Chelsea Clinton Joins "NBC Nightly News," "Rock Center"

Today marks her first day as special correspondent.

By Eric Alt
|  Monday, Nov 14, 2011  |  Updated 11:27 AM EDT
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Chelsea Clinton has joined "NBC Nightly News" and "Rock Center with Brian Williams" as a special correspondent.

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Chelsea Clinton begins "Making a Difference" at NBC today.

Bill and Hillary Clinton's daughter starts her new gig as special correspondent for "NBC Nightly News" as well as "Rock Center with Brian Williams" today, where she will be contributing to the news programs' "Making a Difference" segments. These segments profile people and organizations dedicated to public service and volunteer work.

NBC News President Steve Capus told the New York Times that the position was "full time for the near-term future." 

“Chelsea 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,” said Capus in an official statement. “We are proud she will be bringing her considerable, unique talents and dedication to NBC News.”

Added Williams: “Our Making a Difference segments have become a signature of the broadcast. They adhere to a simple goal of highlighting the good works being done across the country and around the world. Chelsea Clinton has led a remarkable life. She possesses an uncommon understanding of humanity — on city streets, across this country and around the globe. We are so excited she’s joining us to tell the stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things.”

Clinton is currently pursuing a doctorate at Oxford University while working with her father's presidential foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative. She will continue both endeavors as she works with the "Nightly News" and "Rock Center" teams.

Clinton herself issued a statement, saying her interest in charitable work was inspired by her grandmother, Dorothy Rodham, who passed away earlier this month at the age of 92.

“People who imagine and implement solutions to challenges in their own lives, in their communities, in our country and in our world have always inspired me,” said Clinton. “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'."

 

Selected Reading: Deadline, New York Times, MSNBC

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