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

LA comedian gets to join the future before you with Google Glass (audio)

Heather Campbell has an impressive resume: former “Saturday Night Live” writer, appearing on the rebooted “Whose Line Is It Anyway”… and now, a winner in the Google Glass Explorer program.

Evacuation: White powder scare blows through LA Mayor’s Office

A staffer for Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa opened a letter Thursday that had white power inside. The front hall of the Mayor's Office was evacuated and closed off.

Comedian Louis CK talks growing up in Mexico, immigrating back to US

C.K.’s father was from Mexico, and while C.K. was born in California, his family moved south of the border when he was 1 year old before returning to the U.S.

Comic book 'Saga' blocked on iOS over gay sex on alien robot's TV head (updated)

Thanks to a couple small but explicit depictions of gay sex, major digital comic retailer Comixology banned the Image Comics book from being sold through any iOS apps.

VIDEO: 'Coachella is Awesome!' takes shots at how horrible summer music festivals are

If you’re sick of all the headaches associated with summer music festivals in general, you might agree with the sentiment of the new fake Coachella commercial “Coachella is Awesome!”

Radiolab, This American Life try to kneecap each other in public radio brackets

This American Life and Radiolab are facing off in the Public Radio Bracket Madness finals, and they're taking to social media to get out the vote.

Public Radio Bracket Madness FINALS: Radiolab vs. This American Life

So we’ve had a lot of fun voting for our favorite public radio shows. But this is where it gets real. And we’ve even got a prize.

King of the film critics Roger Ebert dies (videos, photos)

Ebert was known for his thumbs-up, thumbs-down TV reviews that influenced moviegoers across the nation.

E! 'Fashion Police' writers file claim for alleged back wages

Writers from the E! network show “Fashion Police” have filed claims alleging the show broke California labor laws and doesn’t compensate writers for the hours they work.

April Fool's Day: 8 best prank stories, including Google Maps Treasure Mode

Google Nose lets you sniff "15M+ sentibytes" via your computer screen. Twttr is for those who only want to use consonants. YouTube closes until 2023 because it has enough videos already. Morning Edition profiles "Hootie and the Time Travelers." The April 1 foolishness has begun.

Awesome cosplay from WonderCon (photos)

Fans of popular culture went all out with their costumes at WonderCon on Easter weekend in Anaheim. Check them out in our photo slideshow.

Police make arrest in 10-year-old Northridge girl's kidnapping

Police have arrested a suspect in connection with last week's kidnapping and sexual assault of a 10-year-old girl from her family's home in Northridge.

Update: Chase Bank's website back up after crashing for 2nd time in weeks

Chase Bank tweeted at 10:36 a.m. that the site was experiencing issues, and users have been registering their difficulties with the site.

Public Radio Bracket Final 4: Wait Wait vs. This American Life, Fresh Air vs. Radiolab

It's down to your public radio final four, and it's time to make your vote known. Vote in our polls to decide the one public radio show to rule them all.

12 awesome things you can see 1st at Anaheim’s WonderCon

This weekend is WonderCon, delivering everything from Joss Whedon to new "Doctor Who." Here's everything you need to know about San Diego Comic-Con’s kid brother.