Mike Roe Digital News Producer

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Mike Roe is a digital news producer for Southern California Public Radio and covers pop culture online and on air. Mike joined KPCC after working for KCTS public television in Seattle. He's covered events like Comic-Con, as well as breaking news.

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 and interned in commercial radio.

He earned a BA in history from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, and also spent time studying communications, music and religion.

When he's not covering the waterfront for KPCC, Mike writes and performs with several sketch comedy groups, including the monthly late night variety show It's Past My Bedtime and weekly topical show Top Story Weekly. He's graduated from both the improv and sketch comedy programs at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre.


Stories by Mike Roe

Marvel's 'Doctor Strange' faces 'whitewashing' accusations

The upcoming Marvel Studios movie has faced controversy for casting "the Ancient One," a character who is Asian in the original comic, with white actress Tilda Swinton.

Song of the week: 'If I Was Your Girlfriend' by Prince

The song asks how much more open Prince and his partner could be if they were friends, not lovers. Read about what made the song special and watch Prince perform it here.

6 places to pay tribute to Prince on Thursday night in LA

Prince doesn't have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame so you'll have to find another way to pay tribute to the Purple One, who passed away Thursday morning. Here's how.

LA County coroner's office underfunded, understaffed, report says

A civil grand jury report released Thursday says that problems at the Los Angeles County coroner's office are due to underfunding.

$177 million for Exide cleanup signed into law

Legislation was signed by Gov. Brown to direct $176.6 million to help expedite and expand both testing and cleanup around the former Exide battery plant in Vernon.

LA Police Commission rules unarmed man's shooting within policy

The L.A. Police Commission ruled Tuesday that the shooting of an unarmed man on June 19 of last year was within the LAPD's policy. The vote was 4-0.

Vigil at LA City Hall following attack on Armenians in Azerbaijan

Elected officials and Armenian-American community leaders were set to hold a candlelight vigil Tuesday night following a recent attack on Armenians in Azerbaijan.

Pasadena police shoot suspect following traffic stop

A traffic stop near Los Robles Avenue and Buckeye Street led to a chase on foot. Police shot the suspect, who was then transported to a local hospital.

Uber settles for $10 million over background check statements

Uber agreed to a $25 million settlement over allegedly misleading the public about background checks of its drivers, though it admitted no wrongdoing.

President Obama in LA — Here are the areas to avoid

Traffic tie-ups should be less than previous visits as Obama's set to land after rush hour Thursday and depart mid-day Friday, but there may still be traffic — find out where to avoid here.

All the April Fools' jokes you might've fallen for

Are Dodger Dogs going to be rationed? Did a Gmail extension prevent email from being received? On this day of pranks and hoaxes, we separate fact from fake news.

Get ready to shell out for Rams season tickets

They'll cost from $360 to $2,025 — but they're only available to the 56,000 fans who have already put down deposits.

UC Irvine announces e-sports program including a gaming 'arena'

Colleges build new sports arenas regularly, but it's a lot less common to see video gaming arenas. UC Irvine is creating one as part of an e-sports program this fall.

Disney's D23 Expo's new dates put it back-to-back with Comic-Con

The biggest impact fans may feel: more Marvel and Star Wars news at D23 Expo, and less of it at Comic-Con. This comes while L.A. tries to get Comic-Con to move north.

LA's broken sidewalks to get fixed — over the next 30 years

The plan was unanimously approved by the L.A. City Council. It calls for the city to spend about $30 million a year over the next three decades to make initial repairs.