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Mike Roe is the arts & entertainment editor for LAist, as well as being part of KPCC's broader coverage online and on air. He's covered events like Comic-Con and E3, as well as breaking news, from fires to shootings. 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 LAist/KPCC, Mike writes TV drama scripts with his wife Kristiana; his writing has been honored in several contests. He also writes and performs sketch comedy at several local comedy theaters. He's 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 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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
A heat wave is hitting on Southern California. Find a cooling center near you and get tips for the air-conditionally challenged.
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.
Joseph Orbeso shot his girlfriend Rachel Nguyen before shooting himself, detectives believe, based on gunshot wounds and evidence located at the scene.
The blaze was initially estimated at around 5 acres, but it steadily expanded as flames chewed through dry brush, reaching 50 acres.
The fire has burned through 8,000 acres in Orange County, destroying 15 structures and damaging 12 more, according to the latest information from incident command.
Mental health community meetings are being offered in Riverside County on Wednesday evening in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting.
Most of the evacuations in Anaheim and the surrounding area have been lifted. Anaheim, Orange and Tustin residents were allowed to return to evacuated homes this evening, according to Anaheim Fire and Rescue.
A brush fire that started Monday morning near Coal Canyon and the 91 Freeway quickly scorched thousands of acres, fueled by winds. Mandatory evacuation orders have been issued.
The law places sharp limits on how state and local law enforcement agencies can comply with federal immigration authorities. That puts California in conflict with President Trump.
The local victims include a Simi Valley school office manager, a Manhattan Beach special education teacher and a Manhattan Beach civilian police employee.
The sheriff gave a timeline of the shooting Wednesday. The first shots began at 10:05 p.m. Sunday and ended 10 minutes later.