Mike Roe Digital News Producer/Blogger

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Mike Roe is a Web producer for Southern California Public Radio and lead writer for pop culture blog Without A Net. Mike joined KPCC in November 2007 after working for KCTS public television in Seattle.

Roe began his broadcast career at his high school radio station KMIH in Mercer Island, Washington, where he served as president and program director. From there he moved on to college and community radio, and interned in commercial radio.

He earned a BA in history from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.

When he's not covering the waterfront for KPCC, Mike writes and performs with several improv and sketch comedy groups. He's graduated from both the improv and sketch comedy programs at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. He also hosts the Geek Pilgrims podcast and serves on the board of his church.

Stories by Mike Roe

'Jem and the Holograms' makes history, pulled from theaters after 2 weeks

Pulling a movie so fast is something Exhibitor Relations says is unheard of for a wide release. You might even say it's "truly outrageous."

Kelly Thomas: Looking back at the police brutality case as civil trial gets underway

A wrongful death civil trial has started over the death of Kelly Thomas, a homeless mentally ill man who died following a violent altercation with Fullerton police in 2011.

SeaWorld to phase out killer whale shows in 2016

The decision to phase out the One Ocean show was based on customer feedback at the San Diego park, according to Joel Manby, president and CEO of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment.

New bill aims to phase out public displays of captive orcas

A bill that aims to phase out the public display of captive killer whales was announced Friday. It follows increased scrutiny of Seaworld and how it treats whales.

Disney pulls back on marketing 'Slave Leia' and her gold bikini

Princess Leia appeared in "Return of the Jedi" in a gold bikini that was heavily marketed for decades since, but Disney is apparently putting an end to using the provocative costume.

BuzzFeed to withdraw from SXSW after gaming panels pulled due to threats

The panels, which were not BuzzFeed-sponsored, both included women who had been harassed as part of Gamergate, an online movement related to gender issues in gaming.

Jeb Bush's super-awkward Supergirl quip

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush was asked about his favorite Marvel superhero. As he answered, he said he saw an ad for "Supergirl" and thinks she's "pretty hot."

Fresh & Easy grocery chain set to shut down unless sold

The Fresh & Easy grocery chain released a statement Wednesday announcing that they would be shutting down. However, they noted that they are still looking to sell.

Urban Flood Advisory issued for downtown LA, Burbank, Glendale

Heavy showers have been producing rain between 0.25 and 0.5 inches. Flooding has already hit the Boyle Heights area.

101 Freeway reopened following police activity near Universal Studios

Both directions of the 101 Freeway were reopened after being shut down earlier due to a man threatening to commit suicide by jumping off an overpass, with the man being taken into custody.

12 songs that landed Kool & The Gang a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Kool & The Gang has 12 top 10 singles, including hits like "Jungle Boogie," "Get Down On It" and "Celebration." Find out more about the story of their career told by these songs.

Heavy rain, possible flooding as thunderstorm moves into Burbank

A quick-developing thunderstorm was heading toward Burbank this afternoon, according to the National Weather Service, with a brief heavy rain expected and possible flooding.

#PodcastDay: The podcasts that have the KPCC staff glued to their earbuds

Let's celebrate the shows that make us listen harder. We've put together a list of some of our favorite podcasts here at KPCC, but we'd love for you to tell us your favorites too.

Bill allowing for hit-and-run alerts signed into California law

A bill allowing the Amber Alert system to be used for alerts about suspected hit-and-runs has been signed into law. Assemblyman Mike Gatto explains why he thinks it's important.

Spider-Gwen: What if Emma Stone led a Spider-spinoff

What if Spider-Man's love interest, Gwen Stacy, had been bit by a radioactive spider instead of mild-mannered Peter Parker? A new Spider-Woman trailer speculates...