Hoda Kotb Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 19 Aug, 2018
Facts of Hoda Kotb
Date of Birth: 1964 , August-9
Age: 54 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
Height: 5 Feet 9 Inch
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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Emmy Award winning journalist, television personality, actress, and TV host, Hoda Kotb is a longtime news contributor and personality for NBC. She was named co-host of the opening hours of the network's flagship morning program, Today in January 2018. 

Besides, Kotb is also a writer, who wrote the autobiography Hoda: How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair, Cancer, and Kathie Lee in 2010.

Early Life And Education Of Hoda Kotb

Hoda Kotb was born on August 4, 1964 in  Norman, Oklahoma, the United States under the birth sign Leo. She was born to Egyptian parents- Sameha Kotb and A. K. Kotb and she lived in Egypt. 

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 the Virginia Tech in the year 1986 for her Bachelor's degree. She graduated from the 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.

Hoda Kotb's Career

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.

Kotb has also appeared as herself in a number of television shows, including 30 Rock, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce.

Kotb 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.

Hoda Kotb's Net Worth, Slaray and Income 

As of 2018, Hoda Kotb has an estimated net worth of  $12 million, according to celebritynetworth.com. After her promotion, her salary salary could be up to $7 million a year. which is reportedly the same as Guthrie’s salary, as oer Hollywood Reporter. 

Hoda along with Shelley Adelson donated $1,000, daughter of casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, tossed in $10,000.The data concerning her Insurance is hidden in any social sites.

Hoda Kotb's Personal Life

Hoda Kotb is married to Burzis Kanga. Burzis is a former U.N.O tennis coach and married Kotb in 2005. They first met in February 14th or in lovers term, Valentine's Day. 

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.

Currently, she is in a relationship with Joel Schiffman. They are often seen together, from Star Warsshow to Rangers’ match. On 21st February 2017, she  adopted a baby girl, Haley Joy Kotb. She announced her adaptation on the Today Show.

Hoda was in a relationship with lawyer Jay BlumenkopfHowever, their relationship ended when Jay stated that he had no intention of getting married.


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.