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

Should a transgender contestant be let back into Miss Universe?

Jenna Talackova wanted to compete in Miss Universe but got booted because she was born a man. She came to L.A. for a press conference with her new celebrity attorney.

Have hipsters gone too far? The Kristen Stewart art show

A show with art centered around Kristen Stewart. Yes, really. That Kristen Stewart. The one from the "Twilight" movies, notorious for showing about 1.5 emotions.

'Heroes + Villains' combines superheroes and gay culture

Geek art is growing, going from the Internet to places like L.A.'s Gallery 1988. A show in that vein combining superheroes with gay culture is opening in Atlanta.

SAG/AFTRA actors unions merge into 1

The final act in the drama over whether the two big actors unions SAG and AFTRA would merge played out Friday, with the unions' members voting for them to join together.

Villaraigosa: LA must lay off 'large number of employees'

"We're going to lay off a large number of employees. I'm not going to say how many," Villaraigosa said at the City Administrative Officer Investors Conference.

$7 million in LA taxpayer-purchased fuel missing

More than $7 million in Los Angeles taxpayer-purchased gasoline and other fuel has gone missing in recent years, despite a $12 million fuel tracking system.

Police arrest 911 caller after shooting of unarmed teen

Police arrested the 911 caller who reported the alleged armed robbery that led to 19-year-old Kendrec Lavelle McDade being killed by police.

Judge refuses to reduce Miramonte teacher Berndt's bail

South L.A. elementary school teacher Mark Berndt, charged with lewd acts on 23 children, had his request to reduce bail from $23 million to $1 million rejected.

Kinde Durkee likely to plead guilty to embezzling $8M

Durkee was the treasurer for numerous California Democrats and allegedly stole more than $8 million.

'Mad Men' is lying to you: It's actually shot in Los Angeles

"Mad Men" allegedly takes place in 1960s Manhattan, but the show's locations are almost all right here in L.A., including landmarks like the Millennium Biltmore.

Why does comedy have a liberal bias?

More often than not, when you see a comedian get political, they're taking shots at conservative rather than liberal ideas. Is there a place for conservative comedy?

Trayvon Martin supporters march in downtown LA

A rally dubbed the "Million Hoodie March,was held in downtown L.A. Monday in support of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black man who was shot and killed in Florida.

School cop Stenroos to pay LA $309,000 for hoax shooting

Stenroos agreed to pay the city a lump sum of $309,000. He was a school police officer who accidentally shot himself but said it was incurred in the line of duty.

Comedian Gallagher retires following heart attack, coma

Gallagher, the over-the-top comic with a fondness for smashing produce, is hanging up the sledgehammer. (Yes, he was still performing.)

Online dating vs. online gaming: Which creates more romance?

The site OnlineUniversity.net put together an infographic comparing the success of online dating sites with the success of dating someone met through gaming online.