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Hoda Kotb ( ; born August 9, 1964), briefly known professionally as , is an Americanmarker television news anchor, originally from Norman, Oklahomamarker.

Kotb is Egyptian-American. 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 . For a period during her career she spelled her surnameKotbe to aid pronunciation of her surname, she now uses the original form, Kotb.


Kotb was born in Norman, Oklahomamarker, but grew up in Morgantown, West Virginiamarker. She graduated from Fort Hunt High School in Alexandria, Virginiamarker in 1982. She graduated in 1986 from Virginia Techmarker 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. 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 lightened the mood by playing "Enter Sandman" over her iPod .



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.


  2. 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.

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