Kathie Lee Gifford 

Though probably best known for her 15 years on TV’s “Regis and Kathie Lee,” Kathie Lee Gifford is also a successful actress, singer, songwriter, playwright, author and philanthropist. She made her Broadway debut in 2000 in Stephen Sondheim’s “Putting It Together,” and in 2005 her first musical, “Under The Bridge” (book/lyrics and contributing composer), opened off Broadway. In 2012, her musical “Scandalous” (book/lyrics) received a Tony Award nomination. 

Gifford is the New York Times best-selling author of many books. In 2014, she self-published “Good Gifts, One Year in the Heart of a Home” with more than $1 million in sales going directly to the Salvation Army’s Red Box Campaign. She is also a long-time supporter of the Association to Benefit Children’s Cody House and Cassidy's Place, which provide a transitional home for infants and children who have severe disabilities and serious medical problems.

Hoda Kotb 

A television news anchor, author and philanthropist, Hoda Kotb began hosting the 10 a.m. hour of “Today” when it debuted in 2007. She has also been a “Dateline NBC”correspondent since 1998. A New York Times best-selling author, Kotb just released her third book, “Where We Belong: Journeys That Show Us the Way.” 

Kotb has received numerous broadcast awards, including a Gracie Award for Individual Achievement, the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award, a Peabody and an Edward R. Murrow Award. She is a seven-year breast-cancer survivor and has been part of several initiatives to raise awareness about the disease.

Last Modified: 7/18/16