Karen Davila is a multi-awarded broadcast journalist with 24 years of television and radio experience in the Philippines, having won the much coveted TOYM (The Outstanding Young Men) Awards for Broadcasting in 2008 and TOWNS (The Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service) Award for Broadcasting in 2013.
Last 2010, Karen was chosen as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, an honor given to young exceptional professionals below 40 years of age. This has allowed Karen to take exclusive leadership courses at the Harvard Kennedy School, Yale, and Lee Kwan Yew School of Government. She has moderated televised sessions for the World Economic Forum East Asia Summits in Manila and Jakarta.
She started her broadcasting career as an investigative journalist and reporting and writing documentaries, winning the UNICEF Child Rights Award for her documentary on Children in Jail, a silver medal for the New York TV and Film Awards for her documentary on children and street drugs.
As a contributor for CNN Special Report in 1999, she was awarded the Bronze Medal for her environmental report on the Marinduque Mine Spill. She has won numerous local awards including Rotary Club’s Journalist of the Year in 2004 and several accolades from UST, UP, and De La Salle Award giving bodies. She is a Hall of Fame Awardee with the Anak TV Awards, consistently considered as a top role model for the youth.
Today, she can be seen in three live daily TV and radio programs—interviewing newsmakers on Headstart, a news talk show that airs 8-9 am on the ABS-CBN News Channel or ANC; anchors a political radio talk show in Tagalog on DZMM 630 every 430 in the afternoon and is a news anchor for BANDILA, the late night newscast on ABS-CBN. At present, she also hosts and writes for a weekly news magazine TV show, called MY PUHUNAN, an inspiring business program that features rags to riches stories on ordinary Filipinos hitting it big thru entrepreneurship.
She is a social media influencer, having more than 3 million followers on Twitter and more than 400,000 followers on Instagram.
As a volunteer, she has involved herself with Habitat for Humanity and World Vision in the last 10 years as an advocate for women and children.