Hoda Kotb Biography

( 1964 - )
Hoda Kotb Biography

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Date of Birth: 1964 August 9
Age:53 years old
occupationJournalist, Author
body_measurement 38-29-38 inches
networth$12 million
spouseBurzis Kanga (m. 2005; div. 2007)
education Fort Hunt High School Virginia Tech
place_of_birthNorman, Oklahoma, U.S.
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Hoda Kotb is an Emmy Award winning journalist, television personality, actress, and TV host. She is famous for being the co-host of NBC’s Today Show. Having active since 1986, she has contributed for the channels such as CBS News, WINK-TV, WWL-TV, NBC News, WQAD-TV, and WXVT-TV. She was previously married but currently, she is dating Joel Schiffman since 2016.

Hoda Kotb Early Life & Education

Hoda Kotb was born on August 9, 1964, in Norman, Oklahoma, U.S. She is the daughter of Egyptian parents, Sameha Kotb and A. K. Kotb was raised by her parents in Egypt for a year, as well as in Nigeria. She has two siblings named Adel and Hala.

During her childhood: Instagram


Hoda Kotb graduated from Fort Hunt High School in 1982 where she was elected Homecoming Queen and selected to speak at her graduating class. In 1986, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcast journalism. She was the keynote speaker for the Virginia Tech graduation of 2008 and also elected to a three-year term on the Virginia Tech Alumni Association Board of Directors.

During her college days: Instagram


Hoda Kotb Career

Kotb began her journalism career from WWL-TV in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she used to be an anchor and reporter. She worked there from 1992 to 1998. WWL-TV has been one of Louisiana's top news stations for decades.

GIF: Hoda with her co-host;

Froom 1986 to 1989, she became a morning anchor and general assignment reporter for WQAD-TV, ABC Moline, Illinois. Then, she went to join WXVT-TV, CBS Greenville, and Greenwood, Mississippi.

Here are the five facts about her: Hitsberry Video Youtube

Moreover, she also served as a weekend anchor and reporter at WINK-TV Fort Myers, Florida from 1989 TO 1991. In 1998, she joined NBC News National correspondent. Kotb appears for the first time on the fourth hour of the Today Show and also has been a correspondent for Dateline NBC.

Hoda Kotb Author

Besides that, she is also a writer. She wrote a New York Times Bestselling book, which was released in hardcover in October 2010. She released her second book “Ten Years Later” in the year 2013. Additionally, she appeared in Martina McBride’s music video through which she was able to earn more fame among people.

Hoda Kotb's Ten Years Later Book
Source: Pinterest

Hoda Kotb Cancer Survivor

In March 2007, Kotb underwent a surgery for breast cancer and has cured the drastic diseases. Afterward, she became an advocate for breast cancer awareness. After she announced cancer-free, her story was documented by Today Show cameras.

Hoda Kotb Personal Life

Kotb married was previously married to former University of New Orleans tennis coach Burzis Kanga. The two got married on 3, December 2005, however, their marriage ended after two years. Their divorce case was finalized on 14th of February 2007.

In January 2015, she said she has been in the relationship with New York financier Joel Schiffman, since the last two years.As of now, their relationship is going very well.

With Joel Schiffman and her daughter: Instagram


On March 8, 2017, she adopted a baby girl and brought her home her new born daughter, Haley Joy. Hoda Kotb has already fully adjusted to a life of bottle feedings, diaper changes and lots of laundries.

Hoda Kotb with her new baby girl
Source: People

She revealed that,

“One of the reasons was because I couldn’t have children,” she explains. “Finally I said to myself one day, ‘Why can’t I? Why not me?’ I had this ache in me that I couldn’t push away anymore.”

Hoda Kotb Controversy

Being journalist and television broadcaster, she usually used to be in controversial topic. After Hoda Kotb’s Controversial Breastfeeding Comment while entertaining a show, breastfeeding mothers across the country were enraged, and shared more breastfeeding photos through social media like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Hoda Kotb Net Worth

Being a popular television journalist, she has bagged several awards. She has won Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Morning Program in 2010 and also won News & Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Coverage of a Breaking News Story in a News Magazine. She is considered to be a well-paid journalist and her estimated net worth has $12 million.

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