Chelsea Clinton Leaves NBC

Chelsea ClintonAfter three years of reporting feel-good stories, former first daughter Chelsea Clinton is leaving NBC News to focus on being a parent and her work for her family’s Clinton Foundation.

In a note posted to her Facebook page Friday morning, the 34-year-old expectant first-time mom was thankful for the chance to talk about “ordinary people doing extraordinary things.”

“I am grateful NBC gave me the opportunity to continue this important legacy,” she wrote. “To continue focusing on my work at the Clinton Foundation and as Marc [Mezvinsky, her husband] and I look forward to welcoming our first child, I have decided to leave my position as a NBC Special Correspondent.”

Clinton’s stories fell under the “Making a Difference” reporting umbrella within the network’s news division. Her reports appeared across programs, including Today and NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams. Her last segment — about actor Jeff Bridges’s work to end childhood hunger — aired earlier this month.

In her note, she cited three stories she was particularly proud of having told.

“At NBC, I’ve had the opportunity to share the work of people like Carlos ‘Coach Khali’ Sweeney, whose Downtown Boxing Gym offers kids on the east side of Detroit a lifeline through academic tutoring and boxing instruction,” Clinton wrote.

Clinton then acknowledged “Principal Peggy Candelaria, whose Homework Diner in Albuquerque helps kids with their homework and also feeds those same kids and their families, fostering a renewed sense of community, a program that now serves as a model across Albuquerque and beyond. I also spent time with Annette Dove whose TOPPS program in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, continues to fill the hunger, education, and safety gaps for kids of all ages in her community. I will always be inspired by their and others’ collective passion, courage, ingenuity, and perseverance.”

TOPPS reportedly raised $300,000 as a result of Clinton’s report.

Clinton faced a degree of criticism when she began at NBC News, due to both her lack of journalistic experience and a reported $600,000 salary for working part-time hours. Since January, she’s been operating with a month-to-month contract, as opposed to an annual one.

She certainly didn’t burn any bridges on her way out, leaving open the idea of returning to the network someday. “While my role with NBC News may be coming to an end, I look forward to working with the NBC family well into the future,” she wrote.

Clinton married investment banker Marc Mezvinsky, the son of former Democratic congressman Ed Mezvinsky, in 2010. She announced her pregnancy at the “Girls: A No Ceilings Conversation” event in New York City in April.

“One more thing to say very quickly,” she told the conference crowd. “Mark and I are very excited that we have our first child arriving later this year. I certainly feel all the better whether it’s a girl or a boy that they’ll grow up in a world with so many strong female leaders… I just hope that I’ll be as good to my child as my mom was to me.”

“I’m expecting a grandchild which I’m very excited about,” Hillary Clinton replied. “We’re very excited about what’s happening in our family, but we’re also very excited about what we’re doing.”

And Chelsea’s father couldn’t contain his excitement, tweeting out:

Excited to add a new line to my Twitter bio…grandfather-to-be! @hillaryclinton and I are so happy for Chelsea and Marc!
— Bill Clinton (@billclinton) April 17, 2014

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