Paola Mardo, Host/Writer/Producer/Creator
Paola Mardo is an independent audio producer. She worked in the film industry before starting her first podcast F This Weekly. She has produced radio stories and podcasts for KCRW’s Good Food, Offshore, PRI’s The World, KPCC’s The Frame, and Hulu.
In 2016, Paola started an audio project about LA’s Historic Filipinotown. Through her work as a journalist, she saw a great need to tell thoughtful, well-reported audio stories about her community. She expanded the project into the diaspora, and that’s how Long Distance was born.
Paola attributes her radio work to her international upbringing — she was born in LA but grew up in Manila, Kuala Lumpur, and the San Francisco Bay Area. In the first grade at an international school in Malaysia, she was given this bright red outfit for a school performance because she was, supposedly, the smallest person in class who could fit it.
Patrick Epino, Co-Producer/Voice Actor
He has taken super dope photos and videos for Long Distance reporting trips, and provides production support, commentary, and character voices for the show.
Patrick was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. One day in high school before soccer practice, a classmate took this photo of him and his friends. He’s been perfecting his off-camera selfie gaze ever since.