WRITER - JOURNALIST - SCREENWRITER - PROFESSOR

MALLORY CARRA

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About

Mallory Carra is an award-winning journalist, editor, and professor based in Los Angeles with over 18 years of professional experience working with digital, audio, and print. Since 2020, she has been an Associate Content Writer at Spotify’s Parcast Studios, writing and editing scripts for the platform’s top-rated original podcasts, such as Disappearances with Sarah Turney, Serial Killers, and Conspiracy Theories. Additionally, she is Parcast Union’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Committee Chair and the Spotify API Belonging Group’s LA Office Lead.

Outside of Spotify, Mallory is an adjunct professor at the USC Annenberg School of Journalism’s Annenberg Media Center, a multi-disciplinary student newsroom producing daily text, audio, and TV stories. She teaches a course where students write, report, and produce Annenberg Radio News’ daily radio show/podcast, From Where We Are, available on Spotify.

As a journalist and editor, Mallory has over 18 years of experience covering breaking news, entertainment, celebrities, food, lifestyle, e-commerce, real estate, sports, health, and academia. Her bylines have also appeared in E! News, Cosmopolitan, Teen Vogue, HuffPost, BuzzFeed, the New York Daily News, and the Columbia Journalism Review, among many, many others. Mallory has also contributed work to the BBC World Service and the Associated Press.

She worked as an entertainment editor at Bustle for over 5 years and she 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 certificates in business entrepreneurship and marketing at Santa Monica College. In her spare time, Mallory enjoys painting, going on random Wikipedia deep dives, and taking sunset photos. She is a member of the Writers Guild of America East and the Asian American Journalists Association.

Teaching, Mentorship, & Career Talks

Mallory is an adjunct journalism professor at the USC Annenberg School of Journalism, teaching audio and digital journalism. She is the radio coach for JOUR 206 Live, a core curriculum class where students write and report on news stories on Annenberg’s daily podcast, “From Where We Are” (available on Spotify). Previously, she was a writing coach for JOUR 206 Community Reporting.

Outside of USC, Mallory has participated in career and mentorship talks at the NYU Wasserman Career Center, the NYU Production Lab, the Asian American Journalists Associate, and the Grand Arts Media Symposium for LAUSD students.

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Journalism Portfolio

Mallory’s journalistic work has appeared in many digital media outlets and newspapers across the country over the past 20 years.

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Audio Writing & On-Mic Radio Appearances

Mallory has contributed work to the BBC World Service’s Outside Source during the #MeToo era and appeared on-mic as a guest several times, including for their Oscars coverage. She has also appeared on NPR stations.

Currently, she writes and edits scripted true crime and dark history podcasts for Spotify’s Parcast Studios. She was hired full-time after successfully freelance writing for the studio for several years prior.

Celebrity Interviews

Mallory has interviewed many, many celebrities throughout her career during one-on-one sit-downs, red carpet premieres, set visits, press events, and film and TV junkets, both on-camera and for print.

Among the celebs she’s interviewed are: Melissa McCarthy, Elisabeth Moss, Rachel Bloom, Alfre Woodard, Charlize Theron, Seth Rogen, Tracy Morgan, Nick Jonas, Casey Wilson, June Diane Raphael, Amy Sedaris, Diane Lane, Constance Zimmer, Dacre Montgomery, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jon Favreau, Vanessa Kirby, Kellie Martin, Ian Ziering, and a lot more.

Independent Creative Projects

COUCH POTATO COOK

COUCH POTATO COOK

Since 2013, Mallory has been running the food/pop culture website and Instagram Couch Potato Cook, which features food news and interviews with food personalities in LA & NYC. It has partnered with brands such as American Express, Walgreens, and Lee Kum Kee. (Podcast coming soon!)

Featured on Food Network, Teen Vogue, Gizmodo, and more.

VISIT COUCHPOTATOCOOK.COM
WEST COAST MEDIA JOBS

WEST COAST MEDIA JOBS

With over 1,400 subscribers, Mallory’s newsletter focuses on helping journalism job seekers in California and the Pacific Northwest find local and remote open roles in media. It’s sent out every Wednesday through Substack.

Featured in Poynter, Contently, and NBCU Academy.

WEST COAST MEDIA JOBS ON SUBSTACK

SCREENWRITING & OTHER CREATIVE WRITING

Mallory graduated USC’s School of Cinematic Arts with an MFA in Writing for Screen and Television from and has written screenplays and teleplays on the side for over a decade. She’ll also occasionally publish a personal essay on Medium.

Mallory is currently working on a mystery/thriller novel.

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Mallory is no longer on staff at Bustle and E! News. She is also no longer contributing to the Daily Meal.

Mallory will consider select food pitches for her blog/Instagram Couch Potato Cook