Jenna Bush Hager Joins Today as Contributor

Ex-president's daughter will report on education, not politics
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 30, 2009 11:11 PM CDT
Jenna Bush exchanges wedding vows with Henry Hager as the Rev. Kirbyjohn Caldwell presides, May 10, 2008.   (AP Photo/The White House/Shealah Craighead, file)
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(Newser) – The Today show's newest hire has extensive White House experience—she's Jenna Hager, the daughter of former President Bush and Laura Bush. The new correspondent will contribute stories about once a month on issues like education, not politics, Today executive producer Jim Bell tells the AP, adding that the unsolicited offer wasn't a quid pro quo for an interview with her father. Hager, 27, is a teacher in Baltimore.

"It wasn't something I'd always dreamed to do," she said of the new job, which she'll do out of NBC's Washington bureau while continuing to work as a reading coordinator. "I hope to focus on what I'm passionate about because I think I'd do the best job on them—education, urban education, women and children's issues and literacy." (Read more Jenna Bush stories.)