Before Moving to NYC, ‘Today’ Star Hoda Kotb Was Just a Small Town Girl
All about Hoda Kotb! Since the Today star adopted her daughter, Haley, in February 2017 and became co-anchor of Today alongside Savannah Guthrie in January 2018, many fans have burning questions about Hoda, her nationality, upbringing, relationships, and family. So, we’ve rounded up the answers! Scroll down for a few fascinating facts about Hoda!
What nationality is Hoda Kotb?
Hoda is Egyptian American. Though the TV star was born in Norman, OK and grew up in both Morgantown, WV and Alexandria, VA, her parents — A.K. Kotb and Sameha Kotb — were born in Egypt and immigrated to the US.
How tall is Hoda Kotb?
Hoda is five feet and nine inches tall. Sometimes it’s hard to tell since she’s sitting down a lot on Today. Did you think she was taller or shorter?
How old is Hoda Kotb?
Hoda was born on Aug. 9, 1964, so that makes her 53 years old today.
Does Hoda Kotb have siblings?
Yes! Hoda has two siblings — a brother, Adel, and a sister, Hala.
Where did Hoda Kotb go to college?
After Hoda graduated from Fort Hunt High School in Alexandria, VA in 1982, she attended Virginia Tech. During college, Hoda was a member of Delta Delta Delta Women’s Sorority. She graduated from Virginia Tech in 1986 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcast journalism.
Does Hoda Kotb have kids?
Yes! Hoda recently adopted her first child, daughter Haley Joy Kotb. “It’s a baby girl! That little girl, Haley Joy… I’m crying… is my daughter! I adopted her,” Hoda revealed to her Today co-stars in late February.
“I wake up sometimes and go, ‘Oh my God, I have a baby!’ But it feels totally real,” Hoda said at the time. “I guess if you’ve been waiting this long for something, and you wish for it, pray for it, hope for it, wonder if it will ever be, and then it happens, nothing’s more real. Nothing.”
“It’s one of those things where you think you’ve done it all, you think you’ve felt it all,” she added. “But I just didn’t know that this kind of love existed.”
Is Hoda Kotb married?
No, but she is in a serious relationship with her longtime boyfriend, Joel Schiffman! Hoda and the 59-year-old NYC financier began dating in 2013, recently moved in together, and may get married soon! Though Hoda adopted her daughter as a single mom, the Today star confessed Joel will help raise Haley and the little girl will call him “Dad.”
If Hoda and Joel do tie the knot, it would be the journalist’s second marriage. She was previously hitched to the University of New Orleans tennis coach Burzis Kanga from 2005 until 2007.
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Did Hoda have cancer?
Yes. Hoda was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2007 and underwent a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery to treat the disease. In a recent interview, Hoda revealed she is unable to conceive a baby naturally due to her cancer battle, so she pursued adoption to become a mom.