Today show executive producer Jim Bell has hired former first daughter Jenna Bush Hager as a part-time correspondent based in Washington. Bell said that he had contacted Hager after being impressed with her appearances on the program. She "just sort of popped to us as a natural presence, comfortable" on the air, Bell told the Associated Press. Hager herself sounded casual about her selection. "It wasn't something I'd always dreamed to do," she said. "But I think one of the most important things in life is to be open-minded and to be open-minded for change." She said she plans to continue working as a teacher in Baltimore.