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, producer, and creator of Long Distance, a podcast 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. It has been featured in Fast Company, Rappler, Apple Podcasts’ New and Noteworthy, Spotify, Bello Collective’s 100 Outstanding Podcasts of 2018, and more.
Previously... I hosted and produced F This Weekly, a podcast about women of color in the arts and entertainment with guests like Effie Brown, Minhal Baig, and Anna Akana. It was featured in NBC News, Angry Asian Man, and the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival where I hosted their first live podcast event.
As an independent audio producer, I have made radio stories for KCRW’s Good Food, KPCC’s The Frame, PRI’s The World, and KQED’s The California Report. 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 that became an episode on Offshore. I was part of the Transom Catalina Workshop and Third Coast International Audio Festival’s first Radio Residency.
Currently... I am wrapping Long Distance season 1 and prepping for production on season 2. I also work on podcast consultation and freelance projects, specializing in podcast development, production, and marketing. My clients include Lantigua Williams & Co., Stitcher, The California Sunday Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, USC Institute for Creative Technologies, Western Sound, and Wondery.
Would you like to hire me for podcast consultation, production, or hosting? Or to run a podcast workshop or speak at your event? Email me.
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