Hi, I’m Paola Mardo. I’m an audio reporter and producer currently working on freelance projects including radio stories and upcoming podcast series. I specialize in radio stories about art, technology, and culture. My work has been broadcast on PRI’s The World, KPCC’s The Frame, Honolulu Civil Beat’s Offshore, KQED’s The California Report, and KCRW. I have reported stories for PRI’s Global Nation, PRI’s Across Women’s Lives, and LA Weekly. I wrote, directed, and produced interactive audio fiction for USC Institute for Creative Technologies. I publish the weekly audio + email newsletter Voice Memo.
Previously, 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. My Ampersand story about Tiki bars and cultural appropriation earned awards from the Los Angeles Press Club and Society of Professional Journalists. My Offshore story about where Tiki bars really come from was one of Bello Collective’s 100 outstanding pieces of audio for 2017.
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, where I wrote, directed, and produced stage plays and musical productions. In a past life, I worked on international movie marketing campaigns for Sony Pictures and Annapurna Pictures. I am based in Los Angeles but have lived in Manila, Kuala Lumpur, and the San Francisco Bay Area.
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