The NBC Experience Store is proud to present Hoda Kotb signing her NY Times Best-selling book:“Hoda: How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair, Cancer, and Kathie Lee”
Book Signing Details
30 Rockefeller Plaza
NY NY 10112
Friday, July 22 – 9:00 A.M.
Hoda Kotb was named co-anchor of the fourth hour of “Today” in August 2007. She has also been a “Dateline NBC” correspondent since April 1998 and the host of the weekly syndicated series “Your Total Health” since September 2004. In her nine years at NBC, Kotb has covered a wide variety of domestic and international stories and has received numerous awards, including the 2008 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award and the prestigious Peabody in 2006 for her “Dateline NBC” report “The Education of Ms. Groves.” The four-time Emmy nominee also won the 2004 Headliner Award, 2003 Gracie Award and the 2002 Edward R. Murrow Award. She resides in New York City.
About the Author (courtesy of NBC)
Co-Host, Fourth Hour of “Today”
Correspondent, “Dateline NBC”
Hoda Kotb is the co-host of the fourth hour of NBC’s “Today.” She began hosting the 10 a.m. hour when it debuted in September 2007, and she currently hosts alongside Kathie Lee Gifford. Kotb has also been a “Dateline NBC” correspondent since April 1998.
Kotb has covered a wide variety of domestic and international stories across all NBC News platforms as well as numerous human-interest stories and features. She covered in-depth, the aftermath and one year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, a story personal to Kotb who lived in New Orleans for six years. She has reported on the war in Iraq, the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, and the War on Terror in Afghanistan. Kotb conducted an exclusive interview with Aung San Suu Kyi, an internationally recognized leader of Burma, marking the first time in 11 years that Suu Kyi was interviewed by an American television network.
Kotb traveled to Southeast Asia to cover the devastating effects of the 2004 Tsunami, and she traveled to war-torn Burma, led secretly by rebel soldiers, to report the complete story on 12-year-old twin warriors who were said to have magical powers. Kotb also co-anchored an MSNBC special on race, “Shades of Hope…Shadows of Hate,” which was reported from Birmingham, Ala. at the former site of a Klan bombing.
Kotb is a two-year breast cancer survivor and has been a part of several initiatives to raise awareness about the disease. Diagnosed in March 2007, she shared her story on “Today” in October 2007.
Kotb has received numerous awards including the 2008 Gracie Award for Individual Achievement, the 2008 Alfred I. duPont –Columbia University award and the prestigious Peabody 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.
Prior to joining NBC News, Kotb worked at WWL-TV, the CBS affiliate in New Orleans, La. where she served as an anchor and reporter for the 10 p.m. news broadcast (1992-98). She was a weekend anchor and reporter for WINK-TV in Fort Myers, Fla. (1989-91). Prior to that, Kotb was a morning anchor and general assignment reporter for WQAD-TV, the ABC affiliate in Moline, Ill., and an anchor for WXVT-TV, the CBS affiliate in Greenville, Miss., (1986-89). Kotb began her broadcast career with CBS News as a news assistant in Cairo, Egypt (1986).
Kotb graduated from Virginia Tech University with a Bachelor of Arts in broadcast journalism. She resides in New York City.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
She’s just like the rest of us: Over-stuffed purse, always losing keys, high-maintenance hair, snack guilt after an evening binge. But, she’s something different, too. Hoda Kotb grew up in two cultures—one where summers meant playing at the foot of the ancient pyramids and another where she met her junior prom date at the local 7-Eleven to spare her date the glare of her conservative Egyptian parents. She’s traveled the globe for network television, smuggling video tapes in her shoes and watching her step along roads riddled with land mines. She’s weathered the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, plus a personal Category 5 as well: divorce and breast cancer in the same year. And if that’s not scary enough, she then began co-hosting the fourth hour of Today with Kathie Lee Gifford. (Oh, c’mon, KLG! That’s funny . . . put down the huge pour of Chardonnay and laugh with us.)
HODA: How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair, Cancer, and Kathie Lee (Simon & Schuster Trade Paperbacks; July 19, 2011; $15.00) reads just like Hoda—light, funny, positive, and positively inspiring
“Hoda Kotb is a wonderful storyteller. Hilarious, honest and inspiring, you will marvel as she describes her family’s roots in Egypt, and their American sojourn which leads her to the career of her dreams. This book is a manual for overcoming obstacles and living life with passion and purpose. I loved it. Hoda is the working girl’s Cleopatra. She rules!”
— Adriana Trigiani, New York Times bestselling author of Brava, Valentine and Lucia, Lucia
“This is the Hoda I know. She’s written this book the way she lives: out loud and up-front. She has written about the stuff of all of our lives. . . love, loss. . . and what she wore!”
— Brian Williams, anchor of NBC Nightly News
“Kinda kooky, Open and outrageous, Tremendously talented, Born to write. . .Kotb’s voice is as distinctive as her name. Hoda’s life story makes for a great read. Hurry out and get your ‘kotb’ today!”
— Meredith Viera, cohost of NBC’s The Today Show
“It ain’t all about the reporting y’all. Ain’t nothin’ that can stop Hoda. This gal has more guts than a super hero. She does it all and she does it with class. Now she has a delicious book on her hands. Next, we’ll use those super powers to teach her how to cook!”
— Paula Deen, New York Times bestselling author of Paula Deen’s The Deen Family Cookbook
“A smart, striking, and sassy memoir. Despite her extraordinary life and success, Hoda Kotb is as real as they come, and if I can’t be her, I at least want to read about her. You won’t know whether to laugh or cry (I did plenty of both), but Hoda’s stories–like the woman behind them–are guaranteed to charm and inspire.”
— Emily Giffin, New York Times bestselling author of Something Borrowed and Heart of the Matter
“Hoda writes the way she lives: honestly, intelligently and beautifully. No matter how her hair looks. And the reader can tell no matter what she’s sharing at the moment that she is smiling that big Hoda smile. You will too.”
— Kathie Lee Gifford, New York Times bestselling author of Just When I Thought I’d Dropped My Last Egg: Life and Other Calamities
“I love Hoda. She’s reported on the most dangerous, history-making stories of our time; made it to the Today show; survived cancer; survived a bad marriage, and she’s the only woman with more opinions than me. Who cares? You will after reading the first sentence of this page-turning memoir.”
— Joan Rivers
“Kotb’s voice is as infectiously enthusiastic as her trademark smile, each episode imbued with stalwart courage and sincere charm. From her fondness for the music of James Taylor to her fierce loyalty to New Orleans, Kotb’s memoir of life on the road, on the air, and in the trenches is not only an absorbing inside look at the highspeed world of high-stakes journalism, it is also one charismatic woman’s story of how a can-do attitude and caring family have provided the foundation and support for an exhilarating life.”