Nightly News   |  February 06, 2013

Obama nominates REI CEO for interior secretary

Sally Jewell, the CEO of outdoor gear retailer REI, was tapped by President Obama to replace outgoing Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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>>> president obama made an interesting choice for interior secretary today, nominating sally jewel to replace the outgoing ken salazar . jewel is ceo of rei, the outdoor outfitter. she hasn't worked in government but was a chemical engineer for mobile and a banker in her earlier career. she'll oversee half a million federal acres. the president said she once took a month-long hike in the mountains of antarctica. the president confessed as a native hawaiian , given the cold, something would never occur to him.