Former First Daughter at Work: Chelsea Clinton Joins NBC News
Chelsea Clinton heads to NBC News for a new job. Good for her!
It looks like Chelsea Clinton is on the up and up—not only has the former first daughter recently been elected to the board of IAC, the Internet company that owns such sites as Ask.com, OkCupid, and College Humor, but perhaps even more impressively, she’s just been hired as a full-time special correspondent for NBC News.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Chelsea will work with Rock Center with Brian Williams and NBC Nightly News on the “Making a Difference” franchise, which runs segments featuring people and organizations doing extraordinary things—like this 12-year-old girl who built 27 homes in Haiti:
Chelsea had an impressive academic record while she was in school—she graduated with highest honors from Stanford in 2001, after which she earned both a Master of Philosophy in international relations from University College, Oxford and a Master of Public Health from Columbia University—so it’s good to see that she’s using her education and her experience for awesome things. Indeed, NBC News president Steve Capus said of Chelsea, “[She] is a remarkable woman who will be a great addition to NBC News. Given her vast experiences, it’s as though Chelsea has been preparing for this opportunity her entire life. We are proud she will be bringing her considerable, unique talents and dedication to NBC News.”
And Chelsea will be in familiar company at NBC—Jenna Bush Hager works as a correspondent for the Today Show, and Meghan McCain is a contributor on MSNBC. This is what Chelsea had to say about her new gig, according to The New York Times: “I hope telling stories through ‘Making a Difference’—as in my academic work and non-profit 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.’” Good for her!
A source told the Times that Chelsea intends to donate most of the money she earns from NBC to her family’s Clinton Foundation and to the George Washington University hospital in the name of her grandmother, who passed away this month. Sounds like a nice gesture. We’re looking forward to seeing what Chelsea brings to NBC!
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.