Mike Roe Digital News Producer/Blogger

Mike Roe
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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

‘The Persian Square’ looks at over 100 years of Iranian-Americans

Los Angeles has the largest Iranian community in any city outside of Iran. A new digital book, “The Persian Square,” traces over a century of Iranian-American experience.

Beverly Center evacuated due to suspicious package in garage (Updated)

LAPD used a robot to detonate the package found inside a vehicle in the parking garage at the popular shopping mall.

A joke will be written in skywriting above downtown LA Saturday afternoon

“I’m asking you to donate money so that I can hire a man in a plane to write stupid things with clouds in the sky.” Kurt Braunohler raised $4,000 on Kickstarter to do just that.

Prince announces West Coast tour, snubs Los Angeles

Prince has apparently had enough of Los Angeles. A new tour includes clubs up and down the West Coast — but none in Los Angeles.

Pay-what-you-want comic 'The Private Eye' looks at LA in 2076

“The Private Eye” is a new comic book from two of the most acclaimed writers in comics. And it’s available online, DRM-free, in multiple formats, for whatever you want to pay.

POLL: Public Radio Bracket Madness Round 2: Vote for your favorite show

As the NCAA basketball tournament starts in earnest Thursday, Round 1 of the Public Radio Bracket Madness ends. See if your show made the sweet 16. (UPDATE: Voting has closed.)

UPDATE: 5 of 6 former Bell officials found guilty of misappropriation of funds

The jury is deadlocked on several counts and will continue deliberations. The judge rejects an attempt by defense attorneys to challenge the validity of the verdicts.

2.8 earthquake rattles downtown Los Angeles

An earthquake hit just southeast of downtown Los Angeles Wednesday morning. Well, maybe "hit" is too strong a word.

‘Enlightened’ canceled by HBO; Patton Oswalt campaigns on Twitter to save it

HBO released a statement saying that it was proud of the show and that canceling it was a “very difficult decision,” but bad ratings mean it's kaput.

‘Homeland’ writer/executive producer Henry Bromell dies

Bromell also had a personal stake in the show’s clandestine intelligence agency world — his father was a CIA agent.

March Madness: Brackets make public radio shows get cutthroat

We built a little public radio bracket pitting our favorite shows against one another. Little did we know it would lead to all-out Twitter war.

‘The Bible’ draws criticism over Satan actor resembling Obama

The show also used several Southern Californian religious experts to vet the biblical accuracy of their dramatization.

POLL: March Madness: 32 public radio shows — which is your favorite?

The March Madness brackets are out, so we’re dropping our own bracket on you, fair listener. It’s your chance to vote for your favorite public radio show.

7 ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in LA that aren't about green beer

This St. Patrick’s Day, put the green beer down and drive (before drinking that green beer) to check out one of these events around the Southland area.

UPDATE: LA to cut $40,000 check for truck shot during Dorner manhunt

L.A. has agreed to issue a $40,000 check to compensate newspaper delivery women whose truck was damaged when police shot at it, believing Dorner was inside.