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. In January 2019, Long Distance was selected as 1 of 6 shows out of over 6,000 applications from more than 100 countries to be part of the inaugural Google Podcasts creator program with PRX. Long Distance has been featured on NBC News, Fast Company, Rappler, Apple Podcasts’ New and Noteworthy, Spotify Podcasts, Pocket Casts, 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 Report. I edit, produce, and consult on podcast projects for clients including KCRW, Lantigua Williams & Co., Stitcher, The California Sunday Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, Slate, Vox, 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.
Previously... I worked in film marketing and publicity at Sony Pictures and Annapurna Pictures before hosting and producing F This Weekly, a podcast about women of color in the arts and entertainment. It was 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 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. I have a B.A. in Film and Media Studies and Asian American Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Want to hire me for podcast consultation or hosting? Or to run a podcast workshop or to host or speak at your event? Email me.
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