Who is Hoda Kotb?

A brief profile of Today Show fourth hour co-host Hoda Kotb

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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.

In 2009, Kotb told MediaBistro that - beyond talent and experience - a lot of her career path comes down to luck and timing.

"A lot of it was just timing and luck along with hard work. A lot of people work hard, but I think I got lucky with timing," she tells the news outlet.

Further, Kotb says she always wanted to be in television.

"I started off just wanting to do it because I liked the live element," she told MediaBistro. "I always thought newspapers were yesterday, and I like the current. I wasn't one of those people who thought, 'I'm going to be at the network by the time I'm 30.' I just lived where I lived, took the next step, and moved on."

Hoda Kotb joins 'The Today Show'

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.

Fast facts about Hoda Kotb

  • Kotb's name is Arabic and her first name means "guidance".
  • Was inspired by Barbara Walters and her groundbreaking interview of Anwar Sadat.
  • Enjoys working with Kathie Lee because she thinks Kathie Lee "is insane" and is willing to do just about anything.
  • Would go once a week with Kathie Lee to a Broadway show - until the duo saw everything.
  • Was the pledge trainer for her sorority, Delta Delta Delta at Virginia Tech.
  • Doesn't say she has a motto, but considers her mantra: "You can't scare me."
  • 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.
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