People Who Kick Buts: With Hoda Kotb
There are two types of people: The ones who give you 50 reasons it can’t be done… and the ones who just do it.
- Born in Norman, Oklahoma and grew up in Margantown, West Virginia.
- Her parents are from Egypt. Kotb and her family lived in Egypt for a year, as well as Nigeria.
- In Arabic, the name “Hoda” means “guidance”, and is very popular among Arab women. The surname “Kotb” means “the pole”, as in North or South Pole, and is a common surname among Egyptians.
- In 1986, she graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Arts in broadcast journalism. She is a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority.
- Hoda is the Author of her New York Times Bestselling Book Hoda: How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair, Cancer, and Kathie Lee which was released in hardcover in October 2010.
- Kotb appears on the fourth hour of the Today Show. She co-hosts along with Kathie Lee Gifford. She has also been a correspondent for NBC’s Dateline since 1998.
- In 2005, Kotb married former U.N.O. tennis coach Burzis Kanga. The marriage ended in divorce two years later.
- In March 2007, Kotb underwent a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery for breast cancer, and has since become an advocate for breast cancer awareness. Kotb allowed Today Show cameras to follow her throughout her cancer battle. After she was announced cancer-free, her story was documented on the show.