Hoda and Jane

Jane Lorenzini became fast friends with Hoda Kotb when they worked in Ft. Meyers, Florida together early in their careers. So naturally Hoda wanted Jane to write her memoir: HODA, How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair, Cancer, and Kathie Lee.

Jane was the speaker for the February Barnes and Noble 2701 store’s Writers Night. I facilitated that meeting for Robbie, and I love attending these gatherings and getting the inside scoop on writing and publishing…and other stuff like the cool story of how Hoda started dating this man named Jay. You just wouldn’t believe…

Jane Lorenzini

Hoda is the cohost of Today and has also been a Dateline NBC correspondent since 1998. Jane is currently a freelance writer. She reported and anchored television news for 15 years. She has known Hoda for 20 years.

Jane begins Hoda’s story by telling how in Greenville, Mississippi (my old stomping ground!), an old black woman walked up to Hoda, cupped Hoda’s face in her hands, and asked, “What is you?” Hoda’s family is Egyptian. She shares about her family and her life story in this memoir, as told to Jane. And Jane even got a byline. And it’s a great book cover!

Mary Ann Weakley, Jane Lorenzini, Kathy Rhodes