PAOLA MARDO


HOST | WRITER | PRODUCER

 

I’m a podcast host, writer, and producer who knows a thing or two about Tiki bars.

I am the host, writer, creator, and producer of Long Distance, a documentary podcast about stories in the Filipino diaspora and inaugural member of the PRX Google Podcasts creator program, featured in The New York Times Podcast Club’s 2019 Picks, Bello Collective’s Outstanding Podcasts of 2018, and Apple Podcasts New and Noteworthy.

As an independent producer, I make radio and podcast stories like an immigrant love story four decades in the making for KQED’s The California Report and a deep dive into where Tiki bars really come from for Honolulu Civil Beat’s Offshore. I also edit, mix, and produce for shows like Hulu’s Footnote: Castle Rock with Western Sound, KCRW’s Good Food, and Key Conversations with Phi Beta Kappa.

I got my start at Sony Pictures and Annapurna Pictures where I worked on films like The Social Network, Zero Dark Thirty, and Sausage Party and learned about storytelling, development, and the film business. Along the way, I made my first podcast F This Weekly, a show about women of color in the arts and entertainment, and was accepted into the Transom Workshop and Third Coast’s first Radio Residency.

For my graduate thesis as the Sony Pictures Fellow at USC Annenberg’s School of Journalism, I produced a documentary podcast series about the history of Tiki bars and cultural appropriation. I majored in Film and Media Studies and Asian American Studies at UC Santa Barbara where I wrote, directed, and produced theater and cultural variety shows.

I am based in Los Angeles by way of Manila, Kuala Lumpur, and the San Francisco Bay Area. As a 1.5 generation Filipino American, I’m driven to tell stories about community, culture, and how we find home and our place in the world.

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