Adopting a child and giving that baby a pure love of parents would be a wonderful blessing for any orphan. Similarly, Egyptian American broadcast journalist Hoda Kotb and her fiancee Joel Schiffman are one of those parents who feel luckiest by adoption their youngest daughter, Hope Catherine Kotb.
Hoda currently works for the NBC News morning show Today as a main co-anchor. Let's take a little sneak peak about Hope and her family background in the following sections.
When Hope Kotb Was Adopted?
Hope Catherine Kotb who have celebrated her 1st birthday in 2020, was adopted in April 2019 by parents Hoda and Joel. The TV anchor announced the big news via phone on Tuesday’s episode on Today on 16th April.
Also, the show shared a similar photo of the family to their IG account, saying: “Congratulations are in order for @hodakotb, who adopted a second little girl, Hope Catherine, this week.” Thus, Hoda's journey to both first and second time motherhood is a touching one.
on April 13 2020, the journalist Kotb shared a heart touching Instagram tribute on the special day of Hope's first birthday in quarantine. She wrote: "Hope blooms this Easter! Happy bday Hope! #1". The Sesame Street-themed celebration was attended by Hope's parents and a big sister Haley, 3.
Hope Joins a Big Sister Haley Kotb
Yes, adoption has been a incredible and emotional journey for the TV journalist, Hoda. Before Hope, she and her partner Schiffman adopted their eldest daughter Haley Joy Kotb on February 21, 2017.
Haley was born on Valentined's Day 2017. During the adoption time, Hoda was 52. Two years earlier, she battled breast cancer at the age of 42. Then she first raised the idea of adoption after believing that parenthood would never be on the cards of her.
So she said her long term partner Joel she wanted to pursue adoption with him. Joyfully he agreed with her decisions and then adopted Haley. Since then, the parents of two have shared dozens of photos of her as proud parents and has been radiating happiness together.
Hoda and Joel's Engagement in 2019
56, Hoda and 62, Schiffman has been sparkling their love relationship since 2013. The lovebirds first met at an event for Wall Street professionals in the summer of 2013. After six years of together, they finally got enagaged on November 25, 2019.
The financier Joel popped down to one sandy knee during a Mexico vacation and said: "Would you be my wife?". Hoda said that she was totally shocked and he has a good poker face on her Today show, adding "My heart has literally been pounding."
So any plans for marriage? Prior to the pandemic, the couple was planning on tying the knot in a destination wedding in Mexico. The TODAY co-anchor said on People that she and Joel: “We haven’t thought about it too much, but we might do something like that. The place is special to us.
Hoda and Joel's Past Marriage
Before Schiffman, the 1.75 m tall broadcaster was previously married to her now estranged husband, Burzis Kanga in 2005. He is a retired University of New Orleans tennis coach.
The couple first met at a single’s event on Valentine’s Day in the early 2000s. But they ended their relationship in 2008 after being together for around three years. Like Kotb, the University of California's graduated Joel was also married once.
Schiffman shares a daughter named Kyle Schiffman with his divorced wife.