Hoda Kotb: Who is she?
Hoda is a beloved and well-known figure in American broadcasting journalism. She is notable for being one of NBC News Today’s co-anchors. Born on August 9, 1964, she is a television personality, author, and an essential part of the Today Show’s entertainment-focused fourth hour. She made a big impact on television as a Dateline NBC correspondent before joining Today. Hoda is a talented author, a professional who is respected for her warm personality, insightful reporting and engaging on-air appearance.
Hoda Kotb’s Career in Today Show
Hoda Kotb joined NBC News in 1998 and quickly became a valuable part of the network. In September 2007, she became the first woman to host Today’s morning show for the fourth hour.
In February 2015, Kotb began to utilize her talent by hosting a one-hour live show on Sirius XM Today twice a week. In January 2018, she made a major leap in her professional career when she became co-anchor with Savannah Guthrie of the Today Show. They made history as the first female anchor pair to host the iconic morning program.
Hoda Kotb to leave Today Show?
Hoda isn’t leaving the Today Show, despite the speculation that was caused by her short absence in May 2023. She and Al Roker briefly left the studio for a special segment to celebrate National Nurses Week. The visit to the local hospitals of New York City is part of “TODAY’s Heroes”, a program that continues today. The Today Show continued to rely on them as a source of joy and stability for viewers.
Hoda Kotb Early Childhood and Education
Hoda Kotb is the daughter of Egyptian Muslim parents, born in Norman, Oklahoma. She was raised in several places, including Morgantown (West Virginia) and Alexandria (Virginia). She and her two siblings, Adel, and Hala were also taken by her parents to Egypt and Nigeria.
She graduated from Fort Hunt High School and Virginia Tech with a BA in broadcast journalism in 1985 and 1986 respectively, remaining connected through keynote speaking engagements at graduation ceremonies as well as being elected onto Virginia Tech Alumni Association Board of Directors for three-year terms.
Hoda Kotb’s personal life and family
Hoda’s life has been marked by many milestones. One of them is her journey to motherhood. In 2013, after her divorce from Burzis Kanga in 2008, Hoda Kotb began dating New York financier Joel Schiffman. In 2019, they announced their engagement. However, Kotb revealed that in January 2022, the couple had decided to break up their engagement. They will continue to coparent their two daughters, Haley Joy, and Hope Catherine.
Hoda continues to inspire her viewers with the Today Show. She shares uplifting and inspirational stories, while maintaining a fulfilling life as a mom. According to the latest updates she does not plan on leaving the show. She remains a beloved figure in American TV.