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Chelsea Clinton lands NBC News gig

Nov. 14, 2011 at 1:03 PM   |   Comments

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NEW YORK, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Chelsea Clinton has been hired as a special correspondent for "Rock Center with Brian Williams" and "NBC Nightly News" in New York, the network said Monday.

Clinton is the 31-year-old only child of former President Bill Clinton and current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The youngest Clinton's role with the NBC shows will be to highlight stories within the "Making a Difference" franchise. Her position with NBC News will still allow her to continue her work with the Clinton Foundation and her studies, the network said.

"Chelsea is a remarkable woman who will be a great addition to NBC News. Given her vast experiences, it's as though Chelsea has been preparing for this opportunity her entire life," Steve Capus, president of NBC News, said in a statement.

"Our 'Making a Difference' segments have become a signature of the broadcast. They adhere to a simple goal of highlighting the good works being done across the country and around the world," added Williams, anchor and managing editor of 'Nightly News' and 'Rock Center.' Chelsea Clinton has led a remarkable life. She possesses an uncommon understanding of humanity -- on city streets, across this country and around the globe. We are so excited she's joining us to tell the stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things."

"People who imagine and implement solutions to challenges in their own lives, in their communities, in our country and in our world have always inspired me," said Clinton. "I hope telling stories through 'Making a Difference' -- as in my academic work and non-profit 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.' I have long been impressed that Brian and his team at NBC place consistent importance on sharing stories of empowerment that, in turn, help empower other people and families. I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to this tradition."

Chelsea Clinton has worked at McKinsey & Co. and Avenue Capital, and studied at Stanford, Oxford and Columbia universities. She is currently pursuing a doctorate at Oxford, working at New York University and working with the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative. She serves on the boards of the Clinton Foundation, the School of American Ballet, Common Sense Media and the Weill Cornell Medical College. She and her husband Marc Mezvinsky live in New York.

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