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Hoda Kotb Biography

Hoda Kotb
  • Age: 53 years old
  • Birth Nation: United States of America
  • Height: 5 Feet 9 Inch
  • Birth Sign: Leo
  • Name: Hoda Kotb
  • Father: A.K. Kotb
  • Mother: Sameha Kotb
  • Nationality: American
  • Birth Place/City: Norman, Oklahoma, United States
  • Ethnicity: Egyptian-American
  • Profession: Writer, Anchor
  • Working For: Co-host of Today
  • Body Measurements: N/A
  • Married: Yes
  • Married to: Burzis Kanga (m. 2005–2007)
  • Children: N/A
  • Divorce: Yes
  • Education: graduated from Virginia Tech in broadcast journalism
  • Awards: Daytime Emmy award of 2010
  • Online Presence: Wikipedia, Twitter
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Hoda Kotb is the co-host of Today which is a famous television show. She is an anchor and a television personality of United States of America. She currently appears on the Today Show alongside  Kathie Lee Gifford, Al Roker, Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Carson Daly

Early Life

She was born on August 4, 1964. Kotb was born to Egyptian parents- Sameha Kotb and A. K. Kotb and she lived in Egypt with her parents for some years of her life. She was born in Norman Oklahoma of America. Her name Hoda means ‘guidance’ in Arabic and last name ‘Kotb’ means pole. At the beginning of her career, she spelled her last name as ‘Kotbe’. Hoda did this to avoid difficulty in pronunciation, after a period she started writing her name in its original form- Kotb.


She went to Virginia Tech in the year 1986 for her Bachelor's degree. She graduated from Virginia Tech in broadcast journalism. At Virginia Tech, she was the member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority. During the graduation at Virginia Tech in 2008, she was the keynote speaker.


The famous TV host who appears on the fourth hour of Today has also been a correspondent of NBC’s Dateline. She has also made appearances in many other shows. In 1986 she was the news assistant in Cairo, Egypt of CBS News. She worked as a morning anchor and as an assignment reporter for WQAD-TV from 1986 to 1989. After which she was the weekend anchor and reporter at WWL-TV for two years. From 2004-2007, she was the host of the series ‘Your Total Health’.

Personal Life

Hoda Kotb is married to Burzis Kanga. Burzis is a former U.N.O tennis coach and married Kotb in 2005. Burzis and Hoda Kotb got divorced after two years of their marriage. In the same year, Hoda went through a major reconstructive surgery for breast cancer. She has been advocating for breast cancer awareness, her cancer battle has been covered on the Today Show. The story of her successful cancer battle has been documented in the same show.


She is the writer of two books. Her books are Hoda: How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair, Cancer and Kathie Lee, Ten Years Later: Six People Who Faced Adversity and Transformed their Lives. Her first book was New York Times Bestselling Book. Her first book was released in October 2010 and her second book was released on January 15, 2013. She is the winner of Daytime Emmy award of 2010. She is 5.9'' tall. 

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