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Born on August 9, 1964, Hoda Kotb is an American broadcast journalist, television personality and author who is a co-anchor of the NBC News morning show Today. Prior to this, she worked as a correspondent for the television news magazine program Dateline NBC. For more information, read the article below.

Before Fame: She attended Virginia Tech.

Family/ Relationships

Hoda Kotb Ethnicity/Religion/Nationality

She was born in Norman, Oklahoma and raised in Virginia. She was born to Sameha and Abdel Kader Kotb who were of Egyptian descent. She has a brother and a sister.

Hoda Kotb Affair/Married/Husband

She was married o Burzis Kanga from 2005 to 2008. She is currently in a relationship with Joel Schiffman. Visit her twitter for more information.

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— Hoda Kotb (@hodakotb) September 4, 2019

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Personal Information

  • Full Name: Hoda Kotb
  • Nicknames: Hoda
  • Birthday: August 9, 1964
  • Age: 55 years old (as of September 2019)
  • Birthplace: Norman, Oklahoma, US
  • Current Residence: United States
  • Education: Virginia Tech
  • Profession: journalist, television personality, author
  • Nationality: American
  • Ethnicity/Race: Her parents are Egyptian
  • Religion: Not Available
  • Zodiac: Leo
  • Spouse/Husband: Burzis Kanga (m. 2005; div. 2008)
  • Children: 2
  • Net Worth: She is a millionaire


  • Height: Not Available
  • Weight: Not Available

Trivia/ Facts that you probably didn’t know

  • She is a main co0anchor of the NBC News morning show Today.
  • She formerly served as a correspondent for the news magazine program Dateline NBC.
  • Her parents are Egyptian.
  • Her first on-air job after college was at TXVT in Greenville, Mississippi.
  • Her autobiography, Hoda: How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair, Cancer, and Katie Lee was a New York Times Bestseller.
  • She is currently in a relationship with New York financier Joel Schiffman.
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Memorable Quotes:

Life is a series of baby steps along the way and if you add up these tiny little steps you take toward your goal, whatever it is, whether it’s giving up something, a terrible addiction or trying to work your way through an illness. When you total up those baby steps you’d be amazed over the course of 10 years, the strides you’ve taken.

The following essay by Savannah Guthrie was adapted from a recent speech she gave at a Catholic luncheon.

Motherhood and faith go together. I couldn’t do one without the other. You need faith to get through motherhood. Wine helps. But faith is crucial.

Motherhood tells us everything we need to know about faith. Being a parent teaches us in the clearest terms how God, our Father in heaven, relates to us. His love, his frustrations, his compassion for us … The way we feel about our kids is about as close as we can get to grasping how God feels about us, His children.


My mother says people often ask her, “How did your kids turn out okay? What did you do?” I guess they figure we all turned out alright because none of us went to jail. Actually, two of us did, but that’s another story for another time.

Anyway, she always says, “a lot of knee time.” In other words, for her, being a good mother came down to praying her heart out for her kids. Sometimes it literally meant getting down on her knees and praying for God’s protection. Because, there comes a moment in every mother’s life when you know that there’s nothing you can do to protect your child. Maybe that’s true from the second they are born.

I remember when my daughter Vale was born. I have never felt such exquisite joy, such relief, such ecstasy — to see her beautiful round face, to hold her cheek to cheek in her very first moments as the tears rolled down mine. I have said this before; I cried tears I didn’t know I had, a wail and release from deep inside me that welled up and poured out. They were tears that were always, only, just for her.

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One of the first things I started feeling as I began my journey as a mother was an incredible and terrifying sense of vulnerability. I had never felt so exposed. I came to motherhood late in life. I was 41 years old. By that time, you learn to be strong, to get some scar tissue, to toughen up. You think, “Breakups, job disappointments, loss … They’re hard, but I could handle them if I had to.” Now, holding this little baby, having this precious child out in the world, I had never felt so vulnerable. I think often of that old saying, “to have a child is to go through life with your heart walking around outside your body.” That was me. My child was my everything. And I felt so acutely that to lose her would crush me. I felt so very, very afraid and again, vulnerable. I wasn’t used to that feeling and I didn’t know what to do.

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So, I prayed. And that’s when I realized one of the most important and crucial aspects of motherhood: knowing and believing and trusting that God holds my child in His hands. This doesn’t mean that no harm will come to our children. Oh, how I wish. That’s not how life works. I wish I understood pain and suffering and harm and why terrible things happen. But for me, for now, the best response — the only response to the vulnerability I feel having my children, my very heart, out in the world — is to give it to God, to entrust Him and to trust Him. Because between the two of us — what I can do to protect them, and what HE can do — well, my money is on HIM. Only one of us is God of the universe, after all. I return to him again and again with the same prayer: please, God, protect my babies. Hold them in your hands. Watch them when I cannot. Give me your wisdom, share your insights.


I also believe in teaching faith. In fact, I think one of my most important duties, maybe even more important than teaching them please and thank you and make your bed and don’t pick your nose (at least not in public), is to give them the gift of faith. I cannot and would not want to control what they’ll ultimately believe as adults. But for the moment, I believe it is my role to give them the building blocks and to expose them to faith. Most crucially (and challengingly), that means I must try to model faith and show them what it looks like to love God and count on Him every day.

Now, this could get complicated in our house because my faith is different than my husband’s. He is Jewish; I am Christian. And, I grew up Baptist. In my family, we went to church three times a week. We didn’t kid around!

So here is what my husband and I have decided together: we are going to share and expose our children to faith, and when they grow up, it will be theirs to choose what their relationship with God looks like for them.

I don’t mean I’m holding a religious studies seminar, giving my kids some kind of daily lecture about the great religions of the world. They’re too little to understand, and also, that does them a disservice. I’m not talking about giving my kids religion. On the contrary, my greatest hope is that they would have a friendship with God. I want them to know the God that I know: kind and compassionate, merciful and good. Slow to anger and abounding in love and faithfulness (Psalm 103).

I will admit, I hope they follow the path that I know, because my relationship with God has been the most important one of my life. It has carried me and sustained me. It is so precious to me. And it is only natural that you want your children to have the very best this life has to offer. But on this, like everything, I must put my trust in God. I will do my part; He will do his. I will expose them and tell them about the God who loves us. And I believe that He will meet them at the moment that they are ready and able to see him and understand.


This is not to stay I pass my days stoically, without doubt or fear. On the contrary, it is because of my fear that faith is so essential. Like any mother, when I read stories of tragedy, especially involving children, I am shaken to my core. To imagine that pain is unbearable. And selfishly, inevitably, I worry that this fate could one day be mine.

There is literally not a day goes by that I don’t worry that my children will be taken from me. It is a thought I simultaneously cannot bear and cannot put away. I pray my way through it. Or I push it down. Or I tell God (I think as a warning), “If I lost them, that would be the end of me. I would not and could not survive it.” I know it is not right for me to challenge God in this way; it is not for me to test or push. I close my eyes and hope and trust that God will not allow this to happen to me. But I’m haunted by the good, kind, much better souls than me who have known that crushing pain. I have no answers or explanation for their grief. The fact that such loss occurs is, quite frankly, the greatest challenge to my faith.

But then I remember the words I once heard from a grieving Newtown mother. It is the most powerful and profound example of faith and motherhood I ever have witnessed.

Ana Marquez-Greene was a student at Newtown. Her mother, Nelba Marquez-Greene, was interviewed on 60 Minutes four years after her daughter was killed. She is a woman of deep spiritual belief. When asked how the loss of her daughter affected her faith, she said the most powerful sermon she had ever heard was at her own daughter’s funeral. The pastor spoke of how Jesus is present with us even through a long and hard winter season. And that winter would be made better with faith and family and friends. “Will it ever be springtime again?” the interviewer asked.

“I can’t imagine a day that it will be spring,” she replied. She then spoke of the moment she passed from this life into heaven. “The moment I’m reunited with her, I want to hear two things. I want to hear, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant.’ And I want to hear, ‘Hi, Mom.’”

I cannot recount this story without gulping back rivers of tears. This beautiful, faithful mother is the very picture of God’s grace.

This essay first appeared in the Mother’s Day edition of Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper, a free weekly digital newsletter for people with passion and purpose. To get inspiring and informative content like this piece delivered straight to your inbox each Sunday morning,

Hoda Kotb is a broadcast journalist with NBC. (Getty)

On January 2, 2018, Hoda Kotb was named the co-anchor of Today, officially replacing Matt Lauer. Kotb will be joining Savannah Guthrie at the anchor desk for the first two hours of the NBC morning talk show.

Kotb has been the co-host of the show’s fourth hour alongside her good pal, Kathie Lee Gifford. The two are famed for their light-hearted segment that usually involves morning wine, gimmicks, teasing, and tons of gossip.

The American-born-but-Egyptian-by-blood Kotb was born in 1964 and has had a long career in broadcast journalism but didn’t become a household name until joining Today.

Here is what you need to know:

1. Her Parents Are Egyptian & She Lived in Egypt for a Period of Time

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Kotb was born in Norman, Oklahoma, but according to About.com, she considers herself more of a West Virginian, which is where she grew-up. For college she went to Virginia Tech and graduated with a bachelor’s in broadcast journalism.

Both of Kotb’s parents are Egyptian, and Kotb’s first professional job was as a CBS news assistant in Egypt. She spent a year in Cairo staying with relatives while working there, according to TV Guide.

The name “Hoda” is Arabic and means “guidance.”

2. She Has Been a News Anchor Since the 1980s

Hoda Kotb is a broadcast journalist and has been hosting the fourth hour of the Today Show with Kathie Lee Gifford since 2007. (Getty)

According to her bio on NBC News, Kotb started her career as a morning news anchor and general assignment reporter for WQAD-TV, the ABC affiliate in Moline, Illinois, and was an anchor for WXVT-TV, the CBS affiliate in Greenville, Mississippi from 1986 to 1989. She then went on to land a gig as a weekend anchor and reporter for WINK-TV in Fort Myers, Florida, from 1989 to 1991.

Before joining NBC News, Kotb worked at WWL-TV, the CBS affiliate in New Orleans, where she served as an anchor and reporter for the 10 p.m. news broadcast there from 1992 through 1998.

Kotb has also been a Dateline NBC correspondent since April 1998.

Now, she is the co-host of the fourth hour of NBC’s Today. She began co-hosting the 10 a.m. hour when it debuted in September 2007, with Kathie Lee Gifford. In addition to the lighthearted morning hour, Kotb still does work with Dateline NBC.

According to her NBC News biography, from 2004 to 2008, Kotb served as the host of the weekly syndicated series “Your Total Health.”

Throughout her career, Kotb has traveled to places like Southeast Asia to cover the effects of the 2004 tsunami and war-torn Myanmar. Kotb has co-anchored specials, like the MSNBC one on race, “Shades of Hope…Shadows of Hate.”

In 2010, Kotb won a News & Documentary Emmy for her coverage of “Miracle on the Hudson.” In 2006, she won a Peabody Award for her work on the hour-long documentary “The Education of Ms. Groves.” Kotb still works as a correspondent for Dateline.

In 2015, she landed her own radio show on SiriusXM, and she has also tried her hand at acting over the years. She most recently starred in Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, in which she played herself.

3. She Fought Breast Cancer

Hoda Kotb, who is eight years cancer-free, attends The Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s ‘Hot Pink Party.’ (Getty)

Kotb was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007 and kept it private until October 2007 when she opened up about her battle on Today in an interview with then-anchor Ann Curry. She was 43 and otherwise healthy—exercising regularly and eating right—at the time of her diagnosis, and had not had a mammogram, like most doctors recommend women do regularly once they reach age 40.

“It was her gynecologist who discovered three lumps in her breast during a routine checkup and insisted Hoda check it out.”

Kotb had a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. Rather than undergoing chemotherapy treatments, Kotb decided to take Tamoxifen, a sort of pill form of chemo that she would take every day for the next five years. While fighting cancer, the pill also interrupts the reproductive system.

“Every time I swallow those pills, the pills are doing two things to me. They’re fighting my cancer and they’re taking away any opportunity to ever have a kid…And I know when I swallow them what I’m doing every time. It’s hard to choke them down. It’s really hard to put them down. But I take them every day, every night,” Kotb told Today in 2007.

Kotb is nine years cancer free now and has been a part of several initiatives to raise awareness about the disease.

4. She Is Dating Joel Schiffman & the Couple Adopted a Daughter in 2017

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— Hoda Kotb (@hodakotb) June 5, 2016

Kotb has always been very open about her dating life, and told the world when she met someone special, although she wouldn’t reveal his name, until recently.

According to Us Weekly, Kotb announced the name of her Manhattan financier boyfriend, Joel Schiffman, on Today, showing a picture of the two of them.

For the couple’s one year anniversary, Schiffman bought Kotb a guitar.

“He bought me a guitar for our one-year and we are just having a blast playing with it,” Kotb told E! News.

The couple has been dating for over four years now, but Kotb doesn’t seem to want to get married. She has said, however, that it’s not out of the question.

“I have already done it once, so, unlikely, but really, whoever knows in life? …Life is so crazy, who knows? I have a dog now, and who would ever think that?” Kotb said during a chat with E! News.

In February 2017, Kotb and Schiffman adopted a baby girl. Haley Joy was welcomed into their family with open arms.

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Kotb was previously married to tennis coach Burzis Kanga from 2005 to 2007.

5. Her Net Worth Is at Least $4 Million

Hoda Kotb, who’s net worth is in the millions, speaks onstage at the L’Oreal Paris Women of Worth 2015 Celebration. (Getty)

Thanks to a successful career as a TV host and anchor, Kotb’s net worth is at least $4 million, according to TheRichest. However, other outlets—like Celebrity Net Worth—report that she is worth $12 million.

According to Celebrity Net Worth, her salary as a host of the fourth hour of Today is $2 million. Her salary for the additional two hours of Today was not made public.

In 2010, she moved from Manhattan’s Upper East Side to Hell’s Kitchen. Six years later, Kotb moved again, getting a home with Schiffman. The couple currently lives in New York City with their daughter.

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Hoda Kotb says the arrival of her adopted daughter reaffirmed her belief in god.

The ‘Today’ show co-host – whose Muslim parents moved to America from Egypt – gave a home to Haley Joy, now 21 months old, in February 2017 just a few days after she was born on Valentine’s Day.

Hoda decided to adopt after treatment for breast cancer 10 years earlier left her unable to conceive a baby and although her faith wavered as she face numerous trials in her personal life – including the end of her two-year marriage to tennis coach Burzis Kanga in 2008 – her daughter restored that.

In an interview with Arianna Huffington on the Thrive Global Podcast, she said: “We were just brought up to believe in God. We were all about that, and I feel like when you have a relationship with God, and I feel like I’ve had endless, countless, abundant conversations about it. Sometimes you think, can he hear me? Does he hear me? Am I just talking to myself? Is it for real?

“But, I think when Haley arrived, I didn’t have any doubt in that belief, when Haley arrived it was personified. Literally, when I watch her now, I just feel like she’s proof of everything. Like, everything. Yeah. She’s the best.

“At the time, I was going through a separation that would lead to a divorce. It was like, horrible things were happening at the same time, and I kept thinking this is an avalanche of pain. How do people, how does anyone deal with this?”

Before becoming a mother to Haley, Hoda had resigned herself to never being a parent and had started to investigate different careers away from television which could fulfill her craving to nurture young people.

The 54-year-old presenter – who is in a long-term relationship with Joel Schiffman – said: “I talked to myself and I said, ‘You have so many blessings in your life, here’s something you don’t get. You don’t get children. It’s not the end of the world. You have great nieces.’ I always wanted to teach little kids. As soon as I’m done with this job at the ‘Today’ show, I’m going to teach first and second graders. I said I’m going to fill it. I wanted to start a summer camp for kids. I had a million kid-related dreams, so I said, ‘I will be able to fulfill that. I just can’t have my own.’ ”

The Today show is rumored to be rife with feuding, as a new report claims that Hoda Kotb refuses to even speak to Megyn Kelly anymore.

A report from InTouch Weekly claims that the show’s hosts are in a growing feud that started with Kelly’s anger over being passed over for Matt Lauer’s lead anchor job. The report noted that Kelly’s “arrogant” attitude has created a rift with the show’s other anchors, which was clear to witnesses at the NBC Upfronts back in mid-May.

“Hoda and Savannah were standing close to each other and laughed as they exited the stage,” a source told the outlet, adding that “Megyn fell back behind them.”

A source claimed that Hoda Kotb feels emboldened by her rising status on the show and isn’t playing nice with Megyn Kelly anymore. There is apparently some tension given that Kelly makes nearly four times as much as Hoda, even while Megyn’s ratings are steadily sinking.

“Hoda’s star has risen while Megyn’s has fallen,” the source claimed. “She’s ready to exercise her newfound power by telling to get with the program. The feud has turned nasty.”

Some of Hoda’s resentment spilled over when network executives tried to look into why Megyn’s ratings were on the decline. When Hoda was asked what the problem might be, she reportedly replied bluntly — Megyn Kelly isn’t relatable.

It’s not clear how much truth there might be to the newest Today show rumors. The show has been a popular target for tabloid reports, especially since Megyn Kelly joined. After a difficult roll-out to her show last year, there were reports that the network brass was looking for a way to cut her loose, but she remains solidly entrenched in the 9 a.m. hour.

And though her ratings have dipped, Megyn Kelly has still brought a deeper level of political acumen to the show, along with much of the following she developed at Fox News. Kelly has remained an outspoken critic of Donald Trump, including slamming the White House this week for growing angry over comedian Samantha Bee calling Ivanka Trump a derogative word.

“I know the media writers, and so on, there’s definitely a double standard when the woman under attack is a Republican versus a Democrat. It shouldn’t be,” she said on Megyn Kelly TODAY’s Twitter page. “But it’s also the height of hypocrisy for the Trump White House to be saying there’s a double standard. When it comes to — they’re upset about a sexist, crude remark? The Trump White House. Are they kidding me?”

Megyn Kelly Goes For The Jugular On Samantha Bee: ‘Hate Is Hate’ https://t.co/RGHrht7GT3 pic.twitter.com/E0Utd18DkO

— The Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) May 31, 2018

While the rumors may point to strife on the set of the Today show, there is no indication that either Megyn Kelly or Hoda Kotb are in any trouble with the network.