Chelsea Clinton, TV reporter -- like Jenna Bush, Meghan McCain
Chelsea Clinton is heading to work this morning at NBC News.
The daughter of Bill and Hillary Clinton has kept a relatively low profile -- except for her much-ballyhooed wedding in July 2010 to Mark Mezvinsky -- but now she'll be stepping into the limelight, the network announced Monday, working on projects for "NBC Nightly News" and Brian Williams' news magazine, "Rock Center."
She's not the first presidential daughter (or presidential candidate's daughter) that NBC News has brought on to its staff. As NDTV notes, Jenna Bush Hager, daughter of President George W. Bush, works as a correspondent for the "Today" show (on which Clinton was set to talk about her new job Monday morning), and Meghan McCain, daughter of Sen. John McCain, is a contributor to MSNBC.
Chelsea Clinton was the target of media speculation recently, with rumors that she'd be announcing a run for Congress. Some saw her recent stepped-up public activity as a buildup to a big announcement. She had joined the board of Barry Diller's IAC part time, accompanied Bill Clinton onstage at his 65th birthday at the Hollywood Bowl and interviewed her mother at the Clinton Global Initiative.
But her spokesman, Matt McKenna, quashed those rumors last month, saying: "This is 100% false."
Her new gig as a special correspondent is 100% true, however, and effective immediately.
For Clinton, the emphasis will be on perky and positive, apparently, in projects for the news division's "Making a Difference" series -- generally upbeat stories about people, celebrities included, and companies.
Clinton released a statement:
"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.'"
-- Amy Hubbard
Photo: Chelsea Clinton in 2004. Credit: Mannie Garcia / Reuters