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Former Secretary of State Rice joins CBS News

WASHINGTON — Former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice has joined CBS News as a regular contributor.

CBS News chairman Jeff Fager and president David Rhodes said Rice ‘‘will use her insight and vast experience to explore issues facing America at home and abroad.’’

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Rice served as secretary of state during President George W. Bush’s second term. She was the first African-American woman to hold the post.

Rice was Bush’s national security adviser during his first term and worked on the National Security Council under President George H.W. Bush.

Rice appeared Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation,’’ where host Bob Schieffer announced that “she has a new job as of today.’’

Rice is expected to provide commentary for Monday’s presidential inauguration.

Since leaving office, Rice has worked as professor of political economy and political science at Stanford University. She is a founding partner of a business consulting firm, RiceHadleyGates.

Before joining the Bush administration, Rice was a professor of political science at Stanford, where she was provost from 1993 to 1999.

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