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Reporting from Rio

PHOTO: JEN LONG/TODAY (KOTB)

Hoda Kotb is accustomed to sizable audiences, but in August 2016, she gained the largest of her career, as an estimated 30 million viewers watched her co-host the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics for NBC. Kotb joined co-anchors Matt Lauer and Meredith Viera in providing commentary during the Parade of Nations.

Also while in Rio, Kotb reported on the Olympics for NBC Sports and co-hosted the Today show. She is usually seen on morning television as the co-host of the fourth hour of the Today show, a role she has served since 2007.

Kotb joined NBC News as a correspondent in 1998, just a dozen years after earning her communication degree from Virginia Tech..