Chelsea Clinton is leaving NBC
August 29th, 2014
12:05 PM ET
4 months ago

Chelsea Clinton is leaving NBC

Washington (CNN) - Chelsea Clinton, who joined NBC as a special correspondent in 2011, is stepping down from the news network.

Bill and Hillary Clinton's daughter announced her departure in a Facebook post, hanging the decision on her desire to continue working for the Clinton Foundation and the fact that she and her husband Marc Mezvinsky will be welcoming their first child this fall.

"I am profoundly grateful to NBC viewers who responded to the stories I shared, providing funds to help expand the reach of those programs and who encouraged their schools’ principals, their mayors and local activists to think about how to build similarly transformative programs in their own communities," Clinton wrote. "It’s been a privilege to be part of the NBC Family."

While at NBC, Clinton worked on stories for "Rock Center with Brian Williams," which was canceled in 2013, and “NBC Nightly News.”

Her stories were largely service-focused, including features on a boxing gym that offers tutoring in Detroit; a diner in Albuquerque, New Mexico that helps kids with homework and feeds them; and an education program in Pine Bluff, Arkansas that deals with hunger and education in the region.

Clinton's role with NBC was reportedly lucrative. Politico reported earlier this year that the former first daughter was paid $600,000 for the first few years of her contract with the network.

To much ballyhoo, Chelsea Clinton announced she was pregnant in April. With her mother, Hillary Clinton, considering a run at the presidency in 2016, a considerable amount of attention has focused on Chelsea Clinton's pregnancy.

On Thursday in San Francisco, Hillary Clinton was asked whether the baby would be a boy or a girl.

"I don't know because my daughter and her husband don't want to know," Clinton said. "So they have tried very hard not to find out. When they do the ultra sound I think they have their hands over their ears and their eyes.”

Clinton added: "We are going to be surprised like the old days and meet this new arrival and welcome him or her into the world."


Filed under: Chelsea Clinton • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Marty

    I'm glad the headline was leaving and not no longer working. Other than a high paying political gig it wasn't a job.

    August 29, 2014 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  2. yolanda

    Isn't it refreshing to see how much she has accomplished without taking advantage of the family name?

    August 29, 2014 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  3. it must be said

    So NBC paid her $1.8 MILLION in THREE YEARS and she did a couple of stories?!! Yeah, that sounds like a real job doesn't it?!! I guess it is just about even with Elizabeth Warren getting paid $300-400,000 a year to teach one course at Harvard. And these are the frauds and con artists that purport to represent the poor and middle class as they line their pockets at their expense. Please, enough with the lies and hypocrisy.

    August 29, 2014 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  4. just asking

    as the democrats, lefties and liberals are so into income equality these days, i am compelled to ask if nbc also paid everybody else that did the same kind of work that chelsea did, the very same $600,00 a year. so nbc, please reveal the truth. was this just a way of funneling big money to a political family your network supports and endorses or were you practicing income equality?

    August 29, 2014 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  5. aaron

    I'm sure the girl worked a bit harder than Palin than Fox, got paid less, and did not have carte blanc to lie constantly.

    August 29, 2014 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  6. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Is this political news? Or entertainment? Ms. Clinton holds (or held) what office?

    August 29, 2014 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  7. Chipster

    Wow, I give the "Meooowf" factor on these responses a 6 out of 5 stars. Have people always been so catty or is it the anonymous nature of these sites that brings out the worst in them? "When you can't say something nice...." well, who says anything nice anymore?

    August 29, 2014 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    it must be said

    So NBC paid her $1.8 MILLION in THREE YEARS and she did a couple of stories?!!
    ----------------------------------------
    Nope. I'm sure that's what you understood when you read it, but that's not what it says. Fail.

    August 29, 2014 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    " Politico reported earlier this year that the former first daughter was paid $600,000 for the first few years of her contract with the network."
    -----------------------
    Assuming "first few years" means three years, Clinton was paid $200,000 per year for her work, not $600,000 per year. Learn how to read.

    August 29, 2014 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Chipster

    Wow, I give the "Meooowf" factor on these responses a 6 out of 5 stars. Have people always been so catty or is it the anonymous nature of these sites that brings out the worst in them? "When you can't say something nice...." well, who says anything nice anymore?
    ---------------------------–
    Keep watching. Stay tuned for a spell. Witness where the vast majority of the scorn and vitriol is originating.

    August 29, 2014 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  11. R-oh

    Obama says not to put the cart before the horse regarding ISIS. Bwahahaha! Mr. President these people have shot ur horse and are burning ur wagon.

    August 29, 2014 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  12. Durannie

    So how many of you outraged over Chelsea's cushy job courtesy of her family name have the same feelings about Jenna Bush? She got the same treatment....yet I do not hear you whining about her. Yes the wealthy and powerful get opportunities that the rest of us do not.........Grow the FU

    August 29, 2014 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  13. Rick McDaniel

    She will have a cushy job with her dad, and still make a ton of money, while devoting herself to the new baby.

    August 29, 2014 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  14. Captain Awesome

    @ Rudy NYC
    According to a Politico article from June of this year, Chelsea earned $600K each year for the first two years and changed to a monthly contract in 2014. So that means that she made $1.2 million for the first 2 years and an undisclosed amount for this year. FAIL

    August 29, 2014 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    "So NBC paid her $1.8 MILLION in THREE YEARS and she did a couple of stories?!! Yeah, that sounds like a real job doesn't it?!! I guess it is just about even with Elizabeth Warren getting paid $300-400,000 a year to teach one course at Harvard. And these are the frauds and con artists that purport to represent the poor and middle class as they line their pockets at their expense"

    Right, but $20,000,000 per year for doing nothing but finding new and inventive ways to deny health care coverage is totally legit. Clinton and Warren got paid what the market would bear for their service...the price negotiated between them and their employers. At least neither of them were walking all over the sick and elderly to get it.

    August 29, 2014 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  16. I guess this makes me a left wing liberal...

    Hey, Jenna Bush has a "cushy job" at NBC too. So...

    August 29, 2014 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  17. Randy, San Francisco

    Chelsea will be busy campaigning for Hillary in 2016. Hillary and grandchild will be an instant photo stop sensation on the campaign trail.

    August 29, 2014 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  18. Ol' Yeller

    "Hey, Jenna Bush has a "cushy job" at NBC too. So..."

    And mehgan mccain at msnbc...

    Helloooooo.... I have some crow for your afternoon snack.

    Line forms on the right....

    August 29, 2014 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  19. Scottish Mama

    George Bush got paid to sit in the white house for 8 years and let Cheney run the show!

    August 29, 2014 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  20. Winston Churchill

    The women is an idiot who never earned 1% of what she wrote. 95% of the political science majors in any college could write better stories for a fraction of the price. Crony capitalism is a democratic party tenet.

    August 29, 2014 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  21. Scottish Mama

    I rearly hear of republicans giving back after the presidency, what has George done lately? Painted thats right!

    August 29, 2014 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  22. Urchin

    Stepping down? Where's the evidence she ever needed to step up to anything?

    August 29, 2014 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  23. Rudy NYC

    Captain Awesome

    @ Rudy NYC
    According to a Politico article from June of this year, Chelsea earned $600K each year for the first two years and changed to a monthly contract in 2014. So that means that she made $1.2 million for the first 2 years and an undisclosed amount for this year. FAIL
    ------------------------
    If that's the case, then the wording in the article is a failure. It makes it sound as if it were $600,000 in total.

    August 29, 2014 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  24. Fair is Fair

    Randy, San Francisco

    Chelsea will be busy campaigning for Hillary in 2016. Hillary and grandchild will be an instant photo stop sensation on the campaign trail.
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    Ummmm... it's "photo op", not "photo stop". And yeah, Hillary would probably stoop to that.

    August 29, 2014 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  25. kglnyc

    Hey Malia and Sasha, you'll be thrilled to know a sinecure media position that reports on your dad just opened up - the pay and flex hours sound amazing! Or maybe the other Bush twin? NBC no doubt has an equal opportunity policy for all its political "journalism" hires, regardless of race, gender, or political affiliation (just be very intimately affiliated if you do apply!)

    August 29, 2014 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
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