NBC, the network of Huntley & Brinkley, John Chancellor, and Tom Brokaw, has hired Jenna Hager as a part-time correspondent on the "Today" show.
Before marrying Henry Hagar on her parents' Texas ranch in May 2008, the 27-year-old "Today" newshound was better-known as Jenna Bush, daughter of President George W. Bush, whose news media background involved getting busted as a teen for using a fake id to purchase alcohol.
Besides her "Today" correspondent duties, Hager will continue to work as a teacher in the Baltimore school system. She will not cover politics, but will report on issues such as education, according to "Today" honchos, and will work out of NBC News' Washington bureau.
Hagar initially appeared on "Today" two years ago to promote her book, "Ana's Story: A Journey of Hope," about an HIV-infected single mother. She has written two books, matching the number her father has read. Landing her first television job on "Today" in NBC News' Washington bureau is a good opportunity for Hagar were she to decide to pursue a broadcasting career in a higher-profile major tv market down the line.