NBC News Hires Daughter of Former President as Full-Time Correspondent — the Second President’s Daughter on Division’s Payroll

Nov 14, 2011  •  Post A Comment

NBC News has hired the daughter of a former U.S. president as a full-time correspondent, making her the second daughter of a president on the division’s payroll.

The news division hired Chelsea Clinton as a correspondent, an appointment that will begin today, reports The New York Times‘ Bill Carter.

NBC’s "Today" show employs Jenna Bush Hager, a daughter of former president George W. Bush, the piece adds.

Clinton will start working on stories that will be used during an "NBC Nightly News" segment called "Making a Difference," the piece notes. Her decision to join NBC comes after she has worked on raising her profile through her family’s William J. Clinton Foundation and speaking at 400 town hall meetings in 2008 to support her mother’s presidential candidacy, the piece says.

Steve Capus, the president of NBC News, met with Clinton, who told him that she was moved during her mother’s campaign by personal stories of contributions, the article says.

"We knew she wasn’t going to do the lead story. But having somebody who was going to do really captivating feature assignments for the ‘Making a Difference’ franchise really kind of synced up,” Capus said.

"Making a Difference" segments, which are popular in the evening newscast, might also be added to "Rock Center with Brian Williams," the new prime-time newsmagazine, according to the article.

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