Archive for Monday, August 31, 2009

Bush daughter Jenna Hager becomes ‘Today’ reporter

August 31, 2009


— NBC’s “Today” show has hired someone with White House experience as a new correspondent — former first daughter Jenna Hager.

The daughter of former President George W. Bush will contribute stories about once a month on issues like education to television’s top-rated morning news show, said Jim Bell, its executive producer.

Hager, a 27-year-old teacher in Baltimore, said she has always wanted to be a teacher and a writer, and has already authored two books. But she was intrigued by the idea of getting into television when Bell contacted her.

“It wasn’t something I’d always dreamed to do,” she said. “But I think one of the most important things in life is to be open-minded and to be open-minded for change.”

She’ll essentially work two part-time jobs as a correspondent and in her school, where she will be a reading coordinator this year.

Bell said he got the idea after seeing Hager in two “Today” appearances. She was on the program two years ago to promote her book about an HIV-infected single mother, “Ana’s Story: A Journey of Hope,” and it went so well that a short interview was stretched to nearly a half hour. She and her mother, Laura Bush, also co-hosted an hour of “Today” around the time their picture book came out.

She “just sort of popped to us as a natural presence, comfortable” on the air, Bell said. Hager will work out of NBC’s Washington bureau.


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 8 months ago

She may have talent, but it's primarily the celebrity factor that comes from having a father and a grandfather who are ex-presidents that's driving this job opportunity.

Or is it just the "liberal" media looking to become even more liberal?

jimmyjms 8 years, 8 months ago

"Minorities on the right have a tough time in politics since the left will spend whatever energy and $$ it takes to trash them."

Indeed! Just think what Alan Keyes could have accomplished by now if it weren't for those damn libs!

KansasVoter 8 years, 8 months ago

NBC is just as right wing as Fox, they just throw on a few token liberals to appear to have balance.

Scott Drummond 8 years, 8 months ago

Yet another example of stunning "liberal media bias."

Shameful and naked payback of the bush crime family for their dutiful service of their corporate masters

Kontum1972 8 years, 8 months ago

well she does like to party....those poor SS agents who got assigned to them were pulling their short hair out...LoL!

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