of how this topic has already been addressed in the media, and small teams led by industry professionals will develop proposals for actual media companies to address the issue and effect positive change.

Snyderman’s presentation is part of the Jessica Savitch Distinguished Journalism Lecture Series in the Park School. The series honors the 1968 Ithaca College graduate who became an Emmy Award–winning NBC News anchor and correspondent. Previous speakers have included Lester Holt, Ann Curry, David Muir ’95, Andrea Mitchell and Natalie Morales.

For more information contact Melissa Gattine, marketing communications manager in the Park School, at (607) 274-1023 or