Chelsea Clinton's NBC Debut On 'Rock Center' (VIDEO)

12/13/2011 06:57 am ET | Updated Feb 12, 2012

Chelsea Clinton made her debut on NBC News Monday night, filing a report from her home state of Arkansas on "Rock Center."

Clinton's sudden transformation from private citizen to special correspondent for the network has caused its fair share of controversy. On Monday, viewers got their first glimpse of the kind of story she was going to do, as she profiled Annette Dove, a woman from Pine Bluff, Ark. who runs a program for some of that city's poorest children.

Aside from the slightly surreal fact that it was Chelsea Clinton doing the work, the report was straight out of the feel-good news playbook. Afterwards, a poised Clinton sat in the "Rock Center" studio and talked with Williams about her decision to enter the public fray.

She said she had "deliberately" led a private life, but that her late grandmother had "recently been cajoling me and challenging me to do more," which is why she had decided to join NBC News.

Chelsea Clinton Around Town

Clarification: In one reference, an earlier version of this story erroneously located Pine Bluff in Alaska, rather than Arkansas.

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