Mike Roe

Arts & Entertainment, LAist

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Mike Roe is the arts & entertainment editor for LAist, as well as being part of KPCC's broader coverage online and on air. He's covered events like Comic-Con and E3, as well as breaking news, from fires to shootings. He was nominated for a National Entertainment Journalism award for his pop culture coverage and created KPCC's Public Radio Bracket Madness, which received national attention.

When he's not covering the waterfront for LAist/KPCC, Mike writes TV drama scripts with his wife Kristiana; his writing has been honored in several contests. He also writes and performs sketch comedy. He's studied sketch and improv comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, the Pack Theater, and elsewhere.

Mike began his broadcast career at his high school radio station in Mercer Island, Washington, where he served as president and program director. From there he moved on to college and community radio, then interned in commercial radio and public television. He earned a BA in history from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, and also spent time studying communications, music, and religion.

Stories by Mike Roe

3 SoCal fireworks shows to check out this Fourth of July

Independence Day has arrived — and that means colorful booms lighting up the night sky. Here are the details on some of Southern California's largest Fourth of July events.

New Japan Pro-Wrestling moonsaults its way into Long Beach

New Japan is like WWE — with an extra dose of athleticism. This weekend, they're doing their first two major shows on American soil.

Brush fire burns near Burbank homes

A fire that broke out Wednesday afternoon in Burbank was threatening homes. It was at least the third fire in as many days amid red flag conditions.

Senate health care bill would affect 4 million Californians

The U.S, Senate health care bill could lead to serious reductions in Medi-Cal coverage, including reducing or ending coverage for more than 3.8 million people.

Single-payer California health care bill put on ice

​The proposed single-payer health care bill in the California state Assembly has been tabled for the rest of this year.

Los Angeles cracks down on illegal pharmacies

The city of Los Angeles announced a crackdown on illegal pharmacies Monday. Undercover investigators found one unlicensed pharmacy in Pacoima allegedly selling counterfeit medicines.

Why the 'Kingdom Hearts' video games are getting a concert tour

The "Kingdom Hearts" Disney role playing video game series comes to life this weekend at the Dolby Theatre, with a series of three concerts beginning Saturday.

California, 2 more states form climate pact in wake of US withdrawal

The governors of California, New York and Washington announced the formation of the U.S. Climate Alliance, a coalition of states that will adhere to the tenets of the Paris Climate Agreement.

Memorial Day: 5 videos and 15 songs to kick off summer

Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer. We want to help you feel those vibes with videos and music as warm and melancholy as a sunset on the beach.

WhedonCon: A 3-day celebration of Buffy and the rest of Joss's universe

There are few behind-the-scenes pop culture figures that inspire the fervent fan devotion that Joss Whedon does.

Quiz: Do you know how to drive safely around large trucks?

It’s frequently the actions of the car driver, not the truck, that cause the most serious collisions. Test your knowledge about driving around big trucks.

3 dead, 1 wounded after San Bernardino school shooting

A female teacher is dead and two students wounded after a shooting in a classroom at North Park Elementary, in what is believed to be a murder-suicide, officials said.

How 'Logan' made an effects-heavy movie that feels real

Last month's gritty superhero hit "Logan" offered a grounded take on the superhero, but it still began with high-tech previsualization used to lay out the film's complex stunts and subtle special effects.

'Prison Break' cast, crew talks their latest escape — 12 years later

Twelve years since the show debuted, the relationship between the show's two leads — Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell — continue to be the show's heart in a new reboot.

Christopher Daniels fights for honor on Wrestlemania weekend

Ring Of Honor is an upstart wrestling company holding its own major show outside the world of WWE and Wrestlemania, featuring their champion, Palmdale's Christopher Daniels.