In what must be a welcome change for someone so used to being in the spotlight, Chelsea Clinton has announced that she has accepted a position as a special correspondent for NBC News.


The 31-year-old will finally use the mass media machine that's documented much of her life as a means to cover the efforts of others who give their time to help fellow Americans. Clinton will start work today on the network's "Making a Difference" series, which runs on its nightly national news program.


"Chelsea is a remarkable woman who will be a great addition to NBC News," said NBC News President Steve Capus. "Given her vast experiences, it's as though Chelsea has been preparing for this opportunity her entire life. We are proud she will be bringing her considerable, unique talents and dedication to NBC News."


Besides the nightly news, Clinton will also contribute to "Rock Center With Brian Williams," with the popular anchor praising her "uncommon understanding of humanity — on city streets, across this country and around the globe."


A source close to Chelsea told the NY Times that the former first daughter plans to donate most of the money she earns from NBC "to the Clinton Foundation and the George Washington University Hospital in the name of her grandmother, who died this month."


In a statement about the new position, Clinton quoted her grandmother as the inspiration behind her new involvement. "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.'"

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Chelsea Clinton joins NBC News
Former first daughter will work as a special correspondent for the network's 'Making a Difference' series.