Hoda Kotb

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Hoda Kotb
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Born (1964-08-09) August 9, 1964 (age 50)
Norman, Oklahoma, United States
Occupation Journalist; TV host
Employer NBC News
Known for Today Show host and correspondent (2008—present); Dateline NBC correspondent (1998—present)
Parents A.K. Kotb (Father)
Sameha Kotb (Mother)

Hoda Kotb (/ˈhdə ˈkɒtb/;[1] Arabic: هدى قطب‎ Hudā Quṭb Egyptian Arabic pronunciation: [ˈhodæ ˈʔotˤb]; HOH-de KOT-bee born August 9, 1964) is an Egyptian-American television news anchor and TV host known as the co-host of the Today Show's fourth hour with Kathie Lee Gifford. She won a Daytime Emmy Award in 2010 as part of The Today Show team. She is also a correspondent for NBC's Dateline NBC.

Life[edit]

Kotb was born in Norman, Oklahoma, but grew up in Morgantown, West Virginia[2] and Alexandria, Virginia,[3] where she graduated from Fort Hunt High School in 1982. She was elected Homecoming Queen[4] and selected to speak at her graduating class' Baccalaureate service.[5]

Her parents are from Egypt. Kotb and her family lived in Egypt for a year, as well as in Nigeria.[6] In Arabic, the name "Hoda" means "guidance", and is very popular among Arab women. The surname "Kotb" (Qutb) 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. Kotb's father is deceased, and, as of 2014, her mother works at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C..[7]

In 1986, she graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcast journalism.[2] She is a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority.[8]

She was the keynote speaker at her alma mater for the 2008 Virginia Tech graduation,[9] where she played Metallica's "Enter Sandman" over her iPod.[10]

In 2010, she was elected to a three-year term to the Virginia Tech Alumni Association Board of Directors.[11]

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.

Career[edit]

Kotb appears on the fourth hour of the Today Show. She co-hosts along with Kathie Lee Gifford. She has also been a correspondent for Dateline NBC since 1998. Before the creation of Today's Fourth Hour, Kotb occasionally substituted as the co-anchor of Today, first for Katie Couric, then Meredith Vieira, and finally Ann Curry.

Appearances[edit]

Personal life[edit]

In her college years at Virginia Tech, Kotb was a member of Delta Delta Delta Women's Sorority, Beta Nu Chapter.

In 2005, Kotb married former University of New Orleans tennis coach Burzis Kanga.[12] 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.[13] 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hoda Kotb tried 'Kotbe' ... to get ahead?". Today.com. 20 February 2012. Retrieved 26 December 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Kimberly Brown (2008). "'Today' show anchor to inspire young journalists at WVU May Commencement". West Virginia University. Retrieved May 1, 2009. 
  3. ^ Diane Clehane (2009). "Hoda Kotb interview". Retrieved Aug 7, 2014. 
  4. ^ http://www.starpulse.com/Actresses/Kotb,_Hoda/Biography/
  5. ^ http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-uWcL3m6LEVA/UrdI_om4OWI/AAAAAAAAAVA/NVHxYIcHRNI/s1600/1982baccprogram.jpg
  6. ^ She has a brother Adel and a sister Hala. Her mother Sameha ("Sami") works at the Library of Congress. MSNBC profile
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ "Tri Delta - Mythbusters". Tri Delta. Retrieved April 29, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Virginia Tech 2008 Commencement Address by Hoda Kotb". Retrieved May 20, 2013. 
  10. ^ Greg Esposito (2008). "At Tech graduation, laughs to leave by". The Roanoke Times. Retrieved May 1, 2009. 
  11. ^ [1][dead link]
  12. ^ "Hope From Hoda". Livingneworleans.com. June 2, 2006. Retrieved January 28, 2014. 
  13. ^ Hoda Kotb (2008). "Your life after cancer is better than the one before". MSNBC. Retrieved December 11, 2008. 

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