Chelsea Clinton will stay on at NBC


Chelsea Clinton is reupping at NBC. (Daniel Berehulak/GETTY IMAGES)

Sure, they may be numbered, but those numbers will be spelled out in a longer-term contract that Clinton and NBC are close to completing, according to two sources with knowledge of the matter. Clinton’s current contract is a three-month agreement that’s due to expire within a couple of weeks. The sources wouldn’t comment on how long the new agreement will extend the rookie correspondent.

Clinton made ber NBC debut on Dec. 12 with a feature piece on an afterschool program in Pine Bluff, Ark., whose leader, Annette Dove, had sacrificed a great deal for the children under her tutelage---part of the network’s “Making a Difference” series.

It was must-see TV, especially for critics. The Washington Post’s Hank Stuever panned the product: “what was surprising to see on Monday night’s show is how someone can be on TV in such a prominent way and, in her big moment, display so very little charisma — none at all. Either we’re spoiled by TV’s unlimited population of giant personalities or this woman is one of the most boring people of her era.”

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This blog rendered a far more charitable evaluation: “Though the cub reporter could stand to amp it up a touch, she comes across well on camera. She has a good presence and speaks convincingly about her material.”

Just this week Clinton turned in another “Making a Difference” piece, this one on a program in Rhode Island that brings together charter school teachers and public school teachers to assist elementary school kids with reading.

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Clinton has also done a segment on a World War II veteran and former POW who raised $3 million to provide service dogs to injured soldiers.

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Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.

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