Hoda Kotb

Native name هدى قطب (Hudā Quṭb)
Born August 9, 1964
Norman, Oklahoma, United States
Nationality Egyptian American
Alma mater Virginia Tech
Occupation Television journalist
Years active 1986–present
Employer NBC News
Known for Today Show co-anchor (2018-present)

Hoda Kotb (/ˈhoʊdə ˈkɒtbiː/ HOH-də KOT-bee; Arabic: هدى قطب‎ Hudā Quṭb Egyptian Arabic pronunciation: [ˈhodæ ˈʔotˤb], born August 9, 1964) is an American television news anchor and TV host who is the co-anchor of NBC’s Today Show. 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 and grew up in Morgantown, West Virginia and Alexandria, Virginia. She lived in New Orleans, Louisiana 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. In her biography, Kotb mentions that she is of Coptic ancestry, from both Lower and Upper Egypt, and details her family’s experience in Egypt and as immigrants to the United States.

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.

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 wasn’t 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 book, 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.

Personal life

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.

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

On February 21, 2017, Kotb announced on the Today Show that she had adopted a baby girl named Haley Joy 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 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
2007–2017: Today substitute co-anchor
2016: Brothers Take New Orleans Celebrity judge
2017: Mickey and the Roadster Racers as Miss Sweetums
2018-present: Today co-anchor

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