Hi, I’m Paola Mardo.
I’m a writer, reporter, and producer of podcasts, radio, and creative projects including interactive audio fiction, criticism, and investigative journalism. I specialize in longform storytelling and stories about art, technology, and culture.
Previously, I produced interviews and features at Los Angeles NPR member station KPCC’s The Frame. I was the host and producer of F This Weekly, a podcast about women of color in the arts and entertainment. I have produced audio and digital stories for PRI’s The World, KQED’s The California Report, KCRW, and LA Weekly. My Ampersand story about Tiki bars and cultural appropriation earned awards from the Los Angeles Press Club and Society of Professional Journalists. My Offshore story about where Tiki bars really come from was one of Bello Collective’s 100 outstanding pieces of audio for 2017.
I received an M.A. in Arts Journalism at USC Annenberg as the Sony Pictures Fellow. I received a B.A. from UC Santa Barbara in Film and Media Studies and Asian American Studies, where I wrote, directed, and produced stage plays and musical productions. In a past life, I worked on international movie marketing campaigns for Sony Pictures and Annapurna Pictures. I am based in Los Angeles but have lived in Manila, Kuala Lumpur, and the San Francisco Bay Area.
I am currently in production on upcoming podcasts series. I am open to collaboration and freelance contract projects. Scroll for pics. Get in touch.