Korina Sanchez

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Korina Sanchez-Roxas
Born Korina Maria Sanchez
(1964-10-05) 5 October 1964 (age 50)[1]
Victoria, British Hong Kong
Nationality Filipino
Other names Korina, Koring, K
Occupation Journalist
Notable credit(s)
Religion Christian
Spouse(s) Mar Roxas (m. 2009)
Website www.korinasanchezroxas.com

Korina Maria Sanchez-Roxas (born 5 October 1964) is a Filipina broadcast journalist, television news anchor, senior field correspondent, magazine show host, radio anchor and newspaper columnist. She is currently Chief Correspondent for the Integrated News and Current Affairs Division of ABS-CBN ABS-CBN Corporation airing on TV Channel 2, AM Radio DZMM and cable TV ABS-CBN News Channel.

Korina attended St. Theresa's College in Quezon City for her elementary and secondary education, and then Maryknoll College, where she earned a bachelor's degree in Communication Arts. Her first love was writing, but she was also active in extra-curriculars like singing, theater, public speaking, and high school varsity volleyball. In college, Korina excelled in courses related to creative writing, thesis writing and speech. Already working at the time, she was a two-time awardee for scholarship of the United States Embassy's Thomas Jefferson study grant for Investigative Journalism which brought her to several colleges and universities in the U.S. for post graduate short courses. She completed a third-level French language course at the Makati-based Alliance Francaise de Manille. Sanchez had inclinations towards the performing arts but believed her "calling had always been in the field of information and communication" and maintains that, before being an on-camera personality, she is "first, a writer".[4] She is the wife of Mar Roxas , the current Secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government .



Korina started her career as an editorial assistant at the age of 19 at the then Marcos government-run Maharlika Broadcasting System under the Ministry of Information. She soon after advanced to be the hourly newsbreak announcer and primetime news weather girl, having trained with Chief Forecaster Amado Pineda of PAGASA.

President Ferdinand Marcos had closed down the Lopez-owned station during Martial Rule in the 1970s. The network was returned to the Lopez family by President Corazon C. Aquino in 1986 after the EDSA Revolution. Sanchez joined the reopened ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation as one of the handful of staff of the network News Department working as a field reporter. Her regular beats then were Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG), police and health stories.


Then company president Freddie Garcia reprogrammed Channel 2's lineup and started programming using the Tagalog vernacular from mostly English-speaking shows on ABS CBN. Sanchez was pulled put from her reportorial chores and was chosen for her first regular show, the morning magazine program 'MagandangUmaga', to tandem with Noli de Castro from 1986 to 1988. De Castro left the show to start the long-running public affairs show, 'Magandang Gabi, Bayan.’ Sanchez then took over production and became Executive Producer and lone host of 'MagandangUmagaPo' which ran 3 more years. It was in this platform that Sanchez honed skills at executive producership, budgeting, staff administration, writing and directing. Later, Sanchez also became co-host to programs such as 'Bayan Ko, Sagot Ko' and the late night newscast, 'PulsoAksyonBalita' with Ted Failon.

Unusual for on-camera personalities, Sanchez was and is executive producer, writer and host at the same time for most of her platforms. Such programs created by Sanchez are the public service shows, 'HOY! Gising!,' the roundtable political discussion show OPTIONS, the weekly talk program 'Mel and Jay', and 'ISYU 101' which she co-hosted with Cito Beltran. The most popular of Sanchez’ productions were the daily public service show, 'Hoy! Gising!’, the daily magazine show 'Balitang K' both of which were given the go-signal for production and airing by then President and COO Freddie Garcia. Including the currently airing 'Rated K', these shows were and are commercial as well as critical successes.

When De Castro ran for public office in 2001, Sanchez became the station's first solo woman anchor for its flagship primetime news program 'TV Patrol'. TV Patrol won its first Catholic Mass Media award for Best Newscast during this time under Executive Producer Beth Frondoso. Sanchez also continued to work as field reporter for the News Department and was promoted to director level as Chief Correspondent for Philippine and Global Operations in 2004.

Korina Sanchez during the ABS-CBN coverage of Halalan 2013.

Notably, Sanchez was recognized as Finalist for Best News Reporter/Correspondent in the 2009 New York World Festivals for Television besting contender representatives from over 50 countries. Sanchez submitted her reports on the election vote count manipulation in Davao; wiretapping devices entering the country for use against high ranking government officials; substandard skin whitening pills proliferating the market; an exclusive interview with the MILF Chairman Al Haj Murad at a time of tense peace negotiations with government. Her investigative series on the proliferation of substandard glutathione pills in the Philippine market also won the Silver World Medal for Investigative Report Category in the same New York Festival Awards that year. Sanchez' report caused the collapse and closure of the No.1 brand of glutathione "whitening pills" in the country at the time, Lucida, and had government enforce a stricter policy and implementation of laws against substandard health supplements.

Sanchez was also chosen as Philippine Representative to the Asian interview show 'In Conversation'. Spearheaded by Malaysian producers upon the imprimatur of then Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad, 'In Conversation' had Korina join other journalists from Thailand, Borneo, Indonesia and Singapore in interviewing heads of state "from the eyes of the Asian" reporter. The show had a short run airing on Malaysian TV and with interviews with then newly installed East Timor President XananaGusmao, PM Mahathir Mohammad of Malaysia, Philippine President Gloria Arroyo and then Thai PM Thaksin Shinawatra.

In 2003, Sanchez was asked to pinch-hit as co-host with actress Kris Aquino for the daily morning show 'Morning Girls.’ It was a clear departure from Sanchez' serious and hard-hitting style on socio- political issues and current news events. 'Morning Girls' was a light entertainment and lifestyle talk show. What was supposed to be a two-week temporary replacement to the show's original hosts (Pops Fernandez, Zsazsa Padilla and Carmina Villaroel), became a commercial success and landed a more permanent contract for the two new hosts. The show ran for sixteen months.

In 2004, the primetime news program TV Patrol was reformatted. Under then company President Cito Alejandro (after the retirement of Freddie M. Garcia) Sanchez was replaced as anchor of TV Patrol. She was promoted as ABS-CBN's Chief Correspondent for Philippine & Global Operations while she concentrated on the success of her newly launched magazine show, Rated K.

In July 2006, Sanchez debuted the daily interview program Korina Today on the ABS CBN-News Channel (ANC). The show ran for 3 years and was nominated for Best Talk Show at the 2008 Catholic Mass Media Awards. After an almost two-year hiatus from newscasting, Sanchez was re-installed as news anchor of the late night news program, Bandila, on 3 July 2006 with co anchors Henry Omaga-Diaz and Ces Drilon.

On May 8, 2009, Sanchez took an indefinite leave from her DZMM radio morning program and evening newscast Bandila, in preparation for her wedding to then Senator Mar Roxas and her involvement in her husband's presidential bid for the 2010 Philippine presidential election. She maintained work on her magazine program Rated K which remained part of the network's Sunday evening programming.

In October 2010, Sanchez was invited to resume primetime news casting by Regina Reyes, then incoming Senior Vice President for the station's News and Current Affairs Division replacing Maria Ressa (Ressa was head of the Division for six years). By this time Charo Santos-Concio had been promoted to replace Alejandro as company President by its Chairman and CEO Eugenio "Gabby" Lopez III.

On November 8, 2010, Sanchez, together with former Vice President Noli de Castro and former congressman Ted Failon were relaunched in the new version of the station's primetime newscast, TV Patrol, now currently airing daily at 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm Mondays to Fridays.

Rated K[edit]

Korina Sanchez-Roxas' Rated K

Rated K[5] has been number 1 on its time slot nationwide since it started in 2004. It continues to receive recognition from the most prestigious award giving bodies including the Catholic Mass Media Awards, Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster sa Pilipinas, ANAK TV Awards, STAR Awards for Television. Most notable of these recognitions is the Finalist Certification of Rated K twice from the New York World Festivals for the News Magazine Format Category in 2009 and again in 2012.


Sanchez also maintains a career in talk radio through DZMM, ABS-CBN's AM Band radio station. It was former VP for Radio Rolly V. Cruz who hired Sanchez to join Ted Failon for a daily radio show. The program was first entitled AksyonNgayon, a daily afternoon public service program. It was later renamed to TambalangFailon at Sanchez when the tandem was brought to morning primetime daily at 8 to 10 am with mostly discussion of current issues and socio-political commentary. The show was consistently number one in its time slot against competition. When Failon ran for public office and was elected Congressman of the first district of Leyte province in 2004, Sanchez hosted the program alone. The show was renamed Korina sa Umaga and was recognized twice by the Kapisanan ng mga Bodkaster sa Pilipinas as Best Talk Show Program and Outstanding Public Affairs Program in 2001 and 2004. After three years in Congress, Ted Failon returned to DZMM. The show reverted to Tambalang Failon at Sanchez after Failon opted not to run for another term.

In January 2012, Sanchez also returned to AM talk radio. 'Rated Korina,' a news magazine talk show anchored solo by Sanchez, and now airs daily Mondays thru Fridays at 10am to 11 am over radio DZMM. She occasionally does an television interview show, Up Close and Personal, for ANC (the ABS-CBN News Channel). She has so far done special episodes of this show --- on the resurgence of Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmar, an interview with American celebrity financial adviser SuzeOrman and one with Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago.


In 2013, Korina Sanchez gained notoriety among netizens due her remarks on her now defunct DZMM radio show 'Rated Korina’ on Anderson Cooper's Report. She claims that the reporter does not know what he's talking about.[6][7][8][9] CNN news anchor Anderson Cooper was one of international correspondents on the ground in Tacloban to report on the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. Cooper responded to Sanchez by urging her to visit the area and insisted that his coverage were accurate.[10][11]

On the Wednesday, December 3 2014, newscast of ABS-CBN’s TV Patrol, the network's chief correspondent and veteran anchor said she hoped Typhoon Ruby (international name Hagupit) would hit Japan instead of the Philippines: "Can’t they just get all of it?" [12] Six weeks after this incident Korina Sanchez resigns from her Radio show [13]


Korina Sanchez has also maintained her columns and regular articles in several magazines, broadsheets and tabloid newspapers. She has written or continues to write for the following print media platforms:

  1. About Time, Manila Times, thrice weekly column
  2. Chambers, The Philippine Star, Sunday column (current)
  3. Coming Home, People Asia Magazine, monthly article
  4. 24 K, Pilipino Mirror, thrice weekly column (current)
  5. That Does It, Cebu Freeman, thrice weekly column
  6. ISYU Ngayon, daily column
  7. K Ka Lang?, Pilipino Star Ngayon. (current)
  8. Bulgar four times weekly column (current)
  9. Sanchez's Philippine Star column 'Chambers' was finalist at the Catholic Mass Media Awards for Best Column.

Personal life[edit]

Mr and Mrs. Roxas

Sanchez is married to Mar Roxas, whom she married on 27 October 2009 in Quezon City.[14]


Year Title Network
1986-1988 ; 1988-1991 Magandang Umaga and Magandang Umaga Po ABS-CBN
1991-1995 Options ABS-CBN
1992-1996 Hoy Gising! ABS-CBN
1996-2001 Balitang K ABS-CBN
2001-2002 Isyu 101 ABS-CBN
2003-2004 Morning Girls with Kris and Korina ABS-CBN
2006-2009 Korina Today ANC
2008 Harapan ABS-CBN
2006-2009 Bandila ABS-CBN
2004–present Rated K ABS-CBN
1992; 1995-1996; 2001-2004; 2010-Present TV Patrol ABS-CBN

Advocacies and Charities[edit]

Other advocacies Sanchez had become involved with are population control (long before the prominence of the RH Bill) breast[15] cancer-awareness[16] and justice against crime. She has received awards and recognition for her efforts promoting vigilance on these three issues. Sanchez has also been consistently vocal for pollution control, and coral and marine life preservation. She is a deep-sea diver.

Sanchez also has many personal charities such as children she sends to school, schools she has helped rehabilitate, the sick she has sent to hospital. But her personal charities, by choice, are not publicized.

People's Health Watch[edit]

In her role as media practitioner, one of Sanchez' well-known advocacies is her effort for the legislation of a law promoting Patients' Rights and Responsibilities and against medical negligence. Her mother, Celia Sanchez, is known to be a victim of misdiagnosis in a well-known Philippine hospital. Sanchez was able to get her mother cured of stage 2 colon cancer in New York's Cornell Hospital (misdiagnosed as stage 4 terminal in the Philippines). Her mother was alive and well for another two years. Celia Sanchez succumbed to severe infection after a simple surgical procedure in another Manila hospital. Sanchez was quoted as having believed her mother died because of, again, medical negligence by another doctor, practicing in the Philippines.

While Sanchez never bannered her own parent's case publicly or in any of her media platforms, she spearheaded the Manila-chapter of the non-governmental organization, People's Health Watch, to move the Medical Malpractice Bill in Congress. At the time, the bill had been shelved and sleeping for more than a decade. Sanchez' group documented thousands of cases from all over the Philippines proving incidents of malpractice by doctors. Sanchez suffered the ire of medical practitioners and doctors' organizations nationwide. Sanchez' efforts and representation through the poltiical lobby group Publicus helped move discussion in the Senate and House of Representatives. Sanchez appeared in Congress, attended hearings and discussions on the bill. After numerous debates and discussion Sanchez’ group agreed to a version of the original bill that is more acceptable to the doctors. The Medical Malpractice Bill was renamed Patients' Rights and Responsibilities Bill. The bill gathered considerable support in the Senate but later met opposition from a hostile senator. In the lower house, where many members of the Health Committee were themselves doctors, the bill did not budge despite lengthy discussions and media attention to the cause. Later, the Philippine Medical Association and Sanchez's group resumed talks for a more amicable Memorandum of Agreement in the face of a once-again lethargic Congress. The final draft of this MOA that is intended to bind all medical practitioners to conformity to a higher standard of accountability to patients has yet to be drafted and signed.

Lingkod Patrol[edit]

As anchor of TVPatrol between 2001 to 2004 Sanchez spearheaded the public service arm of the daily primetime newscast of ABS CBN. Through her team's advocacy, television and radio reports and personal solicitations lives of,mostly, children were saved and improved.

Handog Tsinelas Campaign[edit]

Handog Tsinelas Campaign

In 2004, when the program Rated K began its weekly broadcast, Sanchez aired a public service segment in the show which was later to become a regular, nationwide project and household word. Sanchez began with one project for school children in Samar, Leyte and thought of bringing "smagol", the local term in the Visayas for rubber slippers (poor folk have come to know rubber slippers as 'smuggled from China', hence, the term "smagol"). It was a basic need of the poor especially children who either walk barefoot or wear tattered rubber slippers which are hardly wearable and kept together with straws. Immediately, Sanchez identified rubber slippers or 'tsinelas[17]' as a basic need of the poor, especially the children. Since then, Sanchez has given away more than a million pairs of slippers[18] in most provinces and cities in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao through the ABS CBN show Rated K. Her current project, "Isang Milyong Tsinelas",[19] was launched in January this year, 2013, aiming to solicit one million[20] pairs of rubber slippers in one year to give away to the poor nationwide.[21]

Awards, honors and recognition[edit]

Most notable of these awards are the Silver Medal from the New York World Festivals for Television in 2008 for her Investigative Series on Substandard Glutathione Pills proliferating in the Philippines, the Finalist certification for Sanchez as Best Field Correspondent in the New York World Festivals for Television also in 2008 (for her reports on government wire tapping, election results rigging in Davao and an exposé on substandard food supplements), the Ka Doroy Broadcaster of the Year Award from the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster sa Pilipinas in 2009, the SWS Nationwide Survey as No. 1 Most Trusted Television Personality in 2009, the Hall of Fame award for Sanchez's show Rated K as Best News Magazine Program in the 2011 Catholic Mass Media awards, the Hall of Fame Award for Sanchez as one of the Most Admired Female TV Personalities from the ANAK TV Awards in 2011, the citation for Best News magazine host in the Asian TV Awards for 2012.


  • 1st MITV Gawad Kamalayan Natatanging Magasin Program Host: Korina Sanchez-Roxas[22]
  • 36th Catholic Mass Media Awards for Best Talk Show trophy for ANC's Up Close and Personal: A Korina Sanchez Interview[23]


  • Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) Awards[24]

Outstanding Radio Anchor - Korina Sanchez


New York Festivals

  • Finalist Citation for Magazine Format, Rated K (Episode: Kwento ng Buhay Ko (This is my Life))[25]

Asian TV Awards[26]

  • Best Current Affairs Presenter Category: Highly Commended, Korina Sanchez, Rated K (Episode: "Kwento ng Buhay Ko")

Media Newser Philippines’ Media Winner of 2012[27]

Anak TV Seal Awards

  • Anak TV Seal for child sensitive program, Rated K


Catholic Mass Media Awards Hall of Fame Awardee

  • Best News Magazine, Rated K – 2006, 2008, 2010

ANAK TV Seal Awards Makibata Hall of Fame Awardee

  • Most Admired Female Personality, Korina Sanchez – 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005
  • Anak TV Seal for child-friendly content, Rated K[28]

25th PMPC Star Awards for TV[29]

  • Best Magazine Program Host
  • Best Magazine Program, Rated K


Catholic Mass Media Awards[30]

  • Best News Magazine, Rated K

ANAK TV Seal Awards[31]

  • The 2010 Anak TV Roster of Makabata Stars, Korina Sanchez

USTv Students Choice Awards Students’ Choice for Female – Beat News and Current Affairs Host, Korina Sanchez


New York World Festivals

  • Silver World Medal -Investigative Report Category, "Substandard Food Supplements"[32]

Anak TV Seal Awards

  • Most Admired TV Personality, Korina Sanchez
  • Most Well Liked TV Program, Rated K

Gandingan UPLB Isko't Iska Broadcast Choice Awards[33]

  • Best News Anchor, Korina Sanchez
  • Best AM Radio Announcer, Korina Sanchez, 'Tambalang Failon at Sanchez', DZMM
  • Most Development-oriented Panel Discussion, 'HARAPAN'

Ateneo de Davao's TAO Awards

  • Favorite National Female Anchor, Korina Sanchez

7th GawadTanglaw Awards

  • Best Magazine Show, Rated K

National Public Attorneys of the Philippines Awards

  • Outstanding Broadcaster, Korina Sanchez
  • Outstanding Current Affairs Program, Rated K


Catholic Mass Media Awards

  • Best News Magazine Program, Rated K

17th KBP Golden Dove Awards[34]

  • Ka Doroy Broadcaster of the Year Award, Korina Sanchez[35]
  • Best Magazine Host for TV, Korina Sanchez
  • Best Public Affairs Program Host for Radio, Korina Sanchez
  • Best Public Affairs Program, 'Tambalang Failon at Sanchez', DZMM

Rotary Club of Manila Journalism Awards

  • Broadcast Journalist of the Year for Television, Korina Sanchez

22nd PMPC Star Awards for Television

  • Best Magazine Show Host, Korina Sanchez
  • Best Magazine Program, Rated K

Anak TV Seal Awards

  • Most Admired Female TV Personality, Korina Sanchez
  • Most Well Liked TV Program, Rated K
  • Anak TV Seal for child sensitive program, Rated K

2nd Gandingan UPLB Isko't Iska Broadcast Choice Awards

  • Best News Anchor, Korina Sanchez
  • Best AM Announcer, Korina Sanchez
  • Best Magazine Program, Rated K
  • Best AM Program, Tambalang Failon at Sanchez

6thGawadTanglaw Awards

  • Best TV Anchor, Korina Sanchez
  • Best Magazine Show, Rated K


16th KBP Golden Dove Awards

  • Best Magazine Program Host (Rated K)
  • Best Public Affairs Program Host for Radio

Anak TV Seal Awards

  • Most Admired TV Personality, Korina Sanchez
  • Most Well Liked TV Program, Rated K
  • Anak TV Seal for child sensitive program, Rated K

21st PMPC Star Awards for TV

  • Best Magazine Show Host,Korina Sanchez
  • Best Magazine Show, Rated K


Catholic Mass Media Awards

  • Best News Magazine Program, Rated K

15th KBP Golden Dove Awards

  • Best Radio Public Affairs Program Host, Korina Sanchez for Tambalang Failon at Sanchez, DZMM

USTv Students Choice Awards

  • Best Female Broadcast News and Public Affairs Host, Korina Sanchez

Anak TV Seal Awards

  • Most Admired TV Personality, Korina Sanchez
  • Top 10 Favorite TV Programs, Rated K
  • Anak TV Seal for child sensitive program, Rated K


Anak TV Seal Awards

  • Most Admired TV Personality, Korina Sanche

Catholic Mass Media Awards

  • Best Radio News Commentary, Tambalang Failon at Sanchez

19th PMPC Star Awards for TV

  • Best Magazine Program Host, Korina Sanchez
  • Best Magazine Program, Rated K


KBP Golden Dove Awards

  • Outstanding Newscaster, Korina Sanchez, TV Patrol
  • Outstanding Public Affairs Program on Radio, Korina Sa Umaga, DZMM
  • Outstanding News Program, TV Patrol, ABS CBN Ch.2

People Asia Magazine People of the Year, Korina Sanchez with Sen. Mar Roxas

18th PMPC Star Awards

  • Best Female Newscaster, Korina Sanchez
  • Best Celebrity Talk Show Host, Korina Sanchez with Ms. Kris Aquino
  • Best Celebrity Talk Show, Morning Girls
  • Best News Program, TV Patrol


KBP Golden Dove Awards

  • Best Talk Show Program on Radio, Korina sa Umaga, DZMM

Other Awards:

  1. Gawad CCP Para saTelebisyon
  2. Community Outstanding Young Achievers Awards
  3. HuwarangAnak Awardee 2003


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