Former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton is finally stepping into the spotlight.
After years of remaining behind the scenes during her parents’ various political endeavors, Clinton is now ready to appear in front of the camera.
NBC announced today that Clinton has been hired as a special correspondent for the network, and will work on the feature series Making A Difference, which spotlights people and organizations volunteering to improve their communities. The series, which is already a popular part of the NBC Nightly News, might also become a feature of the station’s prime time program Rock Center With Brian Williams.
According to NBC News President Steve Capus, Clinton is interested in people doing good — not in becoming a TV star. “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,” he said.
He also noted that she will be more than just the face of the broadcast, saying that Clinton “made it very clear that this is not going to be a surface-deep relationship. She wants to be in the field for the shoot and in the edit room for the edit…It will be full time for the near-term future. But I hope it’s the beginning of a nice, long-term relationship.”
While working for NBC, Clinton plans to continue her studies at Oxford and her work with her father’s charity, the Clinton Foundation. In fact, she announced on Facebook that she plans to donate most of her NBC earnings to the charity, and will also make a donation to the George Washington University Hospital in her grandmother’s name.
Indeed, it was her grandmother’s advice that spurred Clinton to pursue the job in the first place. She said in 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’…What inspires me most are people who imagine and implement solutions to challenges in their own lives, in their communities, in our country and around the world. I am excited to work with NBC News to continue to highlight stories of organizations and individuals who make their communities and our world healthier, more just and more humane.”