Chelsea Clinton goes to work for NBC

Chelsea Clinton to Report for NBC

NBC is to announce on Monday morning that it has hired Chelsea Clinton to become a full-time special correspondent for NBC News.

The appointment is immediate. Ms. Clinton will show up at the news division offices on Monday morning, said Steve Capus, president of NBC News, and will begin work on stories that NBC expects to use as part of its “Making a Difference” series, which runs on “NBC Nightly News.”

Ms. Clinton has been a national figure since her father won the presidency in 1992, but she has remained — first by her parents’ request and then by her own choice — largely out of the public eye.

Mr. Capus said an intermediary contacted him in July with word that “she was kicking around what she wanted to do next.”

Mr. Capus said he had met with Ms. Clinton and had a long conversation that began with a simple question. “I asked her: ‘What are you interested in doing?’ ”

Ms. Clinton told him, he said, that during her mother’s campaign for president in 2008, she had been moved by stories of people making personal contributions.

“What we talked about was if she were to come on board that’s the kind of thing she would be interested in doing. 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,” Mr. Capus said.

Those feature reports, which have become popular on NBC’s evening newscast — and which may be added to NBC’s new prime-time newsmagazine program, “Rock Center With Brian Williams” — spotlight people who are making volunteer commitments to improve the lives of others in their community.

A reporter?

Well, I guess when times are tough we all have to do whatever we can to survive. Too bad she couldn’t find a respectable career in drug dealing or used car sales.

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47 Responses to Chelsea Clinton goes to work for NBC

  1. votermom says:

    I hope she does well but I don’t see myself watching NBC even for her … sorry, Chelsea.

    I do wonder if she’s planning to go into politics.

  2. yttik says:

    LOL, yes too bad she has to lower herself and become a reporter.

    She’s actually really interesting. She didn’t take the usual course and become a lawyer, she was interested in medicine, chemistry, but went on to study history and public health. I have no idea how she will use those things in real life, but I don’t see her going into politics. She just doesn’t seem like the type.

    • Mary says:

      Wasn’t NBC/MSNBC the network that claimed Hillary was “pimping out” Chelsea?

      Tad surprising that she’d work for them at all.

    • votermom says:

      Things that make you go hmmm…

      Is Diaspora going to be any good, btw — where’s our resident pirate?

      • DandyTiger says:

        You rang? 🙂 I don’t know. I’ll poke around.

      • DandyTiger says:

        Ah yes, Diaspora. I like what they’re doing. And I hope it can work because it would be better than Facebook or Google+. But Facebook has such momentum I don’t think anyone will catch them at this point. But then again, maybe it doesn’t matter. Just having an open source and better at privacy policy-wise social network as an alternative will still be a very good thing.

  3. gumsnapper says:

    Greenwald at has an article up about Chelsea’s hire.

    • myiq2xu says:

      He probably hates Tori Spelling too.

    • Lola-at-Large says:

      I love how he threw Luke Russert in at the top so his picking on three females wouldn’t look like the sexism that it is. Always from Glenn. He’s such a privileged white gay male wanker hating on female white privileged wankers.

      True story: I pissed him off so bad once with a post called “These Queens are Tiresome” (about him and Andy Sullivan) that he actually commented (ranted, really) on my blog (twice!). Ha!

      • DeniseVB says:

        Did he pick on Peter Doocy ? Oh wait, that’s Fox. He’s the son of the morning guy on the curvey couch. Peter’s quirky and does fun spots, but looks like they’re breaking him in as a newsreader on the weekends, and some political stuff.

  4. votermom says:

    Biden on video:

    Ladies and gentlemen, the president and I weren’t back there blaming Jon Corzine. You know what we were doing. We were calling Jon Corzine. Literally. I literally picked up the phone…and called…Jon Corzine and said “Jon, what do you think we should do?” The reason why we called Jon is because we knew he knew about the economy. About world markets. About how we had to respond, unlike almost anyone we knew… We trusted his judgement.

  5. yttik says:

    Speaking of bad reporting, apparently free republic ran an article about Larry Sinclair having been killed in a hit and run. I guess they had to pull the article because it was a hoax.

  6. DeniseVB says:

    Chelsea should do fine if they keep her away from hard news and politics. Otherwise she could become the news, like Meghan McCain.

    • yttik says:

      I think there’s a real market for not hard news, but not fluff, either. Human interest stories about people being successful in whatever they do. The news is always so negative that I think it’s giving us all a bad attitude. Believe it or not, the world is not just made up of corrupt politicians and serial killers. We don’t spend enough time talking about real people, it’s all criminals, celebrities, and politicians. Life would hardly be worth living if that’s all people were.

      • fif says:

        What struck me is that she is specifically being hired to do a series on people who “are making a difference,” correct? That makes sense for Hillary & Bill’s daughter. She might also be dipping her toe into a higher profile pool for other reasons…

  7. votermom says:

    Comments that attack women’s looks make me cranky.

  8. HELENK says:

    saw an ad for new bumper stickers

    my favorite


  9. myiq2xu says:

    I’m not feeling very good this morning.

    I’ll be back later.

  10. timothy2010 says:

    Reporter for NBC seems like an odd choice for such a learned and private woman. Her mother-in-law was also a reporter there.

    • Pips says:

      Yes, “private”!

      Freely giving up her privacy was what surprised me the most. Remember the viciousness creeping, crawling, seeping out from everywhere at even her very private wedding? Isn’t it a bit like voluntarily throwing herself to the vultures? But I wish her all the best. A remarkable and smart young woman.

  11. HELENK says:

    for the basketball lovers
    NBA rejects contract, player to disband union

  12. yttik says:

    If you want some more crazy Occupy news, Occupy Seattle is now protesting itself. I knew they had lost their minds when they protested the city council meeting that was meeting to pass a bill…declaring their support of Occupy Seattle.

    Here they are again, protesting their own town hall forum

    “Occupy Seattle Disrupts Pro-Occupy Wall Street Forum, Drives Away Supporters”

  13. HELENK says:

    This is so cool five hidden messages in historic American flags. The only country to have this

  14. guest says:

    I don’t think Chelsea is going to be just another reporter. She is going to host a segment called ‘make a difference’ talking to and about people who have made a difference. This looks like a continuation of CGI to me, to bring more attention to her dad’s organization and individual philanthropy. They had a facebook initiative at this year’s CGI.

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