Kristen Karen Lising Davila-Sta. Ana[1] (Tagalog pronunciation: [ˈdɐbɪla]; born November 21, 1970[a]) is a Filipino journalist and news anchor.

Karen Davila
Kristen Karen Lising Davila[1]

(1970-11-21) November 21, 1970 (age 53)[a]
Manila, Philippines
Alma materUniversity of the Philippines Diliman
  • Broadcast journalist
  • television news anchor
  • radio presenter
  • newspaper columnist
Years active1994–present
Daryl Jake "DJ" Sta. Ana
(m. 2001)
RelativesWil Dasovich (nephew)
YouTube information
ChannelsKaren Davila
Years active2021–present
Genre(s)Life stories, motivational stories, guest interviews
Subscribers1.92 million
Total views261 million
NetworkB617 Management & Enterprise (since 2021)
100,000 subscribers

Last updated: 25 April 2024

Early life


Davila went to high school at the Colegio San Agustin – Makati, where she was batchmates with Kris Aquino and Pinky Webb.[5] She took a degree of Bachelor of Arts major in Mass Communication at the University of the Philippines Diliman in Quezon City.[2]



As a professional journalist, she has received awards internationally, including an award from the New York Festival and the Ten Outstanding Young Men Awards for Broadcast Journalism in 2008. She has more than 20 awards in the professional journalism field from both local and international organizations. She was one of People Asia magazine's "People of the Year" in 2013. She was also recognized by the Philippine Senate as one of the Outstanding Women in the Nation's Service (TOWNS). Esquire magazine named her the "Sexiest Woman Alive" in 2015, citing beauty and brains as the sheer formula for the declaration.[2][6][7]

Personal life


Davila is married to DJ Sta. Ana since July 22, 2001, with two children: David and Lucas.[8][9] She is an advocate for people with special needs, children's rights, government transparency, and journalism.[10]

She is the aunt of Filipino-American actor and YouTube content creator Wil Dasovich.

Davila announced on January 9, 2022, during her conversation with Filipino physician Tony Leachon in her ANC program, Headstart, that she and her family caught COVID-19, although she indicated that they were recovering from the disease.[11] On January 15, she posted on Instagram that she and her fellow TV Patrol anchors Alvin Elchico and Gretchen Fullido have survived COVID-19.[12] On her 52nd birthday, she revealed on Instagram that she had recovered from COVID-19 for a second time.[13]




Year Title Role Network
1995–2000 Brigada Siete[14] Reporter GMA Network
1995–1998 Saksi Anchor
1998 Reporter
1999–2000 Extra Extra[15] Host
2000–2003 ABS-CBN Headlines Anchor ABS-CBN
2003–2004 ABS-CBN Insider
2000–2010 The Correspondents Host
2004–2010; 2021–present TV Patrol Anchor ABS-CBN / All TV / A2Z / ANC / Kapamilya Channel / Prime TV / TeleRadyo Serbisyo
2010–2020 Bandila ABS-CBN
2010–present Headstart with Karen Davila Host ANC
2012–2013 Engkwentro ABS-CBN
2013–2015; 2015–2020 My Puhunan
2015 3-in-1
2021 The World Tonight Anchor ANC / Kapamilya Channel
2023–present My Puhunan: Kaya Mo! Host A2Z / Kapamilya Channel


Year Title Role Station
2000–2018 Pasada Sais Trenta Anchor DZMM


  1. ^ a b A post in 2021 confirmed Davila's birthday as November 21,[3] while another post in 2020 confirmed that she celebrated her 50th birthday in 2020,[4] thus making 1970 as her birth year.


  1. ^ a b Karen Davila Funny Reaction After Finding Out She & Lyca Share Same Birthday
  2. ^ a b c "Karen Davila Biography - PINOYSTOP". Archived from the original on June 30, 2019. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  3. ^ "'OMG, it's our birthday': Karen Davila, Lyca Gairanod celebrate through charity project". Rappler. Retrieved September 17, 2023.
  4. ^ "Karen Davila donates 50 bikes for her 50th birthday". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved September 17, 2023.
  5. ^ "Colegio San Agustin holds Batch '88 homecoming". Yahoo! Philippines. August 4, 2013. Archived from the original on September 21, 2017. Retrieved September 20, 2017.
  6. ^ "Inspiring Woman: Karen Davila". February 10, 2016. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  7. ^ "Karen Davila named 'Sexiest Woman Alive'". Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  8. ^ "Karen Davila's son gets into UP Fine Arts". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved September 17, 2023.
  9. ^ "Karen Davila reveals traumatic experience with family in Siargao". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved September 17, 2023.
  10. ^ "Karen Davila: The Broadcaster as Fashionista - the Philippine Star » Lifestyle Features » Fashion and Beauty". Archived from the original on September 13, 2012. Retrieved February 2, 2022.
  11. ^ Gonzales, Cathrine (January 7, 2022). "Karen Davila says she and her family contracted COVID-19". Retrieved January 25, 2022.
  12. ^ Plaza, Marane A. (January 17, 2022). "Karen Davila: All 'TV Patrol' anchors are COVID-19 survivors". The Philippine Star. Retrieved January 25, 2022.
  13. ^ Pasajol, Anne (November 21, 2022). "Karen Davila revearls second bout with COVID-19 on 52nd birthday". Retrieved January 6, 2023.
  14. ^ Brigada Siete - The Ozone Disco Tragedy - Full Episode, retrieved January 29, 2024
  15. ^ "15 TV News Reports with Controversial Network Transfers". Retrieved July 2, 2021.