Hoda Kotb Biography
Hoda Kotb is an American television personality and author born on 9th August 1964 in Norman, Oklahoma, United States. She is a co-host of of the NBC News morning show Today, and co-host of its entertainment-focused fourth hour.
Hoda Kotb Age
Hoda was born on 9th August 1964 in Norman, Oklahoma, United States (54 years as of 2018)
Hoda Kotb Parents/ Hoda Kotb Family
Hoda’s parents are from Eygpt, they migrated from Cairo to Oklahoma to further their education at the University of Oklahoma. Her mother, Sameha (“Sami”), works at the Library of Congress while her father Abdel Kader Kotb, who passed on in 1986 at the age of 51, was a fossil energy specialist and was listed in the Who’s Who of Technology. Hoda has two siblings brother, Adel, and a sister, Hala.
Hoda Kotb Siblings
Kotb has two siblings a brother, Adel, and a sister, Hala.
Hoda Kotb Nationality
Hoda Kotb is American and also Egyptian as her parents are both Egypt nationality.
Hoda Kotb Ethnicity/ Hoda Kotb Race
Hoda is of Egyptian ethnicity.
Hoda Kotb Religion
Hoda’s family has Muslim background, during a 92nd Street Y interview she remembered her memories of annual summer vacations in Egypt.
‘We met our cousins who looked just like us. Some of them had the head cover on. I still remember going, ‘Oh, my God. Like that could have been me.’ You don’t realise the gift your parents give you when you leave.’
In her autobiography she writes about the attempts her relatives in Egypt made on match-making.
‘During my visit, I’d be sitting on the couch and there’d come a knock-knock at the door. ‘Hoda, someone’s at the door for yooooouuuu…’ Oh, Lord. ‘This is Mohammed. He’s from Cairo. He’s studying engineering… and he has a Mercedes.’ Really? He also has on a long white man dress. Okay, call it a dishdash’
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5. 60 Really Sweet Things To Say To A Girl.
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7. Things Women in Relationships Must Not Do.
8. 10 Things that are Killing Your Kidneys.
Hoda Kotb Husband/ Hoda Kotb Ex- Husband
In 2005 she married Burzis Kanga, a former tennis coach for the University of New Orleans, but they divorced in 2007.
Kotb met Kanga at an event for the American Heart Association on Valentine’s Day in New Orleans. They got engaged in May 2005 and tied the knot in December in Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. Kotb filed for divorce on 15th February 2007 which was finalized on 6th February 2008.
During an interview with RadarOnline.com he said;
“We had some differences, my ather was ill. She was ill. It was a difficult time. Those were personal reasons for both of us.
The divorce happened under difficult conditions. Those were personal reasons for both of us. In hindsight, there was level of immaturity on my part, mistakes I made. It was unfortunate we were married for a short time. It’s a shame it transpired that way.
I was not used to the big city I guess, New York can be overwhelming. I’ve lived in New Orleans for 30 years now. This is my home. I will always cherish our memories. She is the epitome of class. I think the world of her. We had great memories together.”
Hoda Kotb Joel Schiffman
Hoda met Joel Schiffman in the summer of 2013 while speaking at an event for Wall Street professionals, she was signing books when Joel approached her.
“It was one of those events they ask us to speak at and it was pouring rain and it was a bunch of Wall Street guys. I didn’t even want to go. hey asked me to sign some books and one guy is like, Can you sign it to my grandma? And this guy walks up and he’s like, I’ll take a book. And I was like, Who do you want me to write it to — your girlfriend, your wife, your aunt? And he goes, Write it to me.”
Later a contact from the event emailed Joel, who emailed Hoda back.They went for a date and as they say the rest is history.
Hoda Kotb Married
Hoda is not married but she is engaged to Joel Schiffman. During an interview on ‘Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen’ Kotb was asked about her relationship with her boyfriend Joel Schiffman and whether they consider marriage to which she replied
“I love Joel, I mean, I’m going to be with Joel until my last breath — I know that.”
Andy Cohen later asked her “So you might Goldie and Kurt it?” refering to Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell who have been in a relationship for more than 35 years but have never married to which she replied;
“Yeah, I think we might, I kind of like their vibe, don’t you think?”
Hoda Kotb Daughter/ Hoda Kotb Children
In early 2007 Hoda was diagnosed with breast cancer whose treatment left her infertile. In February 2017 she adopted a daughter Haley Joy who she introduced at ‘Today’ on that year’s mothers Day, at the time she was 12 week old.
Speaking about the adoption of his daughter Kotb said;
“You’re standing in a room waiting, and somebody walks in holding your daughter I was exploding in tears. I thought they were going to take her away and say, ‘No, we have a hysterical freak here, get that baby back!’”
About holding her for the first time she said; “it was like a puzzle piece that just snapped in. I felt it, It was as if she had been with me forever.”
Hoda Kotb Education
Hoda Kotb attended Fort Hunt High School in Alexandria and later joined Virginia Tech University graduating in 1986 with B.A in broadcast journalism. During her collage years she was a member of Delta Delta Delta women’s sorority, Beta Nu Chapter. She was the keynote speaker at her alma mater for the 2008 Virginia Tech graduation
Hoda Kotb Career
In 1986 Hoda joined CBS as a news assistant of Cairo, she later moved on to stints for ABC affiliates in Illinois, Mississippi and Florida. In 1992 Hoda began her career as an anchor and reporter for WWL-TV in New Orleans, Louisiana a position she held until 1998.
NBC Hoda Kotb
In 1998 Hoda joined NBC as a correspondent for the newsmagazine ‘Dateline NBC’. Some of the events she covered included he 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. She also conducted interviews with some of the notable figures such as Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi. In 2004 she began hosting a weekly syndicated series Your Total Health until 2008.
Kathie Lee and Hoda/ Kathie Lee and Hoda Show
In September 2007 Kotb began hosting the 10 a.m. hour of ‘Today’. She was paired with Kathie Lee Gifford the following spring, the show was named as Kathie Lee and Hoda. In 2010 they won a shared Emmy.
Hoda Kotb Today
In 2008 she began co-hosting the fourth hour of the Today Show alongside Kathie Lee Gifford. In early March 2017 she was added as a third co-anchor of ‘Today’. Kotb occasionally filled in as the co-anchor of Today for Savannah Guthrie and Matt Lauer. After Lauer was dismissed following accusations of sexual misconduct, Kotb joined Guthrie as interim co-host for the first two hours of the show, and on January 2, 2018, she was named the official co-host, creating the first female duo for the show, departing from the long-time pattern of a mixed gender pair.
Hoda Kotb Salary
Hoda Kotb earns a salary of $7 million annually. When Matt Lauer was fired he was earning a salary of $25 million a year but Hoda’s salary for the same slot was $7 million.
“I think the whole money thing for me, I’ve always been sort of — I know it sounds ridiculous that I’m going to say this, but I really have done jobs I liked for the job I liked because I never wanted to be happy every other Friday on pay day, like, I didn’t want that to be the happy day.”
Hoda Kotb Net worth
Kotb has an estimated net worth of $12 million, according to an Oct. 2016 report from GoBankingRates.com.
Hoda Kotb Breast Cancer
In early 2007 Hoda was diagnosed with breast cancer. She felt a lump in her breast and a mammogram and biopsy were performed on her.
“I truly thought it was nothing, it was just a small lump and I kept telling myself that lots of times those turn out to be nothing.” except for her it wasn’t nothing as it was cancer.
She opted out of chemotherapy and underwent a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery because the cancer was detected during the early stage and hadn’t spread to the lymph nodes. The cancer treatment left her infertile.
Hoda Kotb Books
- How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair, Cancer and Kathie Lee (2010)
- Ten Years Later: Six People Who Faced Adversity and Transformed Their Lives (2013)
- Where They Belong: The Best Decisions That People Almost Never Made (2016)
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Hoda Kotb Interview
What went through your mind when you heard the words, “You have cancer”? I was in a meeting in my office and my phone rang. My first thought was: Why is this call interrupting me?
Hoda Kotb: It was my doctor telling me I had cancer and I needed to go to his office right away. One thing that struck me was how weird it was to receive such life-altering news in such an impersonal way. My experience wasn’t anything like you see on TV or the movies. There was no sitting down in an office with a doctor explaining the situation to you. I was in shock. Like so many women every day, I was in the midst of my life as usual and all of a sudden my entire world was thrown upside down. It was especially shocking because I had really remained optimistic about the lump. I kept telling myself it was nothing, and I think I had convinced myself of that.
What did you do next? I immediately took action. It’s helpful to feel in charge of your life, so I went into all-business mode. I called my sister, saw the doctor and went about doing everything I could to get my life back.
Hoda Kotb: I knew I couldn’t delay, so I didn’t really stop to let the diagnosis soak in at first. I was so busy taking care of myself that I didn’t care for myself.
When did the reality of the diagnosis hit you?
Hoda Kotb: Like so often, the minute the lights were out and my head was on the pillow, I stopped and was able to think, What is this? And, What does this mean? I had my share of soaking-wet pillows from crying, and [thinking], Oh, my God, this can’t be the end, I’m not finished with my life. I went through what I’ve come to find out most people diagnosed with breast cancer experience. You feel like life shouldn’t be over and are confused because you were just healthy — or so you thought — yesterday. There are so many emotions and feelings you process.
What was going on in your personal life when you were diagnosed?
Hoda Kotb: I separated from my ex-husband and went through our divorce while being treated for and recovering from breast cancer. I certainly don’t recommend juggling 2 brutal life scenarios at once. But dealing with both at the same time might have been oddly therapeutic for me.
In what way?
Hoda Kotb: It was certainly tough. But weirdly, even though it sounds unimaginable, going through a divorce and cancer together for some reason prevented me from wallowing too much about either one. Two simultaneous tragedies meant I could never focus too much for too long on one. I couldn’t go down the “he’s terrible” rabbit hole or spend too much time thinking Why me?
How did you cope with the 2 stressful life events at once?
Hoda Kotb: I have incredible family and friends who were there for me nonstop to boost me up, hold my hand and keep me looking forward. That word, “forward,” is powerful for me. Forward says there’s another day tomorrow. I would scribble in my journal every day and the last word on every page is “forward.” Looking ahead keeps you from getting stuck in the muck and weeds. When you go backward, looking back at he said this or I should have done that, you’re in trouble. And forward keeps me from looking at, and getting fixated on, the bad what-ifs. Those really weren’t options for me. I didn’t look at statistics. I also kept a video diary for myself. I didn’t want to burden people and also didn’t want my health to become the main topic of every conversation because I believe saying things out loud too many times makes them worse.
Talking about something again and again gives it energy, and I wasn’t about to feed my cancer. It was not going to be bigger than all the joy and goodness to come in my life.
Hoda Kotb: Did you ever lapse into a “why me” state of mind? No matter the health issue or emotional trauma you happen to face, it’s easy for all of us to do that. When I felt myself going there, I’d remind myself that there are people who have gone through much worse than what I had on my plate. They’ve lost absolutely everything – sometimes including loved ones – in national disasters I’ve covered. People have been victims of horrible crimes or subjected to unimaginable travesties at Auschwitz. And they all have terribly painful, jarring memories. But those people go on. They wake up and put one foot in front of the other to move forward.
I accepted that not everything can be resolved. Sometimes, you go through something difficult and will carry it with you forever. I will have the physical scars to remind me of my cancer for the rest of my life. But just like so many other tough things in life, you can’t go back and not have cancer once you’ve been diagnosed. It will always be a part of me, just not the main part.
How did you cope with those physical scars?
Hoda Kotb: I had an 8-hour surgery, including the mastectomy and reconstruction, that left me with several scars on my chest and torso. In the beginning, you’re so happy that the doctors got everything and you’re on the road to regaining your life that you’re unprepared for the second phase of not wanting to see yourself in the mirror.
Seeing those scars, and knowing they’re yours for life, is jarring. But as your body and spirit heal, you realize, OK, this is my body. But I’m here and I’m healthy, so I’ll take it. I’m a very lucky girl. I have a job I never imagined I’d have. I have an amazing group of friends in my life, not to mention an unbelievable family. And, yeah, I have scars. But I’ll take that over the alternative any day!