Mike Roe Digital News Producer/Blogger

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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

'Bathing Beauty' Esther Williams dies; see video of her underwater moments

“Bathing Beauty” Esther Williams, the Inglewood-born swimming champion who took her swim moves to film in 1940s and ’50s musicals, has died at 91.

Update: Powerhouse Fire 70 percent contained

Firefighters are conducting mop-up operations. Earlier in the day 10 more homes had been found destroyed, according to U.S. Forest Service spokesman Matt Corelli.

Robert F. Kennedy assassinated 45 years ago this week (archival photos)

The brother of President John F. Kennedy won the California Democratic primary on June 4, 1968, but just after midnight, he was shot by assassin Sirhan Sirhan.

FBI raids offices of Calif. state Sen. Ron Calderon (updated)

The FBI searched the offices of the senator whose district includes Montebello. Contrary to earlier reports, the Latino Caucus denies its offices were searched.

How tweetable are Gov. Brown and President Obama? (interactive)

Obama is the first president in the Twitter era, and short, tweetable lines make it easy for his words to spread. How does California’s Gov. Brown compare?

'Sopranos' tops 101 best-written TV shows: Vote your favorites (polls)

Do you agree with the Writers Guild list of the 101 best-written TV shows ever? Break the ties between "Freaks and Geeks" and "Moonlighting"! Let us know which shows were slighted!

A bad Farmville crop — Zynga closing LA office, laying off employees

San Francisco-based gaming company Zynga is laying off 520 employees, including closing its Los Angeles, New York and Dallas offices.

Powerhouse Fire: Evacuations lifted for some communities (Photos)

One resident tells KPCC about his evacuation, while firefighters working in darkness doubled containment of a massive wildfire north of Los Angeles to 40 percent overnight.

LA's OK Go releases iPhone game they created: Say the Same Thing

Can you and a friend both say random words, then figure out what those have in common to find the word “in between” those two words?

UPDATE: Evacuations lifted after gas leak in Newbury Park (MAP)

Evacuations were ordered Wednesday morning after a major gas leak was reported in Newbury Park. Portions of the 101 Freeway were set to be shut down before authorities changed their minds.

UPDATE: 'Hitler' billboard comes at bad time for JC Penney (POLL)

JC Penney has been receiving a lot of attention this week over a tea kettle, advertised on a billboard in Culver City, that some said resembled… Hitler.

4.8-magnitude earthquake rattles Southern California coast

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.8 has rattled Santa Barbara County. The quake was also felt in neighboring Ventura County.

Katy Perry, Robert Pattinson crash Santa Barbara wedding rehearsal

Katy Perry and Robert Pattinson decided over the weekend to attend a Santa Barbara County wedding rehearsal — for people they didn’t know.

POLL: Does this JC Penney billboard in Culver City look like Hitler?

Several customers have taken to the Web to complain about a J.C. Penney billboard that's next to the 405 in Culver City. The problem: It kind of looks like Hitler.

Update: Fire near Santa Barbara at 2.8 square miles, 10 percent contained

The White Fire north of Santa Barbara was being fed by winds expected to gust up to 40 mph, with 550 firefighters battling the blaze.