Mike Roe

Digital News Producer

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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

What's that flying over Los Angeles? A SpaceX rocket

Social media lit up with posts about a mysterious object flying through the skies above L.A. Was it a UFO? A chemtrail? Superman?

Thomas Fire becomes the largest fire in California history

As of Friday evening, the Thomas Fire has burned 273,400 acres, making it the largest fire in California history. The Thomas Fire took its spot on top as a gentle giant, not a raging beast, as the fire has slowed.

Some evacuations lifted as firefighters stop Riverside fire's progress

Riverside firefighters have stopped forward progress of a wind-driven brush fire near the city's downtown that erupted around 11:15 a.m. on the perimeter of a Boy Scout camp near the Santa Ana River. It burned 50 acres.

Thomas Fire grows to more than 400 square miles

The fire has raged for 11 days in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, destroying at least 700 homes, forcing thousands to evacuate and killing a firefighter.

How to make the most out of your ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ watching experience

You're going to see "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"! Great! Here's your checklist to make sure you have the best time possible at a theater near you.

SoCal's Thomas Fire now 25 percent contained, but continues to threaten homes

Red Flag warnings for fire danger due to Santa Ana winds and a critical lack of moisture were extended through the week instead of expiring Monday afternoon as was initially forecast.

Thomas Fire containment hits 20 percent as acres burned hit 231,700

The fire has destroyed 869 buildings, according to the latest totals. There are 18,000 structures that remain under threat.

Creek Fire: 70 percent contained, all evacuations have been lifted

The Creek Fire, which started early Tuesday morning in the Sylmar area, is now at 15,619 acres. Most nearby roads have been reopened.

Liberty Fire burns 300 acres in Murrieta, with 5 percent containment

A fire quickly jumped from 20 acres burned into the hundreds in the unincorporated Riverside County area of Murrieta on Thursday afternoon. The vegetation fire was burning at a "moderate to rapid rate," according to Cal Fire Riverside.

How you can help Southern California wildfire victims

Thousands of people have been displaced as several wildfires have scorched Southern California this week. Here's a list of resources on how to help them.

Thomas Fire burns 50,500 acres, forcing tens of thousands to evacuate

The Thomas Fire broke out Monday near Santa Paula has grown wildly to almost 80 square miles, burning more than 150 structures. About 38,000 people have been evacuated.

Video shows Anaheim police using headlock, Taser on suspect who later died

Taken from bodyworn and surveillance cameras, they show officers Woojin Jun and Daniel Wolfe trying to arrest Fermin Valenzuela, 32, on July 2, 2016. It was in response to a 911 call saying that the suspect had followed a woman home.

Fire danger alert issued for Los Angeles

Due to the high temperatures and dry weather, the L.A. Fire Department declared a citwyide Red Flag Alert starting Tuesday morning. It's the first such alert in the city since May 2014.

Missing Joshua Tree hikers died in apparent murder-suicide

Joseph Orbeso shot his girlfriend Rachel Nguyen before shooting himself, detectives believe, based on gunshot wounds and evidence located at the scene.

Firefighters reach 25 percent containment on Mount Wilson fire

The blaze was initially estimated at around 5 acres, but it steadily expanded as flames chewed through dry brush, reaching 50 acres.