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NBC has added yet another political daughter to its ranks. Jenna Bush Hager is already on the network's payroll as a correspondent for Today. John McCain's daughter Meghan is a contributor to MSNBC. And now Chelsea Clinton, 31, is signing on to work as a full-time special correspondent for NBC News.
In Chelsea's case, the job choice is a little more surprising. Ever since her father, Bill Clinton, became President in 1992, Chelsea has been known for maintaining a low public profile. She was 12 at the time he took office, and Bill and Hillary Clinton insisted on her right to privacy. But even as an adult, she stayed largely out of public view. That changed in 2008, when Hillary Clinton ran for her party's Presidential nomination. Chelsea campaigned for her mother on a college tour and introduced her at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.
During that campaign, Chelsea was moved by several human-interest stories she heard while traveling the country. Her NBC News reports "will spotlight people who are making volunteer commitments to improve the lives of others in their community," according to The New York Times. NBC plans to use her features as part of its "Making a Difference" series on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.
In a statement about her new job, Chelsea said, "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.'"
Steve Capus, president of NBC News, told the Times that Chelsea will be doing real work -- not just showing up on camera. "She wants to be in the field for the shoot and in the edit room for the edit," he said. "We both want to see how this goes. It will be full time for the near-term future. But I hope it’s the beginning of a nice, long-term relationship."