Hoda Kotb Biography

Hoda Kotb is an Egyptian-born American television journalist and New York Times bestselling author who co-anchors NBC’s Today show’s entertainment segment fourth hour with fellow journalist Jenna Bush Hager.

How old is Hoda Kotb? – Age

She was born on 9 August 1964 in Norman, Oklahoma, United States. She is 58 years as of 2022.

Where did Hoda Kotb go to school? – Education

Fort Hunt High School, where she graduated in 1982, was her alma mater. She was chosen to speak at her graduating class’s baccalaureate service after being crowned homecoming queen. Kotb was a member of the Delta Delta Delta women’s sorority Beta Nu Chapter at Virginia Tech throughout her collegiate years. Kotb earned a Bachelor of Arts in broadcast journalism from the University of Southern California in 1986. Kotb was the main speaker at her alma mater’s 2008 commencement ceremony, and during her speech, she used her iPod to play Metallica’s “Enter Sandman.”

Hoda Kotb – Family

Hoda is the daughter of Sameha (“Sami”), a former Library of Congress employee, and Abdel Kader Kotb, a former fossil energy specialist who was recognized in Who’s Who in Technology.

Adel and Hala Kotb are her younger sisters.

Hoda Kotb Husband – Fiance – Love life

Ms. Kotb doesn’t have a husband. Burzis Kanga, a former tennis coach at the University of New Orleans from 2005 to 2008, was her first husband. Before being divorced in 2008, the former couple married in 2005.

The ‘Today’ Show’s co-anchor met Joel Schiffman, a New York banker, during a Wall Street event where she spoke in 2013, and the two began their love engagement. They kept their relationship a secret until 2015, when images of them together were published in The Daily Mail, revealing that they were dating. They moved in together to establish a family in 2017 and adopted their first daughter, with a second daughter joining the family in 2019.

Still in 2019, Hoda and Schiffman announced that they had gotten engaged and were planning to marry. The wedding was often postponed owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Hoda announced during the fourth hour of her Today show on January 31, 2022, that she and Schiffman had chosen to call off their engagement. She explained that they had come to the conclusion that they would be better off as friends and parents than as an engaged couple. She continued, “It isn’t as if something has happened. Relationships are said to exist for a cause, a season, or a lifetime. And I believe ours was only supposed to remain there for a season.”

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Are Hoda’s daughters adopted? – How old is Hoda Kotb’s daughter?

Haley Joy Kotb was born in 2015, and Hope Catherine Kotb was born in 2016.

Her first daughter Joy was born on February 14, 2017, Valentine’s Day, and her second daughter Hope was born in April 2019.

Hoda Kotb Cancer

She was diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2007 after a routine examination by her doctor revealed lumps in her breast. Kotb was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2007 and underwent a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. Since then, she has been a breast cancer awareness campaigner. During her cancer battle, Kotb has let Today’s cameras follow her. She continued to record and utilize her narrative on the show after she was declared cancer-free, in order to raise breast cancer awareness. Kotb continues to broadcast a syndicated show.

Hoda Kotb’s Instagram

Hoda Kotb has an Instagram account (@hodakotb).

What is Kotb’s Salary?

She receives an estimated salary between $8 million and $10 million.

Kotb Net Worth

She receives a predicted net worth of $30 million.

Hoda Kotb Career

The fourth hour of TODAY has been dubbed ‘TODAY’s Happy Hour’ by Entertainment Weekly and USA Today since Gifford and Kotb joined forces. Midday Emmy for Outstanding Morning Program was awarded to the TODAY show in 2010.

Kotb has covered a wide range of domestic and international events, as well as human-interest stories and features, across all of NBC News’ sites. She covered the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina as well as the one-year anniversary of the storm, as well as Kotb’s personal narrative as a six-year resident of New Orleans. She covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza.

For the first time in 11 years, Kotb had an exclusive interview with Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma’s internationally recognized leader.

Kotb sailed to Southeast Asia to hide the devastating effects of the 2004 earthquake, then went to war-torn Burma, escorted by rebel troops, to report the complete story of 12-year-old twin fighters with magical skills. Kotb also co-anchored the Msnbc Race Special, ‘Shades of Hope…Shadows of Hate,’ which was televised from the former Klan bombing site in Birmingham, Alabama. She was the host of the weekly syndicated programme ‘Your Total Health’ from 2004 until 2008.

Hoda Kotb Books

  • 2021You Are My Happy Board Book
  • 2020 – This Just Speaks to Me: Words to Live By Every Day
  • 2019 – I Really Needed This Today: Words to Live By
  • 2019 – You Are My Happy
  • 2018 – I’ve Loved You Since Forever
  • 2016Where We Belong: Journeys That Show Us The Way
  • 2013Ten Years Later: Six People Who Faced Adversity and Transformed Their Lives
  • 2010Hoda: How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair, Cancer, and Kathie Lee

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