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

Happy 75th birthday, Superman: The Man of Steel and his LA connections

While Superman made the cover of Action Comics #1, he wasn’t even the only story in that comic — but he soon took over, with later issues hitting 1 million in sales.

UPDATE: No bomb found at Cal State LA; campus still closed

Students are being allowed back into dorms, though the campus is closed. The school closed at noon and was evacuated after a bomb threat was phoned in.

How Twitter's new music platform works. And how it can humiliate you

Twitter's it-took-so-long-we-almost-gave-up-on-it music service arrived Thursday in a shiny, boxy layout that allows people to easily find music and share via iTunes, Spotify and Rdio.

E! 'Fashion Police' writers go on strike over wages, benefits (video)

“We have earned the right to be a Guild show, we deserve to be a Guild show, and we want to be a Guild show,” “Fashion Police” writer Ned Rice said in a WGA statement.

Boston Marathon bombings: FBI denies arrest made; CNN, AP walk back earlier reports

Despite reports on CNN and by the AP saying otherwise, no arrests were made in the Boston Marathon bombings when CNN and AP reported there were, according to the FBI and the Boston Police Department.

Interview: Harry Shearer on 'Le Show' being taken off the air in LA (audio)

“Le Show,” a public broadcasting institution hosted by Harry Shearer since 1983, was removed from KCRW’s broadcast schedule effective immediately earlier this week.

VIDEO: 'Bachelor' parody 'Burning Love' back for season 3

The show’s previous seasons took shots at the world of “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette,” and now they’re parodying the less renowned “Bachelor Pad."

VIDEO: Ira Glass cameos in Thao & The Get Down Stay Down music video

Ira Glass is following his KPCC Public Radio Bracket Madness win by getting his celebrity on in the latest music video from Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, “We The Common.”

The winner of Public Radio Bracket Madness: This American Life (Update)

Ladies and gentlemen, after a finals with almost 50,000 votes cast, we can announce the winner of Public Radio Bracket Madness and the 2013 Golden Radio trophy: “This American Life.” Plus watch photos of Host Ira Glass receiving the hardware.

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.