On Monday morning, NBC News is poised to announce that the network has hired Chelsea Clinton to work as a full-time special correspondent, reports the New York Times -- an announcement that won't be a shock media observers who have been commenting on the presidential daughter's more media-friendly behavior. This announcement, which will be effective immediately, means that Clinton will show up on television screens across America as early as today.
Considering that she has remained relatively private for the majority of her time in the public eye, this position will signify a major change of pace. The Huffington Post has more:
When Bill Clinton won the presidency in 1992, the first lady asked the press to keep Chelsea out of the public eye. As a young adult, Chelsea continued to avoid media attention in order to attend college and quietly enter the business world. Once her mother decided to run for the presidency in 2007, however, Chelsea made hundreds of public appearances, mostly on college campuses, to support the campaign. More recently, she has worked for New York University and promoted her father's latest book. She is currently pursuing a doctorate at Oxford.
Numerous sources, including the Washington Post, have noticed Clinton's increased presence in media and have made note that she is clearly attempting to raise her profile. Recently, she interviewed both her mother and her father (on separate occasions) and has been present and numerous fundraisers and events, so this most recent announcement seems to be a very natural progression.
According to Steve Capus, the president of NBC News, Clinton's work will be focused primarily on "Making a Difference," a series which runs on "NBC Nightly News." The New York Times reports that, in July, Capus says that he was contacted by someone who told him that Clinton was thinking over what she wanted to do next. So, the news head met with her and asked about her interests.
After stating that she was inspired by peoples' stories of personal sacrifice during her mother's 2008 presidential campaign bid, it became clearer what her role would be at the network. Thus, her work will focus primarily upon people who are volunteering in their communities in an effort to make positive change.
“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.
According to a person close to Clinton, she has said that she plans to donate all of her NBC earnings to the Clinton Foundation and to the George Washington University Hospital in her grandmother's name (she passed away earlier this month).
Capus says that he hopes this is the beginning of a long relationship and he reiterates the fact that Clinton is a serious hire. “[Clinton] made it very clear that this is not going to be a surface-deep relationship,” he said. “She wants to be in the field for the shoot and in the edit room for the edit.”
Clinton is the second daughter of a president to be hired by NBC News. Jenna Bush Hager, daughter of George W. Bush, is a correspondent for the network's "Today" show.
(H/T: NY Times)