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Fast Facts

  • Both her parents were Egyptian.
  • After college, moved to Cairo to stay with relatives and ended up getting a job with CBS in their Egyptian offices as a news assistant.
  • Worked as an anchor for WWL, a CBS affiliate in New Orleans, from 1992 to '98.
  • Joined Dateline NBC as a correspondent in 1998.
  • Survived breast cancer in 2007.
  • Spoke at her alma mater Virginia Tech's graduation ceremonies in 2008.
  • Wrote the autobiography Hoda: How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair, Cancer, and Kathie Lee in 2010.


  • Burzis Kanga — Ex-husband
  • Sami Kotb — Mother
  • A.K. Kotb — Father
  • Jay Blumenkopf — Ex-significant Other
  • Adel Kotb — Brother
  • Hala — Sister


  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia, United States (BA in Broadcast Journalism, 1986)

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  • Birth Place: Norman, Oklahoma, United States
  • Profession: Television personality

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