Hoda Kotb (/
Kotb in 2010
هدى قطب (Hudā Quṭb)
|Born||August 9, 1964|
Norman, Oklahoma, United States
|Alma mater||Virginia Tech (BA)|
|Known for||Co-anchor of the Today show (2018–present) |
Co-anchor of the fourth hour of the Today show (2008–present)
Dateline NBC correspondent (1998–present)
(m. 2005; div. 2008)
|Partner(s)||Joel Schiffman (2013–present)|
Kotb was born in Norman, Oklahoma and grew up in Morgantown, West Virginia and Alexandria, Virginia. She lived in New Orleans 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. Her father Abdel Kader Kotb was a fossil energy specialist and was listed in the Who's Who of Technology. He died at the age of 51 in 1986.
During a 92nd Street Y interview, Kotb hinted at her Muslim roots when she recounted her memories of annual summer vacations in Egypt and her veiled cousins and how her parents' migration to the United States had spared Hoda from having to do the same:
We met our cousins who looked just like us. Some of them had the head cover on. I still remember going, 'Oh, my God. Like that could have been me.' You don't realize the gift your parents give you when you leave.
Kotb similarly indirectly spoke about her family's Muslim background in her autobiography when she described attempts at match-making by her relatives in Egypt:
During my visit, I'd be sitting on the couch and there'd come a knock-knock at the door. 'Hoda, someone's at the door for yooooouuuu ... ' Oh, Lord. 'This is Mohammed. He's from Cairo. He's studying engineering ... and he has a Mercedes.' Really? He also has on a long white man dress. Okay, call it a dishdash.
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 would not be 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.
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.
In 2016, Kotb released her third book, Where They Belong: The Best Decisions People Almost Never Made, which features a selection of various stories of inspiring people who "found themselves" in completely unexpected moments or unforeseen circumstances. Kotb released her fourth book, I've Loved You Since Forever, in 2018, which was adapted into a song by Kelly Clarkson.
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.
Kotb has been in a relationship with New York financier Joel Schiffman for six years.
On February 21, 2017, Kotb announced on the Today Show that she had adopted a baby girl named Haley Joy Kotb.
On April 16, 2019, Kotb came on the Today Show via phone to announce she had adopted a baby girl named Hope Catherine 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
- 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 until April 2019, Jenna Bush Hager after)
- 2007–2017: Today substitute co-anchor
- 2017: Today featured co-anchor
- 2018–present: Today co-anchor with Savannah Guthrie
- 2018–present: Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade host
- 2009: Lipstick Jungle as Herself (1 episode)
- 2010: 30 Rock as Herself (1 episode)
- 2014: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Herself (2 episodes)
- 2014-2017: Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce as Herself (4 episodes)
- 2015: Lip Sync Battle as Herself (1 episode)
- 2015: Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! as Herself (movie)
- 2015: Donny! as Herself (2 episodes)
- 2016: Younger as Herself (1 episode)
- 2016: Brothers Take New Orleans Celebrity judge
- 2017: Nashville as Herself (1 episode)
- 2017: Sharknado 5: Global Swarming as Herself (movie)
- 2018: Mickey and the Roadster Racers as Miss Sweetums
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- Who's Who in Technology, Volume 2. 1982. NJ: Technology Recognition Corporation. 1982.
- Who's Who in Technology, Volume 4. 1986. NJ: Research Publications. 1986. ISBN 0892351101.
- Kotb, Hoda (October 2010). Hoda: How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair, Cancer, and Kathie Lee. Simon & Schuster. p. 23. ISBN 978-1-4391-8948-1.
- "Hoda Kotb on Ten Years Later". March 17, 2014.
- Kotb, Hoda (October 2010). Hoda: How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair, Cancer, and Kathie Lee. Simon & Schuster. p. 17. ISBN 978-1-4391-8948-1.
- "Arab American Hoda Kotb to Replace Matt Lauer as 'Today' Co-Anchor". Arab America. January 2, 2018. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
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- "Virginia Tech 2008 Commencement Address by Hoda Kotb". Retrieved May 20, 2013.
- Greg Esposito (2008). "At Tech graduation, laughs to leave by". The Roanoke Times. Archived from the original on September 8, 2012. Retrieved May 1, 2009.
- "Virginia Tech Alumni Association Board of Directors". Archived from the original on July 20, 2011.
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- "How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair, Cancer, and Kathie Lee". Simon and Schuster.
- Braca, Nina (March 8, 2018). "Kelly Clarkson Turns Children's Book 'I've Loved You Since Forever' Into a Heartwarming Lullaby Watch Kelly Clarkson Turn a Children's Book Into a Heartwarming Lullaby". Billboard. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
- "Hope From Hoda". Livingneworleans.com. June 2, 2006. Retrieved January 28, 2014.
- Hoda: How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair, Cancer, and Kathie Lee
- Hoda Kotb (2008). "Your life after cancer is better than the one before". MSNBC. Retrieved December 11, 2008.
- "Sign her up: Find out how Hoda Kotb met her 'gentleman' boyfriend". TODAY.com. Retrieved April 16, 2019.
- Melas, Chloe. "'Today' anchor Hoda Kotb adopts baby girl". CNN. Retrieved March 14, 2017.
- CNN, Lisa Respers France. "Hoda Kotb welcomes another daughter". CNN. Retrieved April 16, 2019.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Hoda Kotb.|
- Official MSNBC bio
- Hoda Kotb on IMDb
- Chambers, David (March/April 2006). "Calling Helen Thomas". Saudi Aramco World. Volume 57, Number 2
- Appearances on C-SPAN
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