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Chelsea Clinton's debut as TV reporter gets mixed reviews

December 13, 2011 - Washington

Former US president Bill Clinton's daughter Chelsea Clinton's debut as a reporter for NBC has received mixed reviews in US media, with some saying she was nervous and lacked charisma.

Thirty-one-year-old Chelsea stepped into the limelight for the first time in a two-minute pre-recorded interview about child poverty in Arkansas.

In the news piece Clinton was seen making Mexican cornbread for children at the Topps Center in Jefferson County as well as interviewing founder Annette Dove about the 500 children and young adults they serve, The Telegraph reports.

American journalist Hank Stuever wrote in the Washington Post that Clinton "didn't electrify broadcast journalism with her debut".

"What was surprising to see on Monday night's show is how someone can be on TV in such a prominent way and, in her big moment, display so very little charisma," none at all," Stuever wrote.

"Either we're spoiled by TV's unlimited population of giant personalities or this woman is one of the most boring people of her era," he added.

Verne Gay writing for Newsday said there were positives and negatives in Clinton's performance, and that she should not be written off yet.

He wrote that she "seems like a very nice young woman" and that her voice was "pleasing and plummy, but monochromatic".

"Work out the kinks. Master the craft. Learn what it really means to be a reporter. Hopefully, in time, she will," Gay added.

Similarly, Caitlin McDevitt from Politico said that Clinton was poised and well-prepared although "a bit nervous".


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