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Jeff Labrecque
November 14, 2011 AT 02:00 PM EST

Chelsea Clinton will join NBC News as a full-time special correspondent assigned to uplifting stories like its “Making a Difference” series, according to the New York Times. In a statement to the paper, Clinton said, “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.’ ”

“What we talked about was if she were to come on board that’s the kind of thing she would be interested in doing,” said NBC News president Steve Capus. “We knew she wasn’t going to do the lead story. But having somebody who was going to do really captivating feature assignments for the ‘Making a Difference’ franchise really kind of synced up.”

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