Chelsea Clinton Paid $600K for work as NBC News ‘Special Correspondent’

Chelsea Clinton

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Chelsea Clinton was paid an annual salary of $600K by NBC for her work as a "special correspondent," Politico reports.

Clinton, who joined NBC News as a "special correspondent" in November 2011, was up for renewal or non-renewal this year. Instead, the sources said, the network decided to keep her on the payroll on a month-to-month basis so that the two parties could sever ties if Clinton’s mother, Hillary, runs for president. […]

As special correspondent, Clinton worked on service-related feature assignments for NBC’s "Rock Center with Brian Williams" until the show’s cancellation in June 2013. Clinton has since worked on packages for NBC Nightly News.

In that time, Clinton’s principal occupation has been the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, where she has been a major force in steering her parents’ charitable work in the final years of her mother’s tenure at the State Department, and since then. This April, she announced that she was pregnant. Clinton is due to deliver her first child in the fall, and it’s unclear if she would resume work with NBC after that.

When Clinton joined NBC, many media critics chafed at the network’s decision to employ a former first daughter with no experience in journalism. The New York Post referred to Clinton as "just another spoiled, aimless child of rich, successful parents chauffeured through adulthood by Mommy and Daddy’s connections."

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