JOURNALIST - EDITOR - PROFESSOR - STORYTELLER

MALLORY CARRA

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Mallory Carra is an award-winning journalist, editor, producer 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 for Communication & Journalism, where she teaches audio, digital, and TV journalism, and Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film & Media Arts, where she teaches broadcast and social media journalism.

Outside of teaching, Mallory is a freelance producer and writer, contributing articles to NBCU Academy’s Equity Lab and working on hit podcasts, like former USC provost Charles Zukoski’s Electric Futures, The Why Files, and Sarah Turney’s Voices for Justice. For over 5 years, Carra worked at Spotify’s Parcast Studios, where she worked on more than a dozen of the platform’s top-rated podcasts, including Disappearances, Serial Killers, and Conspiracy Theories.

Additionally, she co-leads the Asian American Journalists Association’s (AAJA) college journalism program, VOICES. Carra is an alum of AAJA’s Executive Leadership Program and Poynter’s Lead with Influence. She is also a recipient of AAJA’s 2024 Dinah Eng Leadership Fellowship.

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 longtime member of the Asian American Journalists Association, the Writers Guild of America and the Podcasting Academy. She also runs West Coast Media Jobs, a journalism jobs newsletter focusing on California and the Pacific Northwest.

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Teaching, Mentorship, & Career Talks

At the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, Mallory teaches audio, video and digital journalism. She is an instructor and radio coach for JOUR 206 Live Writing and Reporting, a core curriculum class where students write and report on news stories for a daily radio show and TV news broadcast. Mallory is also the faculty advisor for elevASIAN, the Asian and Pacific Islander vertical. Previously, she was a writing coach for JOUR 206 Community Reporting.

At Chapman’s Dodge College of Film & Media Arts, she teaches broadcast and social media journalism.

Mallory has given in career and mentorship talks at the NYU Wasserman Career Center, the NYU Production Lab, the Asian American Journalists Association, and the Grand Arts Media Symposium. In 2024, she co-led the Asian American Journalists Association’s college student program, VOICES, after serving as an editor/mentor in 2023.

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Portfolio

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

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Podcasting & Audio

As a freelance writer/producer, Mallory has worked on hit podcasts, such as Sarah Turney’s Voices for Justice, The Why Files, and former USC provost Charles Zukoski’s Electric Futures, focusing on a small Southern California community facing great economic and environmental change.

For over 5 years, Mallory wrote and edited scripted true crime and dark history podcasts for Spotify’s Parcast Studios on a freelance, then full-time basis. She earned a certificate from UC Berkeley’s Advanced Media Institute in Podcasting: Telling Stories in Sound.

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

Mallory has taught audio storytelling at USC Annenberg and at AAJA VOICES.

She is available for podcast consulting services.

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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.

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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, Indeed, 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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Let’s work together.

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
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