NBC News Hires Chelsea Clinton

Will contribute to 'Making a Difference' series

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Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton will be joining NBC News as a full-time special correspondent, The New York Times reported today.

According to NBC News president Steve Capus, Clinton will work on stories for the “Making a Difference” series, which is currently featured on the NBC Nightly News and may start appearing on NBC’s new Monday night news magazine program, Rock Center With Brian Williams. The segment spotlights people whose volunteer contributions are helping their community.

Clinton will begin her new position immediately.

Capus said that he initially approached Clinton about coming to NBC back in July. After she told him that she had been touched by the personal stories she heard during her mother’s 2008 presidential campaign, the “Making a Difference” feature seemed like a fit.

Clinton won’t be the first presidential (or would-be presidential) offspring to work for NBC News; Jenna Bush Hager is currently a correspondent for the Today show, while Meghan McCain was recently hired as a contributor for MSNBC.

Capus told the Times that Clinton, like Bush Hager and McCain, wasn’t hired for show. She “made it very clear that this is not going to be a surface-deep relationship [and] wants to be in the field for the shoot and in the edit room for the edit,” he said.

A source told the Times that Clinton is planning to donate all of the money she earns from her work at NBC to the Clinton Foundation and the George Washington University Hospital, where she will give in the name of her maternal grandmother, who died earlier this month.

@adweekemma emma.bazilian@adweek.com Emma Bazilian is Adweek's features editor.