About Me.


Hi, I’m Paola Mardo.

I am the host, producer, and creator of Long Distance, a narrative podcast about life in the Filipino diaspora. (Subscribe for free here.) Long Distance is one of six inaugural shows chosen for the Google Podcasts creator program with PRX. It was one of the 100 outstanding podcasts of 2018 selected by Bello Collective.

As an independent audio producer, I report and produce audio stories that have aired on KCRW’s Good Food, The California Sunday Magazine, PRI’s The World, KPCC’s The Frame, Offshore, and KQED’s The California Report.

I provide audio editing and production services for various podcast networks and production companies. Recent projects include:

    • Audio editing and mixing for the digital photo issue of The California Sunday Magazine
    • Production of a narrative comedy podcast pilot for Stitcher
    • Show development and pilot production with The Los Angeles Times
    • Audio editing for Hulu's Footnote: Castle Rock produced by Midroll and Western Sound
    • Field production and engineering for Wondery's TBD with Tina Brown
    • Various tape syncs and field production work for clients including Slate and Vox

I make Voice Memo newsletter (which used to be a mini podcast).

Previously...

I was a producer on the third season of Democracy in Color podcast and managed all aspects of show production including booking, recording, editing, and mixing.

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 written stories for outlets like Buzzfeed, PRI, and (the old) LA Weekly. I wrote, directed, and produced interactive audio fiction for USC Institute for Creative Technologies.

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.

Here are some awards I’ve received and things people have said about my work.

In a past life...

I worked at Sony Pictures and Annapurna Pictures. (True story: I traveled the world with Spider-Man and the Smurfs.)

Last thing...

I am based in Los Angeles but have lived in Manila, Kuala Lumpur, Santa Barbara, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

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