Hoda Kotb Biography
Hoda Kotb is an American anchor, reporter, host, and correspondent working for NBC News. She joined the station in April 1998 and serves as a reporter and anchor.
Hoda Kotb Education
She attended Fort Hunt High School and in 1982, she graduated with her High School Diploma. While in high school, she was selected to speak at her graduating class’s baccalaureate service and was also elected homecoming queen. From there, she had to further her education. She joined Virginia Tech to pursue her career course. In 1986, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcast journalism. During her time in college, she was a member of Delta Delta Delta women’s sorority, Beta Nu Chapter.
Furthermore, she was the keynote speaker at her alma mater for the 2008 Virginia Tech graduation. In her speech, she played Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” over her iPod. Later she was elected to a three-year term on the Virginia Tech Alumni Association Board of Directors in 2010.
Hoda Kotb Career
Kotb is an anchor, reporter, host, and correspondent at NBC News. She joined the station as a correspondent for Dateline NBC and all NBC News platforms. Her love and passion for journalism have always been pushing her. Upon college graduation, she landed her first on-air job in Greenville, Mississippi. While there, she worked for the CBS affiliate WXVT.
From there, she headed to Moline, Illinois to work for the ABC affiliate WQAD. During her working time there, she served the station as a reporter from 1988 to 1989. After working there for one year, she moved to Fort Myers, Florida where she landed another job at CBS affiliate WINK. While there, she worked as a weekend anchor and reporter from 1989 to 1991. Her career did not stop there, she got an opportunity to work for the CBS affiliate WWL in New Orleans, Louisiana. During her time there, she served the station as a reporter and anchor for six years from 1992 to 1998.
During her tenure at NBC News, in September 2007 she was the first host of Today’s first fourth-hour weekday morning broadcast at 10:00 a.m. Later in April 2008, Kathie Lee Gifford joined her as a co-host. After working together for quite some time, in April 2019 Gifford was succeeded by Jenna Bush Hager after her departure from the show. Kobt began hosting a live, one-hour show twice a week on Sirius XM’s Today channel on February 23, 2015discussing casual, watercooler topics.
Hoda Kotb Age
Kotb is 58 years old as of 2022. She was born on August 9, 1964, in Norman, Oklahoma, United States. Kotb celebrates her birthday on the 9 Of August every year.
Hoda Kotb Height
Kotb stands at an approximate height of 5 feet 7 inches.
Hoda Kotb Family
Kotb was born in Norman, Oklahoma to Abdel Kader Kotb, her father, and Sameha (“Sami”), her mother, and raised in Morgantown, West Virginia, and Alexandria, Virginia. Throughout the 1990s, she lived in New Orleans. Her parents originate from Egypt. For a year, her family lived in Egypt and Nigeria as well. She was brought up along with her sister Hala, and her brother, Adel. Her mother worked at the Library of Congress and her father on the other side was a fossil energy specialist. He was listed in the Who’s Who of Technology. Unfortunately, he died in 1986 at the age of 51 years.
She recalls her Muslim roots in childhood as yesterday, during a 92nd Street Y interview, she narrated her memories of annual summer vacations in Egypt and her veiled cousins and how her parents’ migration to the United States had spared her from having to do the same.
Hoda Kotb Husband
She was married to her ex-husband Burzis Kanga. They tied the knot in 2005 and the marriage ended in 2008. Kanga is a former University of New Orleans tennis coach. In 2013, she began a relationship with New York financier Joel Schiffman. She later announced live on Today that she was engaged to Schiffman on November 25, 2019. During the fourth hour of Today (Hoda & Jenna) on January 31, 2022, she announced that she and Schiffman had ended their engagement and would focus on co-parenting as friends.
On February 21, 2017, she announced on Today that she had adopted a baby girl named Haley Joy Kotb. Moreover, on April 16, 2019, came on Today via phone to announce she had adopted a second baby girl named Hope Catherine Kotb.
Hoda Kotb Net Worth
Kotb has an estimated net worth ranging between $1 Million – $5 Million which she has earned from her successful career as an anchor, reporter, host, and correspondent.
Hoda Kotb Salary
Kotb earns an annual salary ranging between $40,000 – $ 110,500.
Throughout her career, she has won several awards and honors. In 2002, she received the Edward R. Murrow Award for her reporting, in 2003 and 2008, she won her first Gracie Awards, and in 2004, she won a Headliner Award for Dateline NBC‘s “Saving Dane – Adoptees Rage.” She also received Peabody Award for Dateline NBC’s “The Education of Ms. Groves” in 2006, in 2007 it earned her an additional Headliner Award, and also in 2008, it earned her the Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award.
Kotb won Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Morning Program in 2010, 2011, and 2012 when she was a part of the Today morning host lineup, Today. She earned a Webby Award for Online Film & Video – Public Service & Activism for her music video, “Truly Brave.” It was created in collaboration with Sara Bareilles and Cyndi Lauper to raise awareness for pediatric cancer. During the same year, she received an additional Gracie Award for Outstanding Host in News/Non-fiction.
Her SiriusXM show earned her a Gracie Award for Outstanding Host in Entertainment/Information in 2016 and in 2018, she was included in Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2018. In addition to that, Kotb and Gifford received their Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host in 2019 during their time as co-hosts. In October 2021, she did not disappoint when she received the Matrix Award.
Kotb opened up about how she learned to love her body again after undergoing a mastectomy related to her breast cancer diagnosis. In March 2007, she underwent a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery for breast cancer. Since then, she has been an advocate for breast cancer awareness. After she was declared cancer-free, she continued to document and use the story on the show to raise awareness for breast cancer. In addition to that, she announced she tested positive for COVID-19 on January 6, 2022. Martina McBride asked her in 2011 to be featured in her music video for “I’m Gonna Love You Through It,” a ballad dedicated to cancer survivors.
Hoda Kotb NBC News
Kotb works at NBC News where she works alongside other famous NBC News anchors, reporters, meteorologists, and sports anchors including;
- Chuck Todd
- Al Roker
- Carson Daly
- Lester Holt
- Seth Meyers
- Lilly Singh
- Peter Alexander
- Somara Theodore
- Jose Diaz-Balart
- Kate Snow
- Andrea Mitchell
- Garrett Haake
- Kelly O’Donnell
- Mike Memoli
- Marianna Sotomayor
- Geoff Bennett
- Josh Lederman
- Morgan Radford