NBC News freelancer diagnosed with Ebola

Oct 3, 2014 1:32 PM by News Staff

NEW YORK (AP) - An American cameraman diagnosed with Ebola had been doing nonprofit development work in Liberia before outbreak of the disease.

Philip Marcelo, a Boston-based Associated Press reporter, met Ashoka Mukpo last year while on assignment in Liberia for The Providence Journal.

Marcelo says Mukpo was a researcher for the Sustainable Development Institute, a Liberia-based nonprofit shining light on concerns of workers in mining camps outside Monrovia. He says Mukpo has a passion for Liberian culture.

Mukpo's father, Dr. Mitchel Levy, told NBC's "Today" show that his son is scared and worried, but his spirits are improving. His mother, Diana Mukpo, says he's scheduled to return to the U.S. this weekend.

Mukpo was hired Tuesday to work with NBC. He had also covered the outbreak for Vice news and Al Jazeera America.

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