Hoda Kotb

TV Show Host

Hoda Kotb was born on August 9th, 1964 in Norman, Oklahoma, United States and is the TV Show Host from United States. Discover Hoda Kotb's biography, age, height, physical stats, dating/affair, family, hobbies, education, career updates, and networth at the age of 58 years old.

Other Names / Nick Names
Date of Birth
August 9, 1964
United States
Place of Birth
Norman, Oklahoma, United States
58 years old
Zodiac Sign
$12 Million
$8 Million
Social Media
Hoda Kotb Height, Weight, Eye Color and Hair Color

At 58 years old, Hoda Kotb has this physical status:

Hair Color
Light Brown
Eye Color
Dark Brown
38-30-38" or 96.5-76-96.5 cm
Hoda Kotb Religion, Education, and Hobbies
Not Available
Fort Hunt High School, Virginia Tech
Hoda Kotb Spouse(s), Children, Affair, Parents, and Family
Burzis Kanga, ​ ​(m. 2005; div. 2008)​
Dating / Affair
Burzis Kanga (2005-2007), Joel Schiffman (June 2013-Present)
K. Kotb, Sameha Kotb
Adel (Brother), Hala (Sister)
About Hoda Kotb

Hoda Kotb (born August 9, 1964) is an American broadcast journalist, television personality, and author.

She is a main co-anchor of the NBC News morning show Today and co-host of its entertainment-focused fourth hour.

Kotb formerly served as a correspondent for the television news magazine program Dateline NBC.

Early life

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"), worked 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 her from having to do the same:

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:

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's first on-air job after college was at then-CBS affiliate WXVT in Greenville, Mississippi. Kotb then moved to ABC affiliate WQAD in Moline, Illinois as a reporter from 1988 to 1989. She became a weekend anchor and reporter at CBS affiliate WINK in Fort Myers, Florida from 1989 to 1991. From 1992 to 1998, Kotb was an anchor and reporter for CBS affiliate WWL in New Orleans, Louisiana.

In 2011, Martina McBride asked Kotb to be featured in her music video for "I'm Gonna Love You Through It," a ballad dedicated to cancer survivors.

Kotb officially joined NBC News in April 1998 as a correspondent for Dateline NBC and all NBC News platforms.

She was the first host of Today's first fourth-hour weekday morning broadcast at 10:00 a.m. in September 2007 and was joined by Kathie Lee Gifford as a co-host in April 2008. Gifford was later succeeded by Jenna Bush Hager in April 2019, following Gifford's departure from the show.

On February 23, 2015, Kotb began hosting a live, one-hour show twice a week on Sirius XM's Today channel, discussing casual, water cooler topics.

On January 2, 2018, Kotb was named co-anchor of Today with Savannah Guthrie after anchor Matt Lauer was terminated by NBC News following accusations of sexual misconduct. She and Guthrie had been interim co-anchors since Lauer's termination on November 29, 2017. They make up the first female anchor duo to lead the show.

In October 2010, Kotb released a New York Times bestselling autobiography, Hoda: How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair, Cancer, and Kathie Lee.

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.

In October 2019, Kotb released her sixth book, I Really Needed This Today, which includes personal notes about her experiences and relationships, an assortment of quotes, and 365 sayings that she hopes inspires and uplifts readers. She released a follow-up in October 2020 titled This Just Speaks to Me, which expands on her daily reflections and includes additional personal anecdotes and quotes.

Kotb has also released her own children's books. The first one, her fourth book overall, I've Loved You Since Forever, was released in 2018, and was adapted into a lullaby by Kelly Clarkson. Her second children's book, her fifth book overall, You Are My Happy, which celebrates the things in life that bring gratitude, was released in March 2019.

In 2002, Kotb was awarded the Edward R. Murrow Award for her reporting.

Kotb received her first Gracie Awards in 2003 and 2008.

Kotb was awarded a Headliner Award in 2004 for Dateline NBC's "Saving Dane – Adoptees Rage".

In 2006, Kotb was awarded a Peabody Award for Dateline NBC's "The Education of Ms. Groves", which earned her an additional Headliner Award in 2007, as well as the Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award in 2008.

In 2010, 2011, and 2012, during which Kotb was a part of the Today morning host lineup, Today won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Morning Program.

In 2015, she won a Webby Award for Online Film & Video – Public Service & Activism for her music video, "Truly Brave", which she created in collaboration with Sara Bareilles and Cyndi Lauper to raise awareness for pediatric cancer. That same year, she received an additional Gracie Award for Outstanding Host in News/Non-fiction in 2015.

In 2016, Kotb was awarded with a Gracie Award for Outstanding Host in Entertainment/Information for her SiriusXM show.

Kolb was included in Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People of 2018.

In 2019, Kotb and Gifford were awarded a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host during their time as co-hosts.

Kotb was awarded the Matrix Award in October 2021.

Personal life

In 2005, Kotb married former University of New Orleans tennis coach, Burzis Kanga. The marriage ended in divorce in 2008.

Kotb began a relationship with New York financier Joel Schiffman in 2013. On November 25, 2019, Kotb announced live on Today that she was engaged to Schiffman. On January 31, 2022, Kotb announced during the fourth hour of Today (Hoda & Jenna) that she and Schiffman had ended their engagement and would focus on co-parenting as friends.

On February 21, 2017, Kotb announced on Today that she had adopted a baby girl named Haley Joy Kotb. On April 16, 2019, Kotb came on Today via phone to announce she had adopted a second baby girl named Hope Catherine Kotb.

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 cameras to follow her throughout her cancer battle. After she was declared cancer free, she has continued to document and use the story on the show to raise awareness for breast cancer.

On January 6, 2022, Kotb announced she tested positive for COVID-19. Although she has received both of her vaccine doses as well as her booster shot, Kotb told Today that she is "experiencing mild symptoms and is feeling good while isolating at home."


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www.dailymail.co.uk, December 1, 2022
Bush Hager, 41, was put on the spot when Andy Cohen asked her on Watch What Happens Live if she wore underwear to have dinner with the royal. The Today host shared a meal with then-Prince Charles in Scotland the night before his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, died on September 8. 'Did you wear undies that night?' Cohen cheekily asked. Bush Hager threw her head back and laughed before shaking her head to say no. She defended her decision to go commando, explaining that she was wearing a 'beautiful tight dress' and underwear 'would have shown.' Just a few...

NYC kicks off the holiday season by flicking the switch on the Rockefeller Christmas tree lights

www.dailymail.co.uk, December 1, 2022
The tree, whose lower branches extend 50 feet in diameter, is topped with a 900-pound star covered in three million crystals. Katherine McPhee and David Foster warmed up the crowd on the chilly evening during a live performance last night, pictured right, while actor and television host Mario Lopez gave a speech at the ceremony, which continued well into the night. Broadcasters Hoda Kotb and Craig Melvin high fived after the display was unveiled, bottom right.

Hoda Kotb reveals that Kathie Lee Gifford dropped 'grenade' on live TV by announcing Hoda's divorce

www.dailymail.co.uk, December 1, 2022
Hoda Kotb revealed this week that her former Today Show co-host Kathie Lee Gifford once shared some of her most personal information on live television without her permission. The 58-year-old journalist dropped by Watch What Happens Live on Tuesday when she admitted that Kathie Lee, 69, told the audience that she was getting a divorce during an awkwardly timed Valentine's Day episode. Hoda told host Andy Cohen that the information 'wasn't for out here,' though Kathie, who recently sparred with Kelly Ripa over her memoir, didn't seem to get the memo.
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