About Me.

Hi, I’m Paola Mardo. I’m a podcast host and producer with a background in radio and film. I am based in Los Angeles but grew up in Manila, Kuala Lumpur, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

I am the host, writer, creator, and producer of Long Distance, a documentary podcast series about stories in the Filipino diaspora, selected for the inaugural Google Podcasts creator program with PRX. Long Distance has been featured on NBC NewsFast CompanyRappler, Apple Podcasts’ New and Noteworthy, Spotify Podcasts, Bello Collective’s 100 Outstanding Podcasts of 2018, and more.

Currently, I am in production on Long Distance season 2. I produce audio stories that have aired on KCRW’s Good Food, KPCC’s The Frame, PRI’s The World, and KQED’s The California ReportI edit, produce, and consult on podcast projects for clients including KCRW, Lantigua Williams & Co., Stitcher, The California Sunday Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, Western Sound, and Wondery. I have written and reported stories for Buzzfeed, Kubo, Public Radio International, and (the old) LA Weekly. I host and speak at events, and conduct workshops on podcasting and storytelling.

Before coming to audio, I worked in marketing and international publicity at Sony Pictures and Annapurna Pictures. 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 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 Fellow at USC Annenberg, where I made a thesis podcast series about Tiki bars. I turned part of that research into an episode for Offshore. 

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For inquiries, send an email.