About Me.


Hi, I’m Paola Mardo.

I’m an independent audio reporter and producer.

I am the host and creator of Long Distance, a narrative podcast about life in the Filipino diaspora. (Subscribe for free here.)

My audio stories have been broadcast on KCRW’s Good Food, PRI’s The World, KPCC’s The Frame, Offshore podcast, and KQED’s The California Report.

I provide audio editing and production services for clients including Hulu, Slate, Vox, Wondery, and Western Sound.

I have written stories for outlets like Buzzfeed, PRI, and LA Weekly.

I wrote, directed, and produced interactive audio fiction for USC Institute for Creative Technologies.

I make Voice Memo, a podcast and newsletter.

Previously...

I was a producer on the third season of Democracy in Color podcast and managed all aspects of show production including booking, recording, editing, and mixing.

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 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.

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

In a past life...

I worked on international movie marketing campaigns and produced events for Sony Pictures and Annapurna Pictures. (True story: I traveled the world with Spider-Man and the Smurfs.)

Before that, I wrote, directed, and produced plays and variety shows at UC Santa Barbara.

Last thing...

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

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