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Hoda Kotb is known as a NBC news contributor and media personality. She is most famous for being an anchor for NBC’s flagship morning program, 'Today.'


Background and Education

Hoda Kotb was born on August 9, 1964, in Norman, Oklahoma. As the middle child of Egyptian workers who left Cairo to study at the University of Oklahoma, Kotb was brought up in an English speaking family. She described her assimilated guardians as individuals who wanted their children to grow up as American culturally so that they could succeed tin their new home. She spent her adolescence in Morgantown, West Virginia, and Alexandria, Virginia. She spent a year abroad in Nigeria and also took vacations back home with her family in Egypt.

After going to Fort Hunt High School in Alexandria, Kotb remained near her home to go to Virginia Tech University. She wound up joining with the Delta sorority and WUVT, the college radio station, before winning her Bachelor’s Degree in broadcast news coverage in 1986.


On January 2, 2018, Hoda Kotb started the New Year with the declaration that she was taking over as co-host of the 7 and 8 a.m hours of NBC's daily morning television show Today, along with Savannah Guthrie.

Kotb had filled in as a temporary host, when past anchor Matt Lauer was terminated for sexual misconduct. Her on screen chemistry with Guthrie had demonstrated a triumphant mix, as Today outperformed the ratings of the opponent ABC program Good Morning America for four successive weeks, inciting Today executives to make the move permanent.

Personal Life

Health Problems

Kotb was diagnosed to have breast cancer in mid 2007 after her gynecologist found lumps during a standard test. Regardless of her years as host of Your Total Health, she had never got a mammogram.

Kotb chose to skip chemotherapy in favor of a mastectomy, a technique that required a broad mental and physical recovery. She was able to recover and became a face for Breast Cancer Awareness.


In 2005, Kotb married Burzis Kanga, the former tennis coach for the University of New Orleans, however they separated two years after the marriage.

In 2013, the TV personality started dating agent Joel Schiffman. Unfit to have children after her medicines for cancer, she adopted little girl Haley Joy in February 2017, acquainting the 12-week-old with Today fans on Mother's Day. In April 2019, Kotb reported she had adopted another young lady, named Hope Catherine.

Date modified: Apr 9, 2020
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