Robert Bazell, the long-time health and science correspondent and one of the most familiar faces in all of NBC News, is leaving the news business after 38 years.
The news is being reported here on the TVNewser Web site in a story that includes his farewell e-mail to his NBC News colleagues.
Bazell is one of the most honored journalists in the history of TV news, winning just about every award available in the field. He has long specialized in science — filing more than 4,000 stories in his career with NBC.
And now, he’s taking up a new opportunity in the world of academia — an offer of a professorship in molecular, cellular and developmental biology at prestigious Yale University.
“In my career I have been far luckier than I deserve,” Bazell wrote in his e-mail. “My latest piece of good fortune is an offer from Yale to join the faculty as an adjunct professor in the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. To have such an opportunity at this stage of life is a fantastic challenge far too good to resist.”
Bazell will leave NBC this summer.