In 2017, Hoda Kotb became a mom of an adopted daughter, Haley Joy. The Today Show anchor is raising her little girl with boyfriend Joel Schiffman; the two have been dating for a few years.
Kotb is 53 years old, and says that her chance to be a mother came “right on time.” She shares that many of the big milestones she’s experienced have come later in her life. For instance, she was afforded the role of coanchor of The Today Show after Matt Lauer was fired due to alleged sexual misconduct. Kotb, along with Savannah Guthrie, are the first all-female co-anchor pair for the first two hours of The Today Show.
Hoda Kotb shares that her recent job opportunity came as a result of a negative situation, so she has mixed feelings about it. However, she states that she and Guthrie work well together and have a great dynamic.
Kotb also acknowledges that she has stepped into her recent promotion at the same time that the Time’s Up and Me Too movements are gaining popularity. These initiatives are focused on eliminating gender inequality and sexual harassment in the workplace.
The adopted mom shares that she realizes that her new role at The Today Show comes at the same time as these major movements in history. She shares that while she and Guthrie were doing an interview when a reporter pointed out that two women were hosting the show together. Kotb knew then that she and her coanchor were created a new norm.
As a result of adopting Haley Joy, Kotb has also published a children’s book, I’ve Loved You Since Forever, which is a celebration of the bond that parents have with their children.
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