Darby Maloney Arts & Entertainment Editor, The Frame

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Darby C. Maloney is the Arts & Entertainment Editor for Southern California Public Radio. She works on KPCC's daily arts and entertainment program, The Frame.

Prior to joining KPCC, Darby covered the entertainment industry as producer of KCRW’s "The Business" and the "Hollywood Breakdown." While at KCRW, she launched "The Spin-off," a monthly podcast about television, contributed to other culture shows such as "Unfictional," and her work on "The Business" earned numerous awards including two Gracies, a Golden Mike, and a National Entertainment Journalism Award.

In 2006-2007 she was a contributing producer to the "This American Life" television series on Showtime. In the episode "Growth Spurt," she produced the story "Lights, Camera, Traction" about a group of people at the Burbank Senior Artists Colony who made a short film and in the process discovered what it means to be young. From 2008-2010 she helped launch and produce the web-series "The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers" with NOVA and WGBH. The series was nominated for a Webby and won a Streamy in that time.

Prior to her career in producing, Darby was a psychotherapist who was trained in psychoanalysis. She has a BA in English from Northwestern University and a Masters in Social Work from Boston University.


Stories by Darby Maloney

Rock the Vote — motivating with music, since 1990

Rock The Vote has been motivating young voters since 1990 — with a little help from rappers, movie stars and... YouTube. How does the group stay relevant in 2016?

Rep. John Lewis wants his graphic novel, 'March,' to inspire young activists

The civil rights pioneer and congressman harnesses the power of comic books to bring the message of non-violent activism to a new generation.

'Don't Think Twice': Mike Birbiglia's love letter to friendship and the art of improv

The comedian and filmmaker's new movie is about the triumphs and travails of an improv comedy troupe, but it’s not all laughs.

Betty Buckley's feminist take on the musical, 'Grey Gardens'

The Broadway icon plays Edith Beale, an aunt of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, who lived out her days with her daughter in a ramshackle house in East Hampton.

'The Americans' showrunners 'recalibrate' their self-image in light of Emmys

Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields are the showrunners of the FX drama "The Americans" which until today was partially defined by being the "best show no one watched" and a show that never got love from the Emmys.

Former Hollywood intern speaks out on 'wage theft,' Fox settlement

The studio has settled a class action suit that alleged the studio was getting free labor for work usually done by paid employees.

'Other People' filmmaker to close Outfest with a personal cancer comedy

The closing night film at the LGBT film festival is the debut from writer-director Chris Kelly. It stars Molly Shannon as a terminally-ill woman in a story that was inspired by Kelly's real mother.

Roseanne Barr says her bid for president 'killed' her TV career

Comedian Roseanne Barr is the subject and executive producer of the new documentary "Roseanne for President!" which chronicles her 2012 bid for President of the US.

Academy board hopefuls want action: 'We can't wait for Hollywood to open doors'

Earlier this week, the Academy invited the largest and most diverse group of new members ever. As a result, election platforms for new governors have become polarized.

Why Gary Ross quit 'The Hunger Games' to do 'Free State of Jones'

The filmmaker approached making the movie the way a graduate student might take on a dissertation — through years and years of research and studying.

Jim Henson's daughter expands on his creative legacy, on- and off-camera

Under the leadership of Lisa Henson, the Jim Henson Company has moved to diversify its staff and advance its use of technology. She even plans a virtual reality project using a script by her father from the 1960s.

Did Led Zeppelin rip off 'Stairway to Heaven'?

Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” is consider by some to be the greatest song of the classic rock era. Was its signature intro stolen from another band?

How the director of 'The Fits' made a quiet movie that says a lot

For her movie about a young girl’s coming of age, Anna Rose Holmer cast a girls dance troupe whose members had never acted in a movie.

George C. Wolfe's 'Shuffle Along' and the musical that 'electrified' 1920s New York

“Shuffle Along” was a massive commercial success in the 1920s, but the musical and its origins have been largely lost to Broadway history. Until now.

Comedian Quincy Jones: 'There is no cancer when I'm on that stage'

The 31-year-old comedian received a stage 4 cancer diagnosis last year. A successful Kickstarter campaign will make possible the taping of a stand-up special so he has something to leave behind.