Former First Daughter Lands "Today" Show Gig

"It wasn't something I'd always dreamed to do," she said

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    "It wasn't something I'd always dreamed to do," Jenna said. "But I think one of the most important things in life is to be open-minded and to be open-minded for change."

    Former first daughter Jenna Bush is ready for her close-up.

    The 27-year-old daughter of former President George W. Bush will contribute stories -- mostly on topics related to education -- to NBC's "Today" show about once a month, executive producer Jim Bell told the AP.

    "It wasn't something I'd always dreamed to do," Jenna said. "But I think one of the most important things in life is to be open-minded and to be open-minded for change." 

    Jenna, who has written two books and currently teaches in Baltimore, said she knew she always wanted to be an author and teacher but had never really considered getting into television. She began mulling the idea after the show's producer contacted her.

    "I think she can handle it," Bell told the AP. "I think she knows something about pressure and being under some scrutiny. When she came here for a handful of appearances, she knocked it out of the park."

    Jenna will continue to work at her school in Maryland as a reading coordinator while serving as a part-time correspondent for the top-rated morning news show.

    Her first story will air sometime next month, she said.

    The former first daughter will not be covering politics and said she does not plan on talking about her life as the daughter of a president.

    "I don't think it's that interesting," she said. "I'm pretty normal."