Though she was born in Norman, Okla., Today Show co-host Hoda Kotb surely considers herself more of a West Virginian, where she grew-up. She graduated from Virginia Tech with a bachelor's in broadcast journalism.
Her first professional job was as a CBS news assistant in Egypt, where her parents are from. After a year in Cairo, Kotb returned to the states and worked as a local news anchor and general assignment reporter for stations in Mississippi, Illinois, Florida and Louisiana.
Kotb has been with NBC since 1992, serving as a Dateline NBC correspondent since 1998. She was named co-anchor of Today's fourth hour in August 2007 alongside Kathie Lee Gifford.
In 2007, Kotb revealed she had breast cancer and underwent a mastectomy. She kept a video diary after her diagnosis and shared it with Today viewers. "Cancer gave me the gift of being fearless," Kotb said about the mastectomy. "What I get from this whole horrible ordeal is 'You can't scare me.'"
Kotb has received numerous awards, including The four-time Emmy nominee also won.
- Kotb's name is Arabic and her first name means "guidance".
- Awards include: the 2008 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award and the prestigious Peabody in 2006 for her "Dateline NBC" report "The Education of Ms. Groves" and the 2004 Headliner Award, 2003 Gracie Award and the 2002 Edward R. Murrow Award.