Hi! I’m Paola [Paul-uh]. I’m an independent audio producer, and podcast host and producer, based in Los Angeles by way of Manila, Kuala Lumpur, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

I’m the host, writer, creator, and producer of Long Distance, a documentary podcast about stories in the Filipino diaspora and an inaugural member of the Google Podcasts creator program with PRX. Long Distance has been featured on Apple Podcasts’ New and Noteworthy, NBC News, Rappler, and Bello Collective’s 100 Outstanding Podcasts of 2018. The new season premieres on November 5. Here’s the trailer for the podcast and its companion video steries Long Distance TV:

I write, report, produce, edit, sound design, and mix audio stories. I’ve produced stories about the deep, dark history of Filipinos in America, where Tiki bars really come from, and ex-high school sweethearts reconnecting 40 years after graduation on Facebook. I like making stories about history, culture, and the things that happen in between.

My work has aired on KCRW’s Good Food, KPCC’s The Frame, and Offshore. I edit, produce, and consult on podcast projects for clients including Lantigua Williams & Co., Stitcher, and Western Sound. My writing has been published in Buzzfeed, Kubo, and PRI. I was part of the first Third Coast Radio Residency and the Transom Traveling Workshop.

Before coming to audio, I worked at Sony Pictures and Annapurna Pictures. (True story: I traveled the world with Spider-Man and the Smurfs.) I hosted and produced F This WeeklyI received a 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 Entertainment Fellow at the University of Southern California Annenberg School of Journalism.

I am available for podcast consultation and production, speaking, and workshops. Send an email if you’d like to work together. Learn more about my work. For updates on what I’m up to, connect with me on Twitter and Instagram or sign up for my newsletter. (Don’t worry, I only send it out once in awhile.)