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Chelsea Clinton hired by NBC News

Chelsea Clinton, the only child of former US President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary, has been roped-in by NBC News as a full-time special correspondent for the leading television network.

world Updated: Nov 14, 2011 21:47 IST

Chelsea Clinton, the only child of former US President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary, has been roped-in by NBC News as a full-time special correspondent for the leading television network.

Chelsea, 31, will work on stories that NBC expects to use as part of its "Making a Difference" series, which runs on "NBC Nightly News".

Chelsea has been a national figure since her father won the presidency in 1992, but she has remained —- first by her parents' request and then by her own choice —- largely out of the public eye.

Steve Capus, president of NBC News, said he had met with Chelsea and had a long conversation that began with a simple question. "I asked her: 'What are you interested in doing?'"

Chelsea told him, he said, that during her mother's campaign for president in 2008, she had been moved by stories of people making personal contributions.

"What we talked about was if she were to come on board that's the kind of thing she would be interested in doing. We knew she wasn't going to do the lead story. But having somebody who was going to do really captivating feature assignments for the 'Making a Difference' franchise really kind of synced up," The New York Times quoted Capus as saying.

He added, "She wants to be in the field for the shoot and in the edit room for the edit."

Though Chelsea, who was not available for comment, said in a statement: "I hope telling stories through 'Making a Difference' — as in my academic work and nonprofit 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.'"

After graduating from the private Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC, she continued her undergraduate education at Stanford University and earned master's degrees from University College, Oxford, and Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health.

Chelsea will become the second daughter of a president hired by NBC News, and the third daughter of a recent presidential candidate. Jenna Bush Hager, daughter of President George W Bush, works as a correspondent for NBC's "Today" show, and Meghan McCain, daughter of John McCain, is a contributor to MSNBC.