Mallory Carra is an award-winning journalist, editor, and professor based in Los Angeles with nearly 20 years of professional experience across digital, audio, and print. She is an adjunct professor at the USC Annenberg School of Journalism’s Annenberg Media Center, where she teaches a core curriculum live reporting and writing class, coaches Annenberg Radio News, and serves as the faculty advisor for elevASIAN, the Asian and Pacific Islander vertical. She also runs West Coast Media Jobs, a journalism jobs newsletter focusing on California and the Pacific Northwest.
Additionally, she’s currently the lead producer of former USC Provost and Professor of Chemical Engineering Chip Zukoski’s Imperial Valley podcast about how lithium extraction will affect the community and climate change at large, to be released in early 2024. It’s a co-production with Annenberg, Viterbi School of Engineering, and Annenberg’s Center for Climate Journalism and Communication.
For over 5 years, Mallory wrote and edited weekly and daily podcast scripts for Spotify’s Parcast Studios until its closure in Summer 2023. Outside of writing, she served on the Spotify Asian Community Engagement (SPACE) steering committee as the LA Office Lead. Additionally, she was a fellow in the 2023 cohort of the Asian American Journalists Association’s prestigious Executive Leadership Program (ELP) and an instructor/editor for the college student journalism program, VOICES.
As a journalist and editor herself, Mallory has pretty much covered it all: breaking news, entertainment, celebrities, food, lifestyle, e-commerce, real estate, sports, health, and academia for media outlets such as the BBC World Service, E! News, Cosmopolitan, Teen Vogue, the New York Daily News, and the Columbia Journalism Review, among many others. She worked as an entertainment editor at Bustle for over 5 years and began her journalism career in newspapers as a staff writer for the Chattanooga Times Free Press in Tennessee and the News & Observer in North Carolina.
A native of New York City, Mallory has an M.F.A. in screenwriting from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and a B.A. in journalism from New York University. Additionally, she earned a certificate in podcasting from UC Berkeley’s Advanced Media Institute.
She is a proud longtime member of the Asian American Journalists Association and the Writers Guild of America.
Writing & Editing
- Journalism: Reporting & editing breaking news articles, covering sporting events, red carpets, premieres, junkets & more.
- Podcasting: Writing clean, engaging scripts for complex true stories
- Copywriting: Press releases and social media copy
Consulting & Coaching
- Career development coaching for students and early to mid-career journalists
- Editorial and newsroom consulting
- Podcast development, producing, writing, & consulting
- Resume and LinkedIn reviews