Hoda Kotb

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Hoda Kotb
Hoda Kotb.jpg
Kotb in 2010
Native name Hudā Quṭb
Born (1964-08-09) August 9, 1964 (age 51)
Norman, Oklahoma, U.S.
Alma mater Virginia Tech
Occupation TV personality
Years active 1986–present
Employer NBC News
Known for Today Show Entertainment correspondent (2008–present); Dateline NBC correspondent (1998–present)
Spouse(s) Burzis Kanga (m. 2005; div. 2007)
Partner(s) Joel Schiffman
Parent(s) A.K. Kotb (father)
Sameha Kotb (mother)

Hoda Kotb (/ˈhdə ˈkɒtb/ HOH-de KOT-bee;[1] Arabic: هدى قطب‎ Hudā Quṭb Egyptian Arabic pronunciation: [ˈhodæ ˈʔotˤb]), born August 9, 1964,[2] is an American television news anchor and TV host known as the co-host of NBC's Today Show's fourth hour with Kathie Lee Gifford. An Egyptian American, she won a Daytime Emmy Award in 2010 as part of the Today Show team. Kotb is also a correspondent for Dateline NBC.

Early life[edit]

Kotb was born in Norman, Oklahoma,[2] and grew up in Morgantown, West Virginia[3] and Alexandria, Virginia,[4] Kotb's parents are from Egypt. Kotb and her family lived in Egypt for a year, as well as in Nigeria.[5]

She graduated from Fort Hunt High School in 1982. She was elected Homecoming Queen[6] and selected to speak at her graduating class' Baccalaureate service.[7] In her college years at Virginia Tech, Kotb was a member of Delta Delta Delta Women's Sorority, Beta Nu Chapter.[8] In 1986, Kotb graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcast journalism.[3] Kotb was the keynote speaker at her alma mater for the 2008 Virginia Tech graduation,[9] and in her speech, played Metallica's "Enter Sandman" over her iPod.[10] In 2010, Kotb was elected to a three-year term to the Virginia Tech Alumni Association Board of Directors.[11]


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 appears on the fourth hour of the Today Show, co-hosting with Kathie Lee Gifford. She has also been a correspondent for Dateline NBC since 1998. Kotb occasionally fills in as the co-anchor of Today for Savannah Guthrie.

Kotb wrote a New York Times Bestselling book, Hoda: How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair, Cancer, and Kathie Lee,[12] 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 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.

Personal life[edit]

In 2005, Kotb married former University of New Orleans tennis coach Burzis Kanga.[13] 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.[14] 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.

In January 2015, Kotb said she has been in a relationship with New York financier Joel Schiffman for two years.[15]



  1. ^ "Hoda Kotb tried 'Kotbe' ... to get ahead?". Today.com. February 20, 2012. Retrieved December 26, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Hoda Kotb". TVGuide.com. Retrieved August 10, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Kimberly Brown (2008). "'Today' show anchor to inspire young journalists at WVU May Commencement". West Virginia University. Retrieved May 1, 2009. 
  4. ^ Diane Clehane (2009). "Hoda Kotb interview". Retrieved August 7, 2014. 
  5. ^ She has a brother, Adel and a sister, Hala. Her mother, Sameha ("Sami"), works at the Library of Congress. MSNBC profile
  6. ^ "Hoda Kotb Biography - Starpulse.com". starpulse.com. Retrieved September 2, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Image: 1982baccprogram.jpg, (1471 × 1600 px)". 2.bp.blogspot.com. Retrieved September 2, 2015. 
  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. ^ "Virginia Tech Alumni Association Board of Directors". Archived from the original on July 20, 2011. 
  12. ^ "How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair, Cancer, and Kathie Lee". Simon and Schuster. 
  13. ^ "Hope From Hoda". Livingneworleans.com. June 2, 2006. Retrieved January 28, 2014. 
  14. ^ Hoda Kotb (2008). "Your life after cancer is better than the one before". MSNBC. Retrieved December 11, 2008. 
  15. ^ Webber, Stephanie. "Hoda Kotb Finally Reveals Boyfriend's Name". US Weekly. Retrieved March 23, 2015. 

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