Chelsea Clinton to hit the tube
November 14th, 2011
09:17 AM ET
6 years ago

Chelsea Clinton to hit the tube

(CNN) - And Chelsea Clinton makes three - three first children taking their famous last names to NBC News.

Clinton joined the Peacock network Monday as a special correspondent who will appear on "NBC Nightly News" and "Rock Center with Brian Williams," contributing to the "Making a Difference" series that highlights extraordinary stories from ordinary people, according to the network.

"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," Clinton said in a statement. "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."

The famously private daughter of former Democratic President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will continue her work at the Clinton Foundation and her doctoral studies at NYU along with her new venture.

She previously worked at a hedge fund and hit the campaign trail in 2008 on behalf of her mother's presidential bid.

Jenna Bush Hager, daughter of former President George W. Bush, reports for NBC's "The Today Show" and Ron Reagan, the late President Ronald Reagan's son, is an analyst on MSNBC. Meghan McCain, daughter former Republican presidential nominee John McCain, is also a contributor on MSNBC.

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  1. Denise

    Oh my goodness – all these whiners make me ill. Who in the world ever told you life is even-Steven-perfectly-sliced-the-same-for-everyone-fair? You know what,.... it just isn't. I am quite sure every one of you complainers has caught a break somewhere in your pathetic score keeping lives. What you did with the opportunitiy is what [could have] set you apart. Chelsea is a respectful, educated and contributing citizen. We could use a few more. Quit your whining.

    November 14, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  2. independent


    No fluff, be honest, and occasionally ruffle some feathers.

    November 14, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  3. independent

    Denise: You are so right. It is amazing how much ignorance, mean-spiritedness, pettiness, and hatefulness this little story about a bright young girl could generate. To think that the human heart could be filled with love, and they choose to fill it with everything but.

    November 14, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  4. Shrikar D

    I am quite bemused by all these folks heaping scorn on Ms. Clinton for landing the NBC gig. Like any of them would be any different if they found themselves in her situation! What was she supposed to say? No? She’s taking advantage of whatever resources are at her disposal to further herself. And, that makes her a bad person? Gimme a break! If you don’t like it change the channel!

    November 14, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  5. Smarterthanyou.

    Ha, i love reading all the negative comments. If your posting on CNN, and she is being asked to contribute to NBC news, its because she is welcome and you are not. My particular favorite is the people claiming she is not smart or intelligent you are probably a OWC, 99%, or whatever the laymen cal themselves these days. Most have a million in school debt and a degree in beer and promiscuity, and wonder why you cant get a job. The only thing worse is the redneck right wingers, making hate comments on the Clinton's, mean while both the Democrat's and Republicans have never, and will never have your sorry interest in mind. Good for the Clinton's, working hard and getting things done.

    November 14, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  6. Kathy B.

    Chelsea – get your teeth whitened, and welcome to TV!

    November 14, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  7. Mark from Louisiana

    She always refused to talk with reporters, will she still have a job when no one speaks to her?

    November 14, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  8. David

    Whoever said the American dream has turned into a bithright . . . hit the nail on the head.

    November 14, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  9. BR

    STee: How do you know she can't complete a sentence? She's working on a PhD. Do you have one?

    November 14, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  10. mit

    lol. and even after that very same network completely reamed her mom in 2008

    November 14, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  11. brian in dc

    Maybe Chelsea has those billing records.

    November 14, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  12. Daveil

    A perfect example of political clout where it's not what you know but rather who you know. She's basically a 30 year old professional graduate student.

    November 14, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  13. Olaf Big

    Sour grapes, huh, folks? Sure, she would not make it to NBC at this stage in her life if her last name was not Clinton, but this has nothing to do with "birthright". TV networks show what sells, and it's you my fellow TV viewers who won't tune in to see a no-name intelligent young reporter, but will get glued to the tube to see Chelsea Clinton (or Paris Hilton for that matter). As for Chelsea, why not use a headstart if you got one?

    November 14, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  14. Democrat Party - leftist "progressive" socialist communist losers hellbent on destroying the USA

    If her name was Chelsea Glabonsky she'd still be looking for a job. She was hired because of her parents, and their influence and connections.

    November 14, 2011 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  15. Boyd Scheff

    I'm a little confused. Is this the same Chelsea Clinton who said she doesn't speak to the press and brushed off a 9-year old girl who said she was writing for her school newspaper? Nah, couldn't be, could it?

    November 14, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  16. glyder

    here we go again,another idol to worship."she's so smaaaaaaaaaart."how many of you party sheep have already said that.the media tells you what to the media kissed obamas butt and told you how smart he was,did you ever wonder what he,a lot of you didn't.

    November 14, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  17. nathan

    Goodluck to you Chel. Wow reading some of these comments I sure hope some of you dont have children. No wonder your kids hate you.

    November 14, 2011 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  18. cynthia

    while I appreciate Chelsea's great accomplishments, none have been in the field of journalism. She deserves a fair chance when applying for jobs, but in this case I believe her connections were the determining factor.

    I am afraid we are becoming more like our British counterparts. Upward mobility will soon be a thing of the past...

    November 14, 2011 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  19. Golden Girl

    barbara451 says:
    November 14, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am
    oh give me a break, please. The American Dream has turned into a birth right. If you have the right parents you can become anything. they make me sick.
    That's right – you have a problem with that? I don't know about you, but I too was born to the "right" parents. Although unknown to many, they raised to KNOW that I can be anything I want to be.....

    November 14, 2011 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  20. Irene

    Chelsea is having the last laugh on all those GOP'ers who attacked her during the Clinton administration. A mean-spirited family member named their dog after her intending to insult her. She's beautiful, educated, smart, ambitious, and ethical. Congratulations Chelsea!

    November 14, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  21. CharlieB

    Time to buy stocks in make-up, NBC is going to spend millions a week on her

    November 14, 2011 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  22. grizzly

    As always, the priveleged kids can have anything they want. Enough from the Clintons they are no model for decent people.

    November 14, 2011 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  23. MinnesotaSu

    I've always liked Chelsea and I think she'll do a great job. She's smart, articulate, poised and polished. Congrats, Chelsea.

    November 14, 2011 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  24. w l jones

    If one look closely you can almost see a intellectual halo over her head. Bless her parent for a fine young lady.

    November 14, 2011 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  25. jj

    The article didn't say whether the series is long or short-running. Fine, if Chelsea wants to do this for a while. But then she needs to take her Ph.D. and go into a profession. Then many of us would like to see a second Clinton generation go into politics, or statesmanship.

    November 14, 2011 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
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