After starting her career as a broadcaster at CBS news, she then works as an anchor and reporter for a local news station and then hosted weekly series Your Total Health from the year 2004 to 2008. So, without any delay let’s get into the topic- Five facts about Hoda Kotb.
Hoda Kotb was born in 1986 in Norman, Oklahoma. She is not only the child of her parents as she has a brother- Adel and a sister- Hala. Although she was born in Oklahoma, she grew up in West Virginia. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcast journalism.
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Hoda started her career as a general assignment reporter and morning news anchor for WQAD-TV. And from the year 1989 to 1991, she worked as a weekend anchor and reporter for WINK-TV in Florida.
Hoda also has been a Dateline NBC correspondent since 1998 and at present, she is the co-host of the 4th hour of NBC’s Today. From the year, 2004 to 2008, she was also the host of the weekly syndicated series- Your Total Health. In the year 2015, she tried out her luck in acting and started in Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce, where she played herself.
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In the year 2007, Hoda was diagnosed with breast cancer. She opened up about her battle with cancer during an interview with Ann Curry. Hoda has a reconstructive and mastectomy surgery. She could undergo chemotherapy treatment but she decided to take Tamoxifen- short of the pill form of chemo which she would take every day for the next 5 years.
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During the period of her fight with cancer, the pill she used interrupted the reproductive system. She shared with Today that the time that she swallows those pills, the pills were doing two different things to her. First, they were fighting with her cancer and next they were taking away the opportunity for her to be a mother. But she takes then every day and every night.
And finally, after 9 years, she became a part of many initiatives to raise much awareness about the diseases and was free from Cancer.
Hoda is in a relationship with boyfriend, Joel Schiffman since 2013. As the show, Today was very much careful to keep her relationship secret. As per the report of People magazine, Hoda and Schiffman met each other at a Wall Street event.
Well talking about Joel, he is an American financer based in Boston and New York City. He has married before but now it looks as if he is planning for his marriage with Hoda very soon. Both of them have been side by side for a very long time as they celebrated 4 years’ anniversary on 6 June 2017. S,o are they planning to get married? Well for that read the article below:
The couple dated each other for 4 years but Hoda doesn’t want to get married. During a chat with E! News, Hoda said,
“I have already done it once, so, unlikely, but really, whoever knows in life? …Life is so crazy, who knows? I have a dog now, and who would ever think that?”
And in Feb 2017, Hoda and Joel welcomed(adopted) a baby girl into their family. After her fight with cancer, she felt that she is missing something very important thing form her life and she asked Joel that she wanted to adopt a baby, he immediately was on board.
Hoda was married to her husband, Burzis Kanga in the year 2005 but soon after two years of their marriage, she filed a divorce in 2007. Talking about their first meet, they met each other in an event in New Orleans. It was Burzis who proposed her and tied the knot in Punta Cana.
Everything was going normal, but their marriage could not last forever as Hoda filed for divorce on Feb 15, 2007 and the divorce was finalized in Feburary6, 2008.
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