Report: NBC got interview with teen who faked pregnancy by offering scholarship (Update: Not true, says NBC)

Yakima Herald

A Yakima Herald story about Gaby Rodriguez -- the high school student who faked pregnancy for a school project -- reported in the 25th and 26th paragraphs:

[A boyfriend] appeared with Gaby live on NBC's "Today" show May 10, along with her mother and principal Trevor Greene, who was in on the secret.

She initially planned to appear on ABC but backed out of that agreement, opting for NBC, which, according to [Sharlene] Martin, her agent, offered Gaby a scholarship. Martin didn't say how much it was worth.

I've e-mailed NBC News spokeswoman Monica Lee for comment. || UPDATE: An NBC spokeswoman says: "We licensed the footage for a nominal fee which we disclosed in the piece. There was no 'scholarship' (to what??) offered."

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