PODCAST HOST + PRODUCER
Hi! I’m Paola [Paul-uh]. I’m a podcast host and producer based in Los Angeles by way of Manila, Kuala Lumpur, and the San Francisco Bay Area.
I’m the host, writer, creator, and producer of Long Distance, the first and only documentary podcast about stories in the Filipino diaspora and an inaugural member of the Google Podcasts creator program with PRX. Long Distance has been featured on NBC News, Rappler, Apple Podcasts’ New and Noteworthy, and Bello Collective’s 100 Outstanding Podcasts of 2018. I am currently in production on the second season.
My audio stories have aired on KCRW’s Good Food, KPCC’s The Frame, and KQED’s The California Report. I edit, produce, and consult on podcast projects for clients including Lantigua Williams & Co., Stitcher, and Western Sound. My writing has been published in Buzzfeed, Kubo, and PRI. I am an alum of the first Third Coast Radio Residency and the Transom Traveling Workshop. I host and speak at events, and conduct workshops on podcasting and storytelling.
Before coming to audio, I worked at Sony Pictures and Annapurna Pictures. (True story: I traveled the world with Spider-Man and the Smurfs.) I hosted and produced F This Weekly, a podcast about women of color in the arts and entertainment featured on NBC News and Angry Asian Man. For the season finale, I hosted the first live podcast event at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.
I received a B.A. in Film and Media Studies and Asian American Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an M.A. in Arts Journalism as the Sony Pictures Entertainment Fellow at the University of Southern California Annenberg School of Journalism, where I produced an audio documentary podcast thesis about where Tiki bars really come from. Part of that work aired on Offshore.
I am available for podcast consultation and production, speaking, and workshops. Send an email if you’d like to work together. Learn more about my work. For updates on what I’m up to, connect with me on Twitter and Instagram or sign up for my newsletter. (Don’t worry, I only send it out once in awhile.)