Share a ♥ LUV KiCK — 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.

People Who Kick Buts: With Hoda Kotb

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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.[7] 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.[8] 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.

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