Hoda Kotb

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Hoda Kotb
Kotb in 2010
Native name Hudā Quṭb
Born (1964-08-09) August 9, 1964 (age 54)
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.


Kotb was born in Norman, Oklahoma,[2] but grew up in Morgantown, West Virginia[3] and Alexandria, Virginia,[4] where she graduated from Fort Hunt High School in 1982. She was elected Homecoming Queen[5] and selected to speak at her graduating class' Baccalaureate service.[6]

Kotb's parents are from Egypt. Kotb and her family lived in Egypt for a year, as well as in Nigeria.[7] In Arabic, the name "Hoda" means "guidance" and is a common name 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.[8]

In 1986, Kotb graduated from Virginia Tech 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] where she 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]

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.


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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.


Personal life

In her college years at Virginia Tech, Kotb was a member of Delta Delta Delta Women's Sorority, Beta Nu Chapter.[13]

In 2005, Kotb married former University of New Orleans tennis coach Burzis Kanga.[14] 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.[15] 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.[16]


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  7. She has a brother, Adel and a sister, Hala. Her mother, Sameha ("Sami"), works at the Library of Congress. MSNBC profile
  8. 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.
  9. "Virginia Tech 2008 Commencement Address by Hoda Kotb". Retrieved May 20, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. Greg Esposito (2008). "At Tech graduation, laughs to leave by". The Roanoke Times. Retrieved May 1, 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  13. "Tri Delta - Mythbusters". Tri Delta. Retrieved April 29, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. "Hope From Hoda". Livingneworleans.com. June 2, 2006. Retrieved January 28, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. Hoda Kotb (2008). "Your life after cancer is better than the one before". MSNBC. Retrieved December 11, 2008.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  16. Webber, Stephanie. "Hoda Kotb Finally Reveals Boyfriend's Name". US Weekly. Retrieved March 23, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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