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Mike Roe is a digital news producer for Southern California Public Radio, as well as covering pop culture online and on air. He's covered events like Comic-Con and E3, as well as breaking news. He was nominated for a National Entertainment Journalism award for his pop culture coverage and created KPCC's Public Radio Bracket Madness, which received national attention.
When he's not covering the waterfront for KPCC, Mike also writes and performs with several sketch comedy groups, including the Pack Theater house team Dandy and weekly topical show Top Story Weekly. He's written several TV screenplays, including one that was a quarterfinalist for the Austin Film Festival. He's also studied sketch and improv comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, the Pack Theater and elsewhere.
Mike 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, then interned in commercial radio and public television. He earned a BA in history from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, and also spent time studying communications, music and religion.
Stories by Mike Roe
We talked last week about the harsh tone in our public discourse recently, ranging from Congressman Joe Wilson yelling "You lie!" at the president to Kanye West interrupting Taylor Swift at the MTV Video Music Awards.
A wildfire burning near the Southern California city of Moorpark has grown to 6,000 acres as hot and dry Santa Ana winds sweep the region. Read more here, and keep up with the latest on our fire page.
Well, musically, at least.
Linda McMahon, wife of pro wrestling promoter Vince McMahon and CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), officially entered the race for Chris Dodd's U.S. Senate seat from Connecticut.
Our political and pop culture worlds converged this week in a rather unique way. During President Obama's address to a joint session of Congress last week on health care, Congressman Joe Wilson of South Carolina yelled "You lie!" after Obama stated that the health care reforms he was proposing wouldn't apply to illegal immigrants.
The U.S. Postal Service unveiled a new commemorative stamp for actor Gary Cooper, star of films like High Noon and Sergeant York, in a ceremony at the Autry National Center.
From KPCC's Susan Valot:
State insurance commissioner Steve Poizner spoke with KPCC's Patt Morrison to warn of insurance scams in the wake of the recent wildfires. He explained that insurance scam artists wait for situations that put people in distress and prey on these people in the aftermath of disaster.
California finance department spokesman HD Palmer told KPCC's Larry Mantle that there's enough money in the budget to cover the $108 million spent on emergency firefighting costs so far this fiscal year.
During his Tonight Show monologue Tuesday night, Conan O'Brien poked fun at the Station Fire threatening KPCC's transmitter. Listen here:
The L.A. County Department of Mental Health will help those affected by the Station Fire with six free clinics. A representative explained that they will be guided on how to get back on their feet and talk to their children about what happened.
The Station Fire has grown to over 140,000 acres. A U.S. Forest Service incident commander told KPCC's Steve Julian that he was worried about the areas above Pasadena, Arcadia, and Sierra Madre.
Be sure to check out fire updates from today's KPCC talk shows:
All Glendale schools will be closed again tomorrow. Glendale Unified officials hope to reopen schools on Thursday.
Incident commander Mike Dietrich with the U.S. Forest Service said the higher humidity and slightly lower temperatures helped fire crews get a handle on the Station Fire last night.