Kathie Lee Gifford is the three time Emmy award winning co-host of the fourth hour of “TODAY,” alongside Hoda Kotb. The Gifford-Kotb hour has been hailed as “appointment television” by Entertainment Weekly, and “TODAY’s happy hour” by USA Today.
In 2014, Gifford penned the critically acclaimed “TODAY, the Musical,” featuring the hosts and crew of the show, and each month she writes a new song for the popular segment, Everyone Has a Story.
Prior to NBC News, Gifford served as the co-host of “Live with Regis and Kathie Lee” for 15 years, where she received 11 Emmy nominations. She was also a correspondent for “Good Morning America” for three years. In 2015 Gifford was inducted into the Broadcast & Cable Hall of Fame.
A playwright, producer, singer, songwriter and actress, Gifford has starred in numerous television programs and movies in her 40-year career. She has her own record label and has written several musicals including Broadway’s SCANDALOUS, which received a Tony nomination for Best Actress in 2012. Gifford also starred on Broadway in “Putting it Together” and “Annie.”
Gifford authored four NY Times bestselling books including “Just When I Thought I’d Dropped My Last Egg,” “I Can’t Believe I Said That,” “The Rock, The Road and the Rabbi”, and the popular children’s book “Party Animals.” She recently co-wrote and recorded “He Saw Jesus”, “Jesus is His Name” and “Love Me to Death.” She also launched GIFFT, a line of wine with the Scheid Family Vineyards in Monterey, CA.
Gifford lends support to numerous children’s organizations including Childhelp and the Association to Benefit Children, which spawned Cassidy’s Place and Cody House, named after her two children. A devoted humanitarian, she received an honorary degree from Marymount University for her humanitarian work in labor relations.
Gifford resides in Connecticut.