Native name: هدى قطب (Hudā Quṭb)
Born/Date of Birth: August 9, 1964 (age 54)
Place of Birth: Norman, Oklahoma, United States
Education: Virginia Tech (BA)
Years active: 1986–present
Employer: NBC News
Known for: Co-anchor of the Today show (2018–present)
Co-anchor of the fourth hour of the Today show (2008–present)
Dateline NBC correspondent (1998–present)
Spouse(s): Burzis Kanga(m. 2005; div. 2008)
Partner(s): Joel Schiffman (2013–present)
Hoda Kotb (born August 9, 1964) is an American broadcast journalist, television personality and author. She is a main co-anchor of the NBC News morning show Today and co-host of its entertainment-focused fourth hour. Kotb formerly served as a correspondent for the television news magazine program Dateline NBC.
Kotb was born in Norman, Oklahoma and grew up in Morgantown, West Virginia and Alexandria, Virginia. She lived in New Orleans throughout the 1990s. Kotb's parents are from Egypt. Kotb and her family lived in Egypt for a year, as well as in Nigeria. She has a brother, Adel and a sister, Hala. Her mother, Sameha ("Sami"), works at the Library of Congress. Her father Abdel Kader Kotb was a fossil energy specialist and was listed in the Who's Who of Technology. He died at the age of 51 in 1986.
During a 92nd Street Y interview, Kotb hinted at her Muslim roots when she recounted her memories of annual summer vacations in Egypt and her veiled cousins and how her parents' migration to the United States had spared Hoda from having to do the same:
Kotb similarly indirectly spoke about her family's Muslim background in her autobiography when she described attempts at match-making by her relatives in Egypt:
Kotb makes no mention of any Coptic ancestry in her autobiography as some online articles have incorrectly claimed.
She graduated from Fort Hunt High School in 1982. She was elected homecoming queen and selected to speak at her graduating class's baccalaureate service. In her college years at Virginia Tech, Kotb was a member of Delta Delta Delta women's sorority, Beta Nu Chapter. In 1986, Kotb graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcast journalism. Kotb was the keynote speaker at her alma mater for the 2008 Virginia Tech graduation and in her speech, played Metallica's "Enter Sandman" over her iPod. In 2010, Kotb was elected to a three-year term to the Virginia Tech Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Hoda Kotb, Monica Groves and Shayla Harris accepting the award for "Dateline NBC: The Education of Ms. Groves" at the 66th Annual Peabody Awards Luncheon
Kotb's first on-air job after college was at WXVT in Greenville, Mississippi. She was an anchor and reporter for WWL-TV in New Orleans, Louisiana, from 1992 to 1998.
Kotb was co-host on the fourth hour of the Today Show alongside Kathie Lee Gifford since 2008. She has also been a correspondent for Dateline NBC since 1998. Kotb occasionally filled in as the co-anchor of Today for Savannah Guthrie and Matt Lauer. Beginning in March 2017, Kotb was added as a third co-anchor of Today (although she would not be present for the first half-hour.)
After Lauer was dismissed following accusations of sexual misconduct, Kotb joined Guthrie as interim co-host for the first two hours of the show, and on January 2, 2018, she was named the official co-host, creating the first female duo for the show, departing from the long-time pattern of a mixed gender pair.
Kotb wrote a New York Times Bestselling autobiography, Hoda: How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair, Cancer, and Kathie Lee, which was released in hardcover in October 2010.
In 2010, Hoda Kotb won Daytime Emmy Award as part of the Today Show.
On January 15, 2013, she released her second book, Ten Years Later: Six People Who Faced Adversity and Transformed Their Lives, in which she chronicles six stories by identifying a life-changing event in each subject's life and then revisiting each of those six people a decade later.
She has also appeared in Martina McBride's music video for "I'm Gonna Love You Through It."
In 2016, Kotb released her third book, Where They Belong: The Best Decisions People Almost Never Made, which features a selection of various stories of inspiring people who "found themselves" in completely unexpected moments or unforeseen circumstances. Kotb released her fourth book, I've Loved You Since Forever, in 2018, which was adapted into a song by Kelly Clarkson.
In 2005, Kotb married former University of New Orleans tennis coach Burzis Kanga. The marriage ended in divorce in 2008.
In March 2007, Kotb underwent a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery for breast cancer and has since become an advocate for breast cancer awareness. Kotb allowed Today Show cameras to follow her throughout her cancer battle. After she was declared cancer-free, her story was documented on the show.
Kotb has been in a relationship with New York financier Joel Schiffman for six years.
On February 21, 2017, Kotb announced on the Today Show that she had adopted a baby girl named Haley Joy Kotb.
On April 16, 2019, Kotb came on the Today Show via phone to announce she had adopted a baby girl named Hope Catherine Kotb.
1986: CBS News – news assistant Cairo, Egypt
1986–1989: Morning anchor and general assignment reporter WQAD-TV, ABC Moline, Illinois; and anchor WXVT-TV, CBS Greenville and Greenwood, Mississippi
1989–1991: Weekend anchor and reporter WINK-TV Fort Myers, Florida
1992–1998: Anchor and reporter WWL-TV, CBS New Orleans, Louisiana
1998–present: NBC News
1998–present: NBC News National correspondent
1998–present: Dateline NBC contributing anchor and correspondent
2004–2008: Host of the weekly syndicated series Your Total Health
2007–present: Today 4th hour co-host (with Kathie Lee Gifford until April 2019, Jenna Bush Hager after)
2007–2017: Today substitute co-anchor
2017: Today featured co-anchor
2018–present: Today co-anchor with Savannah Guthrie
2018–present: Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade host
2009: Lipstick Jungle as Herself (1 episode)
2010: 30 Rock as Herself (1 episode)
2014: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Herself (2 episodes)
2014-2017: Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce as Herself (4 episodes)
2015: Lip Sync Battle as Herself (1 episode)
2015: Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! as Herself (movie)
2015: Donny! as Herself (2 episodes)
2016: Younger as Herself (1 episode)
2016: Brothers Take New Orleans Celebrity judge
2017: Nashville as Herself (1 episode)
2017: Sharknado 5: Global Swarming as Herself (movie)
2018: Mickey and the Roadster Racers as Miss Sweetums
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