Former First Daughter Jenna Bush Hager has been joined NBC’s The TODAY Show as an education correspondent.
Jenna, an elementary school teacher in Baltimore, will contribute about one story a month on issues like education to television’s top-rated morning news show, series executive producer Jim Bell announced on Sunday.
The 27-year-old daughter of former President George W. Bush has also authored two books. Bell said he got the idea after seeing Jenna in two TODAY Show appearances to promote her literary efforts. In 2007, Jenna appeared on the program to promote her book about an HIV-infected single mother, Ana’s Story: A Journey of Hope. And she and her mother, former First Lady Laura Bush, co-hosted an hour of TODAY when their picture book debuted.
“I think she can handle it,” says Bell. “I think she knows something about pressure and being under some scrutiny. When she came here for a handful of appearances [to promote her books], she knocked it out of the park.”
“It wasn’t something I’d always dreamed to do,” Jenna said in a statement Sunday. “But I think one of the most important things in life is to be open-minded and to be open-minded for change.”
Jenna will work out of NBC’s Washington bureau.