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August 9, 1964 |
Norman, Oklahoma, U.S.
|Notable credit(s)||Dateline NBC (1998–present)
Your Total Health (2004–2007)
Today Show (2007–present)
Hoda Kotb (pron.: / /; Arabic: هدى قطب Egyptian Arabic pronunciation: [ˈhodæ ˈʔotˤb]; born August 9, 1964) is an American television news anchor and TV host known as the co-host of the fourth hour of Today with Kathie Lee Gifford. She won a Daytime Emmy in 2010 as part of The Today Show team.
Kotb was born in Norman, Oklahoma, but grew up in Morgantown, West Virginia. Her parents are from Egypt. Kotb and her family lived in Egypt for a year, as well as Nigeria. In Arabic, the name "Hoda" means "guidance", and is very popular among Arab women. The surname "Kotb" means "pole", as in North or South Pole, and is a common surname among Egyptians. For a period during her career, she spelled her surname Kotbe to aid in pronunciation; she has since reverted to using the original form, Kotb.
In 2010, she was elected to a three-year term to the Virginia Tech Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Hoda wrote a New York Times Bestselling Book, Hoda: How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair, Cancer, and Kathie Lee, which was released in hardcover in October, 2010.
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 game-changing event in her subjects’ lives and then revisiting those lives a decade later.
- 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: Dateline NBC correspondent.
- 2004–2007: Host of the weekly syndicated series Your Total Health
- 2007–present: Co-host of the fourth hour of Today with Kathie Lee Gifford.
Personal life 
In 2005, Kotb married former U.N.O. tennis coach Burzis Kanga. The marriage ended in divorce two years later.
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 announced cancer-free, her story was documented on the show.
- Kimberly Brown (2008). "'Today' show anchor to inspire young journalists at WVU May Commencement". West Virginia University. Retrieved 2009-05-01.
- She has a brother Adel and a sister Hala. Her mother Sameha ("Sami") works at the Library of Congress. MSNBC profile
- Clarification on names added to page at request of subject's mother, February 20, 2009 to correct a tabloid's erroneous statement that Kotb's birth name was Choda Kotb.
- "Tri Delta - Mythbusters". Tri Delta. Retrieved 2012-04-29.
- Greg Esposito (2008). "At Tech graduation, laughs to leave by". The Roanoke Times. Retrieved 2009-05-01.
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- "Hope From Hoda". Livingneworleans.com. 1999-02-22. Retrieved 2012-11-13.
- Hoda Kotb (2008). "Your life after cancer is better than the one before". MSNBC. Retrieved 2008-12-11.
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