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

5 pieces to look for at the LACMA Mapplethorpe exhibition

LACMA's new exhibition, 'Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium,' spans five full rooms. To help you navigate, we've selected five pieces to look out for.

Robert Mapplethorpe finally gets his LA moment

Robert Mapplethorpe was an era-defining portraitist, documentarian, and still-life photographer. But he's never received a major Los Angeles show — until now.

'Vinyl' is set in the '70s but co-creator Terence Winter says issues resonate today

The HBO series revolves around a troubled record executive during an era when the music industry and society-at-large were going through tumultuous change.

Sarah Paulson: 'Marcia Clark is a thinking, feeling person'

Sarah Paulson, who plays Marcia Clark in the new FX series "The People v. O.J. Simpson," describes herself as "enraged" on behalf of the prosecutor.

Why 'Fresh Off The Boat' is written by fish out of water

To tell the story of a Taiwanese-American family in a mostly white suburb, showrunner Nahnatchka Khan staffed the writers room with fellow outsiders.

Obama speechwriter leaves White House for Funny Or Die

As part of his duties, David Litt wrote President Obama's jokes for the White House Correspondents Dinner. Now he's moved to Funny or Die's new outpost in Washington D.C.

'Full Frontal' showrunner: 'It’s us doing the fantasy show in our heads'

Jo Miller was a staff writer on "The Daily Show" until Samantha Bee was offered a show by TBS. Then Bee tapped Miller to run that show, "Full Frontal."

Reza Aslan: TV can transform how people see Muslims and Middle Easterners

The religious scholar, author and now talk show host looks forward to the day when there's an "Alll in the Family"-type show with Muslim and Middle Eastern characters.

Chris Rock 'evilly laughing' about hosting the Oscars

Comedian W. Kamau Bell thinks there's no place Chris Rock would rather be than 'onstage hosting the Academy Awards' while in the middle of the diversity controversy.

Hollywood is still 'a straight, white boys club,' study says

Researchers at USC say the entire media landscape "is still largely whitewashed" and that women and minorities are caught in an "epidemic of invisibility."

God is dead: David Javerbaum quits @TheTweetOfGod

Javerbaum worked on "The Daily Show" for 11 years and was the voice behind Twitter's @TheTweetOfGod, which has over 2 million followers. After more than five years, he's quitting.

'Mustang' filmmaker challenges patriarchy and gets an Oscar nomination

Director Deniz Gamze Ergüven shot "Mustang" in her homeland of Turkey. But she's also lived in France, which is why her film became that country's Academy Award entry.

New Twitter account exposes how female characters are described in scripts

As a producer, Ross Putman sees a lot of scripts. Now he's shedding a light on how many writers craft their female characters — and it says a lot about Hollywood.

Big Freedia: Uniting people through 'the power of the ass'

Big Freedia helped put New Orleans bounce music on the map and it led to a TV series and a guest appearance on Beyoncé's new song.

HBO's 'Jim' tells the backstory of murdered journalist James Foley

Brian Oakes makes his directorial debut with "Jim: The James Foley Story," a documentary that explores the intersection of terrorism and conflict journalism through the life of his childhood friend.