Hoda Kotb is an American broadcast journalist, author, and television personality. She is the NBC News morning show’s lead co-anchor Today and co-host of its fourth-hour entertainment-focused program. Kotb was formerly a reporter for the Dateline NBC TV news magazine service.
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Hoda Kotb: Early Life, Education, Family
She was born in Norman, Oklahoma on 9 August 1964 and raised in Morgantown, West Virginia, and Virginia, Alexandria. Likewise, she spent the whole of the 1990s in New Orleans. The parents of Kotb are from Egypt. The journalist and her family spent a year living in Egypt, as well as Nigeria. She has a brother, Adel, and Hala, a niece. Her mother, Sameha, works at Congress Library. Her father, Abdel Kader Kotb, was a specialist in renewable energy and was listed in Who’s Who of Technology. He died in 1986 when he was 51.
In 1982 she graduated at Fort Hunt High School. She was named homecoming queen and was invited to speak at the baccalaureate service of her graduating class. Kotb was a member of Delta Delta Delta women’s sorority, Beta Nu Chapter, during her college years at Virginia Tech. In 1986 Kotb graduated from broadcast journalism with a Bachelor of Arts degree. At the 2008 Virginia Tech graduation, Kotb was the keynote speaker at her alma mater and played Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” over her iPod in her address. She was elected to the board of directors of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association in 2010, for a three-year term.
Hoda Kotb: Career and achievements
After college, Kotb’s first on-air job was at then-CBS affiliate WXVT in Greenville, Mississippi. Kotb then relocated from 1988 to 1989 as a reporter to ABC affiliate WQAD in Moline, IL. From 1989 to 1991, she was a weekend anchor and reporter for CBS affiliate WINK in Fort Myers, Florida. In New Orleans, Louisiana, Kotb was an anchor and reporter for CBS affiliate WWL from 1992 until 1998. In 2011, Martina McBride asked Kotb for “I am Gonna Love You Through It,” a ballad dedicated to cancer survivors, to be used in her music video.
In April 1998 Kotb formally joined NBC News as a reporter for NBC Dateline and other NBC News channels. She was the first presenter of the fourth-hour weekday morning broadcast of Today at 10:00 a.m. In September 2007 Kathie Lee Gifford returned in April 2008 as co-host. Gifford was later succeeded in April 2019 by Jenna Bush Hager, after Gifford left the series.
Kotb published a bestselling memoir in the New York Times in October 2010, Hoda: How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair, Cancer, and Kathie Lee. Kotb won the Edward R. Murrow Award for her reporting in 2002. In 2003 and 2008, Kotb won her first Gracie Awards. In 2019, during their tenure as co-hosts, Kotb and Gifford won a Daytime Emmy Award for Best Insightful Talk Show Host.
Hoda Kotb: Personal life and husband
In 2005 Kotb married Burzis Kanga, a former tennis coach at the University of New Orleans. In 2008 the marriage ended in divorce. Kotb underwent a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery for breast cancer in March 2007 and has since been an advocate for awareness about breast cancer. Today’s cameras allowed Kotb to follow her through her cancer battle. She recorded and used the story on the series to raise awareness for breast cancer. Kotb has had a relationship with New York financier Joel Schiffman since 2013.
On 21 February 2017, on Today, Kotb revealed she had adopted a baby girl named Haley Joy Kotb. Kotb came on Today via telephone on April 16, 2019, to announce that she had adopted a second baby girl named Hope Catherine Kotb. Besides, Kotb revealed live on Today on November 25, 2019, that she engaged to Schiffman.
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Hoda Kotb: Net Worth and social media
Kotb receives $7 million annually as the morning show host, slightly less than Lauer, who earned about $20 million annually. Its net worth is $30 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
Likewise, talking about her social media availability, she is available on Instagram by the name hodakotb. Additionally, she has 1.6 million followers on Instagram. Likewise, she is also available on Twitter by the name hodakotb where she has 1.2 million followers.
Hoda Kotb: Body measurements
The journalist has an elegant look with a beautiful body. She is 1.75 m tall and weighs nearly 72 kgs. Additionally, her body measurements are 38-29-38 inches for breast, waist, and hips respectively.