Former first daughter will report on ‘making a difference,’ New York Times says
NBC News will announce today that Chelsea Clinton is joining the network to report on volunteerism as a special correspondent, The New York Times reports.
Clinton, who has gradually raised her profile in recent years by working for her father's foundation and speaking during her mother's 2008 presidential campaign, will work on NBC's "Making a Difference" segments on people improving the lives of those around them.
She joins a growing list of political daughters working for NBC: Jenna Bush Hager, daughter of former President George W. Bush, is a correspondent for NBC’s “Today” show, and Meghan McCain, daughter of 2008 Republican presidential candidate John McCain, is a contributor to MSNBC.
NBC News president Steve Capus told the Times that an intermediary of Clinton's contacted him in July and said she was "kicking around what she wanted to do next." He said they spoke and that the idea of Clinton working on "Making a Difference" stories made sense.
He said she told him, "That’s the kind of thing, if this were to happen, that I would really like to do." He added: "It’s not about Chelsea Clinton saying, 'Here I am; I want to be a TV star.'"
"I hope telling stories through 'Making a Difference' — as in my academic work and nonprofit work — will help me to live my grandmother’s adage of ‘Life is not about what happens to you, but about what you do with what happens to you,'" Clinton said in a statement to the Times.