Hoda Kotb (/ˈhoʊdə ˈkɒtbiː/; Arabic: هدى قطب Hudā Quṭb Egyptian Arabic pronunciation: [ˈhodæ ˈʔotˤb]; hoh-de kot-bee born August 9, 1964) is an Egyptian-American television news anchor and TV host known as the co-host of the Today Show’sfourth hour with Kathie Lee Gifford. She won a Daytime Emmy Award in 2010 as part of The Today Show team. Kotb is also a correspondent for NBC‘s Dateline NBC.
Kotb was born in Norman, Oklahoma, but grew up in Morgantown, West Virginia and Alexandria, Virginia, where she graduated from Fort Hunt High School in 1982. She was elected Homecoming Queen and selected to speak at her graduating class’ Baccalaureate service.
Kotb’s parents are from Egypt. Kotb and her family lived in Egypt for a year, as well as in Nigeria. In Arabic, the name “Hoda” means “guidance” and is a common name among Arab women. The surname “Kotb” (Qutb) means “pole,” as in North or South Pole, and is a common surname among Egyptians. For a period during her career, she spelled her surnameKotbe to aid in pronunciation; she has since reverted to using the original form, Kotb. Kotb’s father is deceased, and as of 2014, her mother works at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
In 1986, Kotb graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcast journalism. Kotb was the keynote speaker at her alma mater for the 2008 Virginia Tech graduation, where she 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 wrote a New York Times Bestselling Book, Hoda: How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair, Cancer, and Kathie Lee, which was released in hardcover in October 2010. 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.
Kotb appears on the fourth hour of the Today Show, co-hosting with Kathie Lee Gifford. She has also been a correspondent for Dateline NBC since 1998. Kotb occasionally fills in as the co-anchor of Today for Katie Couric, Meredith Vieira, Ann Curry, and Savannah Guthrie.
- 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: Dateline NBC correspondent
- 2004–2008: Host of the weekly syndicated series Your Total Health
- 2007–present: Co-host of the fourth hour of Today with Kathie Lee Gifford
In her college years at Virginia Tech, Kotb was a member of Delta Delta Delta Women’s Sorority, Beta Nu Chapter.
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 announced cancer-free, her story was documented on the show.
In January 2015, Kotb said she has been in a relationship with New York financier Joel Schiffman for two years.
- “Hoda Kotb tried ‘Kotbe’ … to get ahead?”. Today.com. 20 February 2012. Retrieved 26 December 2013.
- Kimberly Brown (2008). “‘Today’ show anchor to inspire young journalists at WVU May Commencement”. West Virginia University. Retrieved May 1, 2009.
- Diane Clehane (2009). “Hoda Kotb interview”. Retrieved Aug 7, 2014.
- She has a brother, Adel and a sister, Hala. Her mother, Sameha (“Sami”), works at the Library of Congress. MSNBC profile
- Clarification on names added to page at request of subject’s mother, February 20, 2009, to correct a tabloid’s erroneous statement that Kotb’s birth name was Choda Kotb.
- “Virginia Tech 2008 Commencement Address by Hoda Kotb”. RetrievedMay 20, 2013.
- Greg Esposito (2008). “At Tech graduation, laughs to leave by”. The Roanoke Times. Retrieved May 1, 2009.
- “Virginia Tech Alumni Association Board of Directors”. Archived from the original on 20 July 2011.
- “How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair, Cancer, and Kathie Lee”.books.simonandschuster.com.
- “Tri Delta – Mythbusters”. Tri Delta. Retrieved April 29, 2012.
- “Hope From Hoda”. Livingneworleans.com. June 2, 2006. RetrievedJanuary 28, 2014.
- Hoda Kotb (2008). “Your life after cancer is better than the one before”.MSNBC. Retrieved December 11, 2008.
- Webber, Stephanie. “Hoda Kotb Finally Reveals Boyfriend’s Name”. US Weekly. Retrieved 23 March 2015.