In the United States, meanwhile, when federal health officials confirmed that a Texas resident had become the first person in the United States to develop the disease, AP reporters Emily Schmall and Nomaan Merchant tapped their deep community connections in Dallas. What they learned was stunning — the patient had been sent home from the hospital in spite of telling doctors that he had just been in Liberia, where Ebola was spreading unchecked. As the story grew, it revealed a U.S. health care system unprepared to deal with the emergency.
From West Africa to Dallas and beyond, it was quintessential Associated Press coverage: Only AP’s reach, depth and access could have provided such a full picture of the alarming crisis as it unfolded worldwide.
In a year of extraordinary unrest — deadly conflict, fatal epidemics, airplane crashes and natural disasters — AP leveraged its resources around the world to tell stories that no other media could. As we met the challenge of covering a chaotic and dangerous year, our stories broke news no one else had, provided crucial context and perspective and made a difference.