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Hoda Kotb
Born Hoda Kotb
August 7, 1964 (1964-08-07) (age 45)
Norman, Oklahoma, U.S.
Education Virginia Tech
Occupation Television Personality
Ethnicity Egyptian[1]
Notable credit(s) Dateline NBC   (1998–)
Your Total Health   (2004–)
Today Show   (2007–)
Official website

Hoda Kotb (pronounced /ˈhoʊdə ˈkuːtəb/; born August 9, 1964), briefly known professionally as /ˈkɒtbiː/,[citation needed] is an American television news anchor, originally from Norman, Oklahoma.

Kotb is Egyptian-American.[2] In Arabic, the name "Hoda" means "guidance", and is very popular among Arab women. The last name "Kotb" means "pole", and is a common surname among Egyptians. The name is usually pronounced [ˈkutub]. For a period during her career she spelled her surname Kotbe to aid pronunciation of her surname, she now uses the original form, Kotb.[3]



Kotb was born in Norman, Oklahoma, but grew up in Morgantown, West Virginia[4]. She graduated from Fort Hunt High School in Alexandria, Virginia in 1982. She graduated in 1986 from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Arts in broadcast journalism. She is a member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority.

Kotb underwent a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery in March 2007 for breast cancer, and has since become an advocate for breast cancer awareness.[5] Kotb allowed Today Show cameras to follow her throughout her cancer ordeal and, after she was announced cancer-free, her story was documented on the show.

She was the keynote speaker at her alma mater for the 2008 Virginia Tech graduation, where she played "Enter Sandman" over her iPod [6].



Kotb is the recipient of a number of awards, including the 2008 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award and the Peabody Award in 2006 for her Dateline NBC report, "The Education of Ms. Groves."

The four-time Emmy nominee also won the 2004 Headliner Award, the 2003 Gracie Award, and the 2002 Edward R. Murrow Award.


  1. ^ "Q&A with Hoda Kotb". MSNBC. 2007. Retrieved 2008-12-11. 
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  3. ^ Clarification on names added to page at request of subject's mother, Feb. 20, 2009 to correct a tabloid's erroneous statement that Kotb's birth name was Choda Kotb.
  4. ^ Kimberly Brown (2008). "'Today' show anchor to inspire young journalists at WVU May Commencement". West Virginia University. Retrieved 2009-05-01. 
  5. ^ Hoda Kotb (2008). "Your life after cancer is better than the one before". MSNBC. Retrieved 2008-12-11. 
  6. ^ Greg Esposito (2008). "At Tech graduation, laughs to leave by". The Roanoke Times. Retrieved 2009-05-01. 

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