December 12, 2011 8:32pm PT by Rebecca Ford
Chelsea Clinton Makes Debut as NBC News Correspondent (Video)
Chelsea Clinton’s debut on NBC as a news correspondent finally arrived on Dec. 12. The daughter of former President Bill Clinton and current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton first appeared on the Nightly News set with Brian Williams to teaser her segment which would show in full on Rock Center With Brian Williams that night.
Clinton, 31, presents the “Making a Difference” segment about a non-profit in her hometown of Arkansas. Clinton seemed calm and confident as she faced the camera to introduce the segment. “Thank you Brian, I’m very happy to be here. We met an extraordinary woman who’s been lifting up the lives of hundreds of kids in Arkansas. Her words and her work are a true inspiration,” says Clinton.
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In the segment, Clinton visits with the woman who runs a non-profit in Arkansas, asking her direct questions and learning more about her life. After the segment, which also features strong voice-over work by Clinton, Clinton and Williams talked more about the feature.
“It helps to tell their stories which I know is why you’re here, and we have months yet to talk about all kinds of things,” Williams says to Clinton.
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Clinton was hired on as a special correspondent for NBC in November. The hire was criticized by some as a publicity stunt. Clinton is not the only daughter of a politician to be recently hired on to cover the news. George W. Bush's daughter Jenna Bush Hager is a correspondent for the Today show, while Meghan McCain, the daughter of Arizona Senator and former presidential candidate John McCain, reports for MSNBC.
Watch Clinton on Nightly News below: