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. (Listen and 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.

I am an independent audio producer available for podcast consultation. I specialize in podcast development and production, including ideation, pilot production, field producing, audio editing, and mixing. 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
    • Audio editing for Hulu's Footnote: Castle Rock produced by Midroll and Western Sound
    • Producing, audio editing, and mixing for Democracy in Color produced by Lantigua Williams & Co.
    • Show development and pilot production with The Los Angeles Times
    • 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 also report and produce audio stories. My work has 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 make Voice Memo newsletter (which used to be a mini podcast).

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

Get in touch.


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

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.

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

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