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Jenna Bush joins "Today"
I guess I should add a "!" to that headline.
She now goes by Jenna Bush Hager, her married name, and the job - contributing correspondent - begins Sept. 14.
Here's the statement from Jim Bell, the executive producer of "T":
"Jenna is a terrific addition to the 'Today' team. In previous appearances, she displayed a natural ability to communicate and connect. She has great passion about important subjects, especially education and literacy, and we look forward to having her bring her unique perspective to 'Today.'"She'll be based in DC, and cover human interest stories, per "Today." Bush Hager was an elementary school teacher, briefly I believe, while her father was in the White House, before she joined UNICEF, got married, wrote a few books, and now...this.
If I may, let me parse this a little bit because I'm sure some readers think that the Bush Twin is about to hold forth with Ann Curry every morning, or chat with Matt 'n Mere. In fact, "T" has had many contributing correspondents over the years, and the term effectively means that the job is not fulltime. The great Mike Leonard, for example, has been a "T" contributing correspondent for years, and all that means is that he contributes a weekly story to the show. These jobs can morph into fulltime gigs, but as a rule a "contributor" is less visible than fulltime staffers like Jill Rappaport or Peter Greenberg.
But still...a real job. And highly unusual too, wouldn't you say?