Mike Roe Digital News Producer

Mike Roe
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Mike Roe is a digital news producer for Southern California Public Radio and covers pop culture online and on air. Mike joined KPCC after working for KCTS public television in Seattle. He's covered events like Comic-Con, as well as breaking news.

Mike 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, and also spent time studying communications, music and religion.

When he's not covering the waterfront for KPCC, Mike writes and performs with several sketch comedy groups, including the monthly late night variety show It's Past My Bedtime and weekly topical show Top Story Weekly. He's graduated from both the improv and sketch comedy programs at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre.


Stories by Mike Roe

Parking permits for new Expo Line stations go on sale Sunday

Metro's offering parking at three of its new Expo Line extension stations — 544 spaces total, with 221 requiring permits. But there are a few rules.

LA County Sheriff's psychologist allegedly molested 2 kids

A Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department psychologist was charged Monday with multiple counts of sexually molesting a young boy and girl.

Yarnell Hill Fire: The lone surviving firefighter shares his story

Nineteen firefighters died three years ago in a fire that burned 8,000 acres. The lone survivor, Brendan McDonough, told KPCC his story.

San Bernardino shooting: Marquez trial pushed back 8 months

The trial of Enrique Marquez Jr., who bought the rifles used in the San Bernardino attack, is being pushed back from July 19, 2016 to March 21, 2017.

Prince tribute event set for the steps of LA City Hall

A memorial to honor Prince is scheduled for Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. on the Spring Street steps of City Hall, with performers including the Time and Faith Evans.

Free Comic Book Day: How comics try winning diverse readers

This Saturday is Free Comic Book Day. It comes as comic books become more diverse on the page, while also drawing a more diverse audience.

Stunning San Miguel Island reopens after 2 years

See what California looked like more than a hundred years ago when remote San Miguel Island reopens this month.

Do 'Star Wars' or 'Star Trek' fans have more word nerd skills?

Star Wars fans are celebrating Star Wars Day — May the 4th. A new analysis looks at online comments by fans to see if "Star Wars" fans can back up that pun.

Anaheim man pleads not guilty to charges following Trump protest

Luis Fernando Alarcon, 19, is being charged with a felony count of vandalism over $400 and a misdemeanor charge of inciting a riot.

LA Metro offers free rides for Expo extension opening

The free rides will be available on the entire Expo Line, not just the new extension. They begin at noon May 20 and last until close of service May 21.

LA League of Conservation Voters set to hold supervisors debate

A debate for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisor's 5th District is set for Wednesday night. The current supervisor, Mike Antonovich, is retiring due to term limits.

Northbound Sepulveda tunnel near LAX down to 1 lane Wednesday night

Two of three northbound lanes through the Sepulveda Tunnel near LAX are set to close overnight Wednesday, starting at 11 p.m.

Marvel's 'Doctor Strange' faces 'whitewashing' accusations

The upcoming Marvel Studios movie has faced controversy for casting "the Ancient One," a character who is Asian in the original comic, with white actress Tilda Swinton.

Song of the week: 'If I Was Your Girlfriend' by Prince

The song asks how much more open Prince and his partner could be if they were friends, not lovers. Read about what made the song special and watch Prince perform it here.

6 places to pay tribute to Prince on Thursday night in LA

Prince doesn't have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame so you'll have to find another way to pay tribute to the Purple One, who passed away Thursday morning. Here's how.