Hoda Kotb

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Kotb in 2010, photo by Prphotos

Place of Birth: Norman, Oklahoma, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 9, 1964

Ethnicity: Egyptian

Hoda Kotb is an American broadcast journalist, television personality, and author. She has co-hosted the show Today since 2018.

Her parents, Sameha Mahmoud Kotb and Abdel Kader Kotb, were born in Egypt, with her father, a fossil energy specialist, being from Cairo. Her name, Hoda, is Arabic, and means guidance, while her surname is a common Egyptian surname meaning pole, as in North or South Pole. She was raised in Egypt, Nigeria, West Virginia, Virginia, and Louisiana.

Hoda has two children, who are adopted.

Hoda’s paternal grandfather was named Mohamed Katb Eissa.

Hoda’s paternal grandmother was named Sekina Abdel Kader Mohamed.

Kotb in 2009, Rena Schild / Shutterstock.com

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70 Responses

  1. Coneicon says:

    It’s sad when people have no clue their origins nor ancestry. Don’t these people talk to their great grand parents? That’s Americans for ya! My ethnicity is one and the same and comes from one area of the world and none of my ancestors ever interbred as that was neither a thing nor possible back then, LOL!!!!

  2. Coneicon says:

    I always thought she was Black. Egyptian? This is new to me. She has strong African features. Possibly Egyptian by passport only, eh?! Remember when Paula Abdul was Black? Now, all of a sudden she is Syrian. Never saw her as Black back then but we had to accept it. Times change. Anyone remember her being Black??

  3. danishcookie7 says:

    If I saw her on the street I would assume she’s either a light skin African American or Creole.

    • midori29 says:

      There are black Egyptians. Hoda was in Essence magazine and described as a prominent black woman in the media. People forget that there are millions of black Egyptians. Black nubians are native to Egypt.

      • muricansareallmutts says:

        Loooool Egyptians ARE black they’re lighter than Subsaharian Africans but still black as skin color they come from dark brown to olive to white and they have thick features they’re —— —– they have the Semitic face being them Levantine.
        Kotb is clearly Arab.

      • Coneicon says:

        Midori: again!!!! This is a site for ETHNICITY!!! There is no such thing as “Black Egyptians”. There is such a thing as Blacks (Africans) and Egyptians (North Africans). You’re either one or the other. If you are Black and invaded Egypt, then your grandkids get a passport claiming them to be Egyptian. It does not change their DNA. Same here. Class dismissed!

  4. bablah says:


    Hoda’s paternal grandparents were Mohamed Katb Eissa and Sekina Abdel Kader Mohamed.

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