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NBC hires Chelsea Clinton; former first daughter joins Jenna Bush, Meghan McCain at network

Dylan Stableford, Yahoo News
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Chelsea Clinton will be working on-air for NBC News, the network announced on Monday. The former first daughter will be a "special correspondent" for NBC "Nightly News" and its new primetime newsmagazine, "Rock Center With Brian Williams"--essentially working on stories that fit within NBC's "Making a Difference" franchise, the network said.

In a statement, NBC News president Steve Capus called Chelsea a "remarkable woman" and a "great addition" to the network. "Given her vast experiences, it's as though Chelsea has been preparing for this opportunity her entire life," Capus said. Williams said Clinton "possesses an uncommon understanding of humanity--on city streets, across this country and around the globe."

In a statement of her own, Clinton said, "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 will be joining another former first daughter at NBC. Jenna Bush Hager, the daughter of George W. Bush, has been a "Today" show correspondent since 2009. Earlier this month, Meghan McCain, daughter of John, was named as a contributor to MSNBC.

Capus dismissed the notion that the hires of Clinton, Bush and McCain are little more than publicity stunts.

Chelsea Clinton "made it very clear that this is not going to be a surface-deep relationship," Capus told the New York Times. "She wants to be in the field for the shoot and in the edit room for the edit."

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