Chelsea Clinton To Become Correspondent For NBC
Chelsea Clinton, 31, has a new job. NBC has hired the former first daughter as a full-time correspondent, on which she will start out as part of the "Making a Difference" series, which runs on NBC Nightly News and features people who make meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer work.
Clinton has largely stayed out of the public eye since the election of her father Bill Clinton to the presidency in 1992, though she emerged as a strong supporter for her mother Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign in 2007, making public appearances and speaking at college campuses and town halls.
"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, referring to Dorothy Rodham, who died early this month at the age of 92. Clinton also reportedly intends to donate her earnings from NBC for the correspondent work to the William J. Clinton Foundation, with which she has played an active role, a source told The New York Times.
Some people are still skeptical. "The supreme irony of Chelsea Clinton becoming an NBC reporter: I'm pretty sure she's never granted an interview," Jodi Kantor of the Times tweeted. Lisa Caputo, former press secretary to Hillary assures that the relative silence was a vestige of the Clintons' attempt to protect their daughter from public scrutiny when she was young. "When President Clinton was elected, he and First Lady Hilary Rodham Clinton made a decision to draw a line in the sand around Chelsea and her zone of privacy," Caputo said, reports ABC News.
Despite the speculation surfacing about how Clinton-the-reporter will be received, NBC News President Steve Capus is in his new correspondent's corner. "I hope it's the beginning of a nice, long-term relationship," he told the Times.