Hoda Kotb Bio | Wiki
Hoda Kotb is an Egyptian-American television personality, broadcast journalist, and author. Currently, she serves as the main co-anchor of the NBC News morning show Today. Also, Hoda serves as a co-host of NBC’s entertainment-focused fourth hour. She formerly worked as a correspondent for Dateline NBC, the television news magazine program.
In 2002, Hoda won the Edward R. Murrow Award for her reporting. She won a Gracie Awards in 2003 and 2008. She won a Headliner Award in 2004 for Dateline NBC’s “Saving Dane – Adoptees Rage.” In 2006, Hoda won a Peabody Award for Dateline NBC’s “The Education of Ms. Groves,” and an additional Headliner Award in 2007. She as well won Alfred I. DuPont–Columbia University Award in 2008.
In 2010, 2011, and 2012, she won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Morning Program as part of the Today morning host lineup, Today. Hoda won a Webby Award for Online Film & Video – Public Service & Activism for her music video, “Truly Brave,” in 2015. She created the video in collaboration with Sara Bareilles and Cyndi Lauper. The aim of the video was to raise awareness for pediatric cancer.
In the same years, Hoda won an additional Gracie Award for Outstanding Host in News/Non-fiction. In 2016, she won a Gracie Award for Outstanding Host in Entertainment/Information due to her SiriusXM show. Additionally, she was included in Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2018. In 2019, she and Gifford won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host during their time as co-hosts.
Hoda Kotb Age
Hoda was born on August 9, 1964, in Norman, Oklahoma, United States of America. She is 57 years old.
Hoda Kotb Height
She is a woman of above-average stature. Hoda stands at a height of 5 ft 9 in ( Approx 1.75m).
Hoda Kotb Parents | Family
She was born in Norman, Oklahoma but grew up in Morgantown, West Virginia, and Alexandria, Virginia. She spent her 1990s years in New Orleans. Her parents are Egyptians. She and her family lived in Egypt for a year. Part of their lives was spent in Nigeria as well. Hoda grew up along with her brother, Adel, and her sister Hala.
Hoda Kotb Father
Her mother, Sameha (“Sami”), served at the Library of Congress while her father Abdel Kader Kotb served as a fossil energy specialist. Abdel was listed in the Who’s Who of Technology. However, he died in 1986 at the age of 51.
Hoda Kotb Husband
She married Burzis Kanga, former University of New Orleans tennis coach. The couple exchanged their wedding vows in 2005. However, their union ended up in divorce four years later ( in 2008). In 2013, Hoda entered into a romantic relationship with New York financier Joel Schiffman. The two were engaged to each other on November 25, 2019, and Hoda announced it live on Today Show
Hoda Kotb Kids | Children
On February 21, 2017, she announced on Today that she had adopted a baby girl called Haley Joy Kotb. On April 16, 2019, Hoda made another announcement on Today through a phone that she had adopted her second baby girl called Hope Catherine Kotb.
Hoda Kotb Education
She went to Fort Hunt High School and finished her high school education in 1982. Hoda was elected as the homecoming queen to speak at her graduating class’s baccalaureate service. She later joined Virginia Tech, and while there, she became a very active member of Delta Delta Delta women’s sorority, Beta Nu Chapter.
In 1986, Hoda graduated from college earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcast journalism. At her alma mater for the 2008 Virginia Tech graduation, Hoda was the keynote speaker. In 2010, she was elected to serve a three-year term on the Virginia Tech Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Hoda Kotb NBC News
She officially became part of the NBC News in April 1998. Hoda joined the channel as their correspondent for Dateline NBC and all NBC News platforms. She became the first host of Today’s first fourth-hour weekday morning broadcast at 10:00 a.m. The show aired for the first time in September 2007. Later, Hoda was joined by Kathie Lee Gifford in April 2008 as a co-host.
However, Gifford was succeeded later by Jenna Bush Hager in April 2019. On February 23, 2015, Hoda started hosting a live, one-hour show twice a week on Sirius XM’s Today channel. During the show, she discussed casual, water cooler topics. On January 2, 2018, Hoda became the co-anchor of Today with Savannah Guthrie following the termination of former Today show anchor, Matt Lauer.
Matt was fired following accusations of sexual misconduct. Before the announcement was made. Hoda had been interim co-anchor with Guthrie after Lauer’s termination on November 29, 2017. Hoda and Guthrie, together made up the show’s first female anchor duo to lead the show.
Hoda’s other colleagues at NBC include;
Jean Chatzky– financial editor
Ben Aaron-tv personality
Hoda Kotb Breast Cancer
In 2008, a year prior to her divorce from her ex-husband Burzis Kanga, Hoda underwent a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery for breast cancer in March 2007. Since then, she has become an advocate for breast cancer awareness. The Today cameras follow her throughout her cancer battle. Since she was declared cancer-free, Hoda has continued to document and also use the story on the show to raise awareness for breast cancer.
Hoda Kotb Book
Her newest book titled I Really Needed This Today: Words to Live By was published on October 15, 2019. The book goes for $9.99.
Hoda Kotb Salary
She earns a lot from her job s the main co-anchor of the NBC News morning show Today. Hoda has an average salary of $72,621 per year.
Hoda Kotb Net Worth
She has accumulated a lot of wealth from her career and her books as well. Hoda has an estimated net worth of $1,784,137.
Is Hoda Kotb Married
Hoda married the love of her life called Burzis Kanga, a former University of New Orleans tennis coach. The couple exchanged their wedding vows in 2005. However, they divorced in 2008. Hoda started dating New York financier Joel Schiffman in 2013 and they were engaged on November 25, 2019.
What Is Hoda Kotb Religion
She is a Muslim. During a 92nd Street Y interview, Hoda hinted at her Muslim roots when she recounted her memories of annual summer vacations in Egypt and her veiled cousins. She also recalled how her own parents migrated to the United States sparing her from having to do the same.
How Old Is Hoda Kotb
She is a 57-year-old American journalist and author who was born on August 9, 1964, in Norman, Oklahoma, United States.