Hoda Kotb’s new book Hoda: How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair, Cancer and Kathie Lee unveils her most personal stories including her own battle with breast cancer at the same time she was divorcing her husband.
The 46-year-old journalist is now best known as the co-anchor on the fourth hou of the “Today” show with Kathie Lee Gifford’s. But the Peabody and Edward R. Murrow Award-winning correspondent for “Dateline NBC” has covered everything from hurricanes to wars.
Her 2005 marriage to UNO tennis coach Burzis Kanga ended a few short years later. They have no children. Reports implied that he had been unfaithful.
She was diagnosed with breast cancer in early 2007 and underwent a mastectomy and breast-reconstruction and has since become an advocate for breast cancer awareness.
Hoda 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.
“Kotb’s memoir of life on the road, on the air, and in the trenches is not only an absorbing inside look at the high-speed 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,” writes Carol Haggas.
Joan Rivers writes: “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.”
Hoda’s book is now available.