Hi, I’m Paola Mardo.


I’m a writer, reporter, and producer of podcasts, radio, and creative projects. I am currently working on freelance projects and upcoming podcast series. I specialize in longform storytelling and radio stories about art, technology, and culture.

I have produced audio and digital stories for KPCC’s The FramePRI’s The World, KQED’s The California Report, KCRW, and LA Weekly. I wrote, directed, and produced interactive audio fiction for USC Institute for Creative Technologies. 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.

I send out a weekly audio + email newsletter called Voice Memo.

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