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From Street Food In Mali To Thanksgiving In America

Ryan Novak and Leah Moriarty reminisce about their early days as Centers for Disease Control and Prevention colleagues in Mali and a special Thanksgiving moment.
Ryan Novak and Leah Moriarty reminisce about their early days as Centers for Disease Control and Prevention colleagues in Mali and a special Thanksgiving moment.
Credit COURTESY OF STORYCORPS ATLANTA

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention employees Ryan Novak and Leah Moriarty met around three years ago in a briefing room the night before they were to be deployed to Mali during the Ebola outbreak.

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In the StoryCorps Atlanta booth, the couple reminisced about the early days as colleagues in West Africa and a special moment that took place over Thanksgiving one year ago.

This story was recorded in partnership with the Atlanta History Center, which hosts Atlanta’s StoryCorps Booth