TITLE: Hoda Kotb: 2010 Women's History Month Keynote Address
SPEAKER: Hoda Kotb
EVENT DATE: 2010/03/19
RUNNING TIME: 49 minutes
Broadcast journalist and television personality Hoda Kotb delivers the keynote address for the Library of Congress's month-long celebration of Women's History Month. The event is sponsored jointly by the Library's African and Middle Eastern Division and the Library of Congress Professional Association.
Speaker Biography: Hoda Kotb has co-hosted the fourth hour of NBC's "Today Show" since the show's debut in September 2007. A two-year breast cancer survivor, Kotb shared her story on "Today" and NBC Nightly News in October 2007. She received her bachelor's in broadcast journalism from Virginia Tech University. She began her career with CBS News as a news assistant in Cairo, Egypt, in 1986. Before joining NBC News in 1998, she served as a reporter or news anchor for CBS and ABC affiliates throughout the country. As a correspondent for "Dateline NBC" for more than a decade, 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. A former resident of New Orleans, she provided in-depth coverage of Hurricane Katrina and other natural disasters such as the 2004 Tsunami in Southeast Asia. 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, marking the first time in 11 years that the Burmese leader was interviewed by an American television network. Kotb has received numerous awards for excellence in journalism. They include the 2008 Gracie Award for Individual Achievement, the 2008 Alfred I. duPont -Columbia University award and the prestigious Peabody 2006 for her "Dateline NBC" report "The Education of Ms. Groves." The four-time Emmy nominee has won the 2004 Headliner Award, the 2003 Gracie Award and the 2002 Edward R. Murrow Award.