MTV Channel Names Hickox Woman of the Year

Dec 9, 2014

An MTV channel targeting college students has named nurse - and Maine resident - Kaci Hickox its 2014 woman of the year. The channel, called mtv-U, made the announcement today.

Kaci Hickox and her boyfriend, Ted Wilbur, in Maine in October.
Credit Patty Wight / MPBN

Hickox defied state-imposed quarantines after returning from West Africa, where she had treated Ebola patients. She said she was acting on behalf of all health care workers who returned from battling Ebola.

Hickox says she feels honored by this recognition. "It's definitely something that I didn't expect, and I just hope that we can continue, as a country, focusing on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and figuring out how to stop it," she says.

After the 21-day incubation period for the disease was over, Hickox and her boyfriend moved from Fort Kent to southern Maine.