Thursday, Oct 02, 2014

Chelsea Clinton quits TV journalist job to focus on family

chelsa-m An alumnus of Stanford, Oxford and Columbia Universities, Chelsea has worked at financial giants like McKinsey. (Source: Reuters)
Press Trust of India | New York | Posted: August 30, 2014 2:21 pm | Updated: August 30, 2014 2:40 pm

Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former US president Bill Clinton, has decided to quit her job as a TV journalist to focus on her family’s charity foundation and to prepare for the arrival of her first child.

In a message on her Facebook page, the former first daughter said she has respected NBC’s commitment to telling the stories of “ordinary people doing extraordinary things”  and that it has been a “privilege” for her to work at the network.

“To continue focusing on my work at the Clinton Foundation and as Marc and I look forward to welcoming our first child, I have decided to leave my position as a NBC Special Correspondent,” she said.

She and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, are expecting their first child.

Chelsea, 34, became the second daughter of a president to work as a journalist for NBC when she joined the network in 2011.

Daughter of President George Bush, Jenna Bush Hager worked as a correspondent for NBC’s “Today” show while Meghan McCain, daughter of presidential candidate John McCain is a contributor for MSNBC.

The move comes even as it is being widely speculated that her mother former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is mulling a presidential bid in 2016.

Chelsea said while her role with NBC News is ending, she looks forward to working with the NBC family “well into the future.”

She said she will “always be inspired” by the passion,  courage and perseverance of the stories of those helping others in need.

“I am profoundly grateful to NBC viewers who responded to  the stories I shared, providing funds to help expand the reach of those programmes and who encouraged their schools’ principals, their mayors and local activists to think about how to build similarly transformative programmes in their own communities,” she said.

At NBC, Chelsea worked with ‘Rock Center with Brian Williams’ and ‘NBC Nightly News’ as a Special Correspondent.

She worked on the network’s ‘Making a Difference’ franchise that profiles organizations and individuals who “represent the best of what works in the United States and around the world, frequently emphasizing stories about everyday people doing extraordinary things.”

An alumnus of Stanford, Oxford and Columbia  Universities, Chelsea has worked at financial giants like  McKinsey.

She is the Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation, where her work emphasizes improving global and domestic health, creating service opportunities and empowering the next  generation of leaders.

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