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Chelsea Clinton’s TV News Debut

Even though she’s been in the public eye for almost 20 years, tonight, at approximately 6:55pmET, most Americans had the chance to hear Chelsea Clinton for the first time. The daughter of a former President of the United States and a sitting Secretary of State, famous for not being famous, Clinton began her stint tonight as a special correspondent for NBC News. On the “Nightly News” set with Brian Williams, Clinton wrapped a cut-down version of a longer “Making a Difference” report that will air tonight on “Rock Center.” If you’d tuned in as the story was airing you might think a seasoned journalist was delivering the report — her questions were direct, the writing was succinct, her voice has a built-in broadcast quality (or she’s taken a crash course in Broadcast Diction 101) but the cutaways of Clinton made a difference in this report. This was not some reporter brought up from the NBC farm team in Miami or Chicago.

Clinton’s hire as a special correspondent has faced criticism from those whose life’s work is media criticism. NBC News president Steve Capus signed Clinton to a three-month contract¬†to see how this all plays out.

“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,” said Williams. “We’re so happy to have you here.”

See Clinton’s report after the jump…

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