Jenna Bush Hager Becomes Member of the Press
08/30/2009 AT 04:00 PM EDT
"It wasn't something I'd always dreamed to do," said Hager, 27, a two-time author and teacher in Baltimore. "But I think one of the most important things in life is to be open-minded and to be open-minded for change."
While keeping her day job in Baltimore, Hager, who was approached by Bell about the TV job, will be contributing stories about once a month to the top-rated network morning show. Among the topics she might cover, according to the AP, is education.
"I think she can handle it," said 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."
Hager's behind-the-mic debut on Today is expected to take place in September.