Journalists are often privy to amazing stories and Hoda Kotb, Today show co-anchor, is no exception. Ms. Kotb has taken some of the most inspirational and put them into a book of stories about people who have undergone personal transformation against great odds.
That book is Ten Years Later, and she will visit Wilton Library on Friday, Jan. 18, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., to talk about it.
In her newly published book, Ms. Kotb tells of life-changing events that befell each of her subjects and then revisits them 10 years later.
One of those profiled is Amy Barnes who found herself horribly overweight and in an abusive relationship. Eventually, she escaped the relationship, lost 340 pounds, and now encourages women like her to cultivate their mental and physical strength.
Patrick Weiland was a network producer who won a Peabody at age 22 but later suffered from a drug addiction. Ms. Kotb portrays him as proving the power of a second chance.
No stranger to adversity herself, Ms. Kotb is a breast cancer survivor whose marriage ended in divorce.
“Ten Years Later is a firsthand testament to the enduring power of the human spirit,” a press release promoting the book said. “Through inspirational life stories, Hoda shows how adversity can unleash our best qualities: resilience, perseverance, gratitude, empathy, and creativity.”
Ms. Kotb has co-anchored the fourth hour of Today since 2007. She has also been a Dateline NBC correspondent since 1998. Her autobiography Hoda was on the New York Times best seller list. She has also won numerous awards including three Emmys, a 2006 Peabody Award and the 2002 Edward R. Murrow Award.
Admission to Ms. Kotb’s talk at the library is free, but registration is required. Visit wiltonlibrary.org and click on Events or call 1203-762-3950, ext. 213.
Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books.