Chelsea Clinton makes debut as NBC correspondent

Chelsea Clinton makes debut as NBC correspondent

Pine Bluff : AR : USA | Dec 14, 2011 at 7:50 AM PST
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Chelsea Clinton has finally come out of the shadows.

After a lifetime of staying away from the media limelight, she made her debut as a correspondent on NBC's "Making A Difference" series Monday night. The 31-year-old daughter of former U.S. President Bill Clinton and current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did her first report about a non-profit organization dedicated to poor children in Arkansas.

In her first appearance as a TV reporter, Chelsea Clinton gave viewers a close look at Annette Dove - a woman in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, who has dedicated her life to running TOPPS (Targeting Our People’s Priorities With Service).

Chelsea Clinton reported that the organization takes those kids whom others may perceive as hopeless under its wings. It is a non-profit organization and helps troubled youngsters in the poverty-stricken city of Pine Bluff by providing free tutoring, meals and guidance, she said.

Afterwards, a poised Clinton sat in the "Rock Center" studio and talked with anchor Brian Williams about her decision to come into the public sector.

"She has joined us because she wants to tell stories, just some of the stories she has encountered along the way during her life's travels," Williams said of his newest colleague.

Chelsea Clinton told Williams that upcoming NBC segments will include stories similar to Dove's - featuring people want to inspire others to come forward and help the needy in their own communities.

Chelsea Clinton also spoke about her personal life with Williams.

"For most of my life I did deliberately lead a private life and inadvertently led a public life," she said. "I've always been incredibly proud of both of my parents. And proud of the work I'd done privately as a person, professionally and academically."

Chelsea Clinton revealed that she was persuaded by her recently deceased grandmother to become more public and said, "I hope I will make her proud."

"Recently, she had been cajoling me and challenging lead more of a purposefully public life - that being Chelsea Clinton had happened to me, and that I had a responsibility to do something with that asset and opportunity."

Chelsea Clinton has joined the ranks of other political daughters who appeared as special NBC correspondents, including George W. Bush’s daughter, Jenna Bush Haggard, and John McCain’s daughter, Meghan. In addition to reporting for "Rock Center with Brian Williams", Chelsea Clinton will host PBS' live broadcast of "The Nutcracker" ballet being staged at the Lincoln Center in New York Wednesday.

Chelsea Clinton is married to investment banker Marc Mezvinsky.

Michelle Lincaster is based in Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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