Country’s √Most Artful Media Dodger, Chelsea Clinton, joins NBC News


Bill Clinton (R) stands with wife Hillary Rodham Clinton (L), Secretary of State, and their daughter Chelsea Clinton. (Daniel Berehulak/GETTY IMAGES)

NBC News has carved another face in its “Mount Rushmore” of correspondents: former first daughter and the country’s Most Artful Media Dodger, Chelsea Clinton.

Clinton will be a special correspondent for “Rock Center With Brian Williams” and “NBC Nightly News.” (The Mount Rushmore gag was from “Rock Center” exec producer Rome Hartman, describing NBC News’s correspondents’ stable during a recent news conference.)

Clinton will be charged with profiling organizations and individuals “who represent the best of what works in the United States and around the world, frequently emphasizing stories about everyday people doing extraordinary things” for NBC News’s “Making a Difference” segments, the network news operation announced Monday.

“Chelsea is a remarkable woman who will be a great addition to NBC News,” said division President Steve Capus, adding how proud NBC News suits are that she will be taking her “considerable, unique talents and dedication to NBC News.”

Clinton, for her part, said the gig will enable her to live her grandmother’s adage: “Life is not what happens to you, but about what you do with what happens to you.”

What has happened to Clinton is that she has joined a proud tradition of political children hired by NBC News, reaching way back to the days of JFK/RFK/Ted Kennedy niece Maria Shriver. More recently, that roster includes George W. Bush’s daughter Jenna Bush Hager, who works as a correspondent for NBC’s “Today,” and Sen. John McCain’s daughter Meghan McCain, who is a contributor at MSNBC.

Which, in one of those incredible coincidences, is our fantasy casting for the next edition of “Dancing With the Stars.”

Yes, daughters of former presidents and presidential hopefuls are the Drew Barrymores of New York TV network news divisions — the Willow Smiths of Washington.

Anyway, the title “special correspondent” puts Clinton in the same category as Ted Koppel and Meredith Vieira on “Rock Center.”

Explained Capus: “Given her vast experiences, it’s as though Chelsea has been preparing for this opportunity her entire life.”

And by “preparing for this opportunity her entire life,” Capus meant: “successfully dodging the media her whole life.” Because she is the child of Bill and Hillary Clinton, of course, the press was supposed to keeps its hands off Chelsea as she was growing up, so she could live her life as privately as possible.


View Photo Gallery: Chelsea Clinton, the former first daughter whom America met as a middle schooler, has been hired by NBC as a special correspondent and will join the network’s news division.

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