Kara David

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Kara David
Born Kara Patria David
(1973-09-12) September 12, 1973 (age 40)
Education University of the Philippines, Diliman (BA, MA)
Occupation Broadcast journalist
Television host
Years active 1997–present
Notable credit(s) i-Witness (2002–present)
News to Go (2012–present)
Power House (2013)
Children 1
Parents Randy David (father)
Karina Constantino-David (mother)
Website
http://karapatria.com/

Kara Patria David (born September 12, 1973) is a Filipino journalist and television host. She is the news anchor of News to Go at GMA Network, as well as a host and writer for i-Witness. She recently began hosting Power House. She is founder and president of Project Malasakit, a foundation that helps the people she has featured in her documentaries.[1]

David was the only woman named in 2007’s Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) award.[2] In 2010, she was awarded the Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service (TOWNS award).[3] David won the Peabody Award,[4] the second Filipino to win this award.

Biography[edit]

Kara Patria David was born on September 12, 1973 to Professor Emeritus Randy David of the University of the Philippines Diliman and former Chairperson of the Civil Service Commission Karina Constantino-David.[5][6] She graduated cum laude from the University of the Philippines, Diliman with the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Communication. She then worked as a production assistant and researcher for GMA Network in 1995. She was promoted as writer/researcher for the program “Emergency” and hosted “Huling Hirit”, a regular two-minute segment in the daily news doing adventure-oriented and inspiring features.

David also hosted several public affairs programs such as Case Unclosed, a documentary program that investigates unsolved cases and mysteries. She hosted OFW Diaries, a public service program that reaches out to Filipino overseas workers. Currently, she is the news anchor of News To Go, a morning news program on GMANewsTV.

Documentary films[edit]

David has almost a hundred documentaries to her name. In “Bitay” she helped stop the execution of a convict on death row. For this she was honored as Investigative Journalist of the Year by the Rotary Club of Manila. In the documentary “Selda Inosente”, David entered the world of children born and bred in prison. The film won her the UNICEF Child Rights Award, besting more than a hundred entries from all over the world.

In “Buto’t Balat” David explored the state of malnutrition in the country and the reality that extreme inequalities and the absence of a concrete and cohesive nutrition and population policy has resulted in a state not far from what occurs in Africa. For this documentary she was chosen as one of twenty finalists for the Japan Prize. She won a silver medal at the US International Film & Video Festival. It also won Best Social Awareness Program at the Asian Television Awards.

Ambulansyang de Paa is about the lack of access to health services of the Mangyan tribe, who live in Mindoro Oriental. David documented the plight of the Mangyans, who have to carry their sick in hammocks for eight hours just to get to the nearest hospital. This documentary won the Peabody Award. David is the second Filipino to win this recognition.[7]

In 2007, David was chosen as one of the Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) of the country and was honored as Broadcast Journalist of the Year. In 2011, she was chosen as one the Ten Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service (TOWNS).[8]

Project Malasakit[edit]

In 2002, David founded Project Malasakit – a non-stock non-profit foundation that sends poor Filipino children to school.[9] It embarks on community outreach programs that gives food, medicine and school supplies to remote communities that do not have access to basic government service.[10] Project Malasakit now has 15 scholars (most of them child laborers and victims of child abuse). It has helped more than 800 families through its quarterly outreach programs. David has also embarked on long-term projects for communities.

“Paraisong Uhaw”, her documentary on waterless communities in Masbate, has led to the construction of 10 water wells in the municipality of Balud. David and her Project Malasakit team also constructed a sustainable solar power facility in a community of Mangyans in Mindoro Province.

International awards[edit]

Year Award
2003 UNICEF Child Rights Award for the documentary: Selda Inosente
2005 Certificate for Creative Excellence, US International Film & Video Festival for the documentary: Pagbabalik sa Selda
2005 Finalist, Japan International Prize[11]
2005 Best Social Awareness Program, Asian Television Awards for the documentary: Buto’t Balat[12]
2006 Silverscreen Award, US International Film & Video Festival for the documentary: Buto’t Balat
2007 Finalist, New York Film Festival for the documentary: Uuwi na si Udong[13]
2007 Silverscreen Award, US International Film and Video Festival for the documentary: Sa Mata ni Ekang[14]
2007 Finalist, New York Festivals for the documentary: Alaga[15]
2007 Certificate for Creative Excellence, US International Film & Video Festival for the documentary: Gapos[16]
2008 Finalist, New York Festivals for the documentary: Bundok na Kristal[17]
2009 Certificate for Creative Excellence, US Int’l Film and Video Festival for the documentary: “Tasaday
2010 George Foster Peabody Award for the documentary: Ambulansyang de Paa
2011 New York Festivals Bronze Medal for the documentary: Paraisong Uhaw[18]
2012 Finalist, New York Film Festival for the documentary: Gintong Putik[19]
2013 Nominated, International Emmy Awards: 'Alkansiya'[20]

Local awards[edit]

Year Award
2002 Finalist, Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA)for the documentary: Gamugamo sa Dilim
2004 Best Television Feature, La Sallian Scholarum Award for the documentary: Gamugamo sa Dilim
2004 Investigative Journalist of the Year Rotary Club of Manila Journalism Awards
2006 Broadcast Journalist of the Year Rotary Club of Manila Journalism Awards
2007 Best Television Feature, La Sallian Scholarum Awards for the documentary: Mga Batang Hiram
2007 Best Documentary Program Host, PMPC Star Awards for Television
2007 Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) of the Philippines[21]
2008 Most Outstanding Alumnus, UP College of Mass Communication[22]
2008 Best Documentary Program Host, PMPC Star Awards for Television
2009 Best Documentary Program, USTV Awards
2009 Best Public Affairs Program, MTRCB awards
2009 Best Documentary Program Host, PMPC Star Awards for Television
2010 The Outstanding Women in Nation Service (TOWNS) Award[23]
2011 Titus Brandsma Leadership in Journalism Award[24]
2011 Best Documentary Program Host, Golden Screen Awards[25]
2011 Best Documentary Program Host, PMPC Star Awards for Television[26]
2012 Best Female Field Reporter of the Year, Comguild Awards[27]
2013 Best Female Field Reporter of the Year, Comguild Awards[28]
2013 Recipient of the Rotary Golden Wheel Award[29]

Career[edit]

Year Show Role
2014 Human Planet Narrator (Tagalog)
2013–present Power House Host
2011–present News to Go Anchor
2013 The Ryzza Mae Show Guest
2012–present Unang Hirit Guest Host/Anchor
2002–present I-Witness Host & Writer
2009–2010 OFW Diaries Host
2008 Case Unclosed Host
2006–2007 100% Pinoy Host & Writer
September 2002 Sa Kuko ng Terorismo Host & Writer
2000–2002 Dito sa Looban Radio Anchor
June 1998 Bayan sa Sangandaan Head Writer
June 1998 Boses ng Kalayaan Head Writer
1998–2000 Huling Hirit ng Saksi Reporter
1997–2001 Brigada Siete Reporter
1995–1998 Emergency Writer & Researcher
September 1995 Fate in Gold Researcher
May 1995 Bantay Boto Production Assistant & Researcher
1994–1995 Office of Senate President Edgardo J. Angara Writer & Researcher

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ David, Kara (4 March 2013). "Kara David talks about Project Malasakit" (video). GMA News Online. GMA Network Inc. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "List of TOYM Awardees 1959–2008". TOYM Philippines. 
  3. ^ "Kara tumanggap ng Towns award". Pilipino Star Ngayon. December 1, 2010. 
  4. ^ "I-Witness wins Peabody award". The Philippine Star. April 8, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Kara David in outstanding SK search". Bohol Chronicle. November 23, 2008. Retrieved June 18, 2010. [dead link]
  6. ^ Martin, Marian (June 13, 2007). "The best advice my mother gave me". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Inquirer. Retrieved June 18, 2010. 
  7. ^ http://www.pep.ph/mobile/features/extra/21786/i-witness-documentary-earns-for-gma-7-its-second-peabody-award/4
  8. ^ Sisante, Jam. "Kara David, 10 others cited as outstanding women". The Carillon. 
  9. ^ "Tagumpay ng Malasakit (our scholars graduate!)". Project Malasakit (Compassion) by Kara David Facebook page. 
  10. ^ "Outreach Programs". Project Malasakit by Kara David. 
  11. ^ "Mga programa ng Siyete, finalists sa ilang internat'l awards". 
  12. ^ "Skin and bones". 
  13. ^ "Uuwi na si Udong". 
  14. ^ "David bags US award; the uwang trade". 
  15. ^ "Schistosomiasis". 
  16. ^ "Sine Totoo presents "Gapos"". 
  17. ^ "2009 Finalist Certificate". 
  18. ^ "GMA wins 3 medals at New York Festivals". The Philippine Star. 
  19. ^ "GMA Network gets 9 noms at NY Fest". The Philippine Star. 
  20. ^ "GMA-7's 24 Oras and I-Witness, nominees in this year's International Emmy Awards". 
  21. ^ "The Outstanding Young Men THE OUTSTANDING YOUNG MEN (TOYM)". JCI Philippines (Philippine Jaycees). 
  22. ^ "Alumna Kara David produces Peabody Award-winning docu". University of the Philippines. 
  23. ^ "Kara David, 10 others cited as outstanding women". November 5, 2010. 
  24. ^ "Kara David, Asuncion Maramba bag Titus Brandsma media award". The Manila Times. October 16, 2011. 
  25. ^ "Golden Screen TV Awards winners". Balita – Tagalog Newspaper Tabloid. Dec 2, 2011. 
  26. ^ Basil, Timmy (November 25, 2011). "PMPC Star Awards for TV winners". Sun.Star. 
  27. ^ "GMA News dominates COMGUILD Awards". The Philippine Star. August 11, 2012. 
  28. ^ "Jessica Soho, Kara David at programang 24 Oras, pinarangalan sa Comguild Awards". August 12, 2013. 
  29. ^ "2013 Rotary Golden Wheel Award for Kara David". The Philippine Star. October 28, 2013. 

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