Mike Roe

Digital News Producer

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Mike Roe is a digital news producer for Southern California Public Radio, as well as covering pop culture online and on air. He's covered events like Comic-Con and E3, as well as breaking news. 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 KPCC, Mike also writes and performs with several sketch comedy groups, including the Pack Theater house team Dandy and weekly topical show Top Story Weekly. He's written several TV screenplays, including one that was a quarterfinalist for the Austin Film Festival. He's also 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 KMIH 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

VIDEO: How to dress like a Los Angeles stereotype

In the first episode of Web series "WHAT THE F*SHION?" comedian Casey Jane Ellison parodies Los Angeles fashion, and the fashion or L.A. celebs.

Michael Ansara, Star Trek's Klingon 'Kang,' dies at 91 (video)

Michael Ansara played the warrior Kang on the original “Trek” and was also a staple of TV and films. He was 91.

Mars Curiosity: For Monday's 1st anniversary, a video of the year in 2 minutes

NASA's Charles Bolden said Curiosity’s achievements “advance us toward further exploration, including sending humans to an asteroid and Mars.”

Pasadena home owner faces charges following fire that killed 2 men

Prosecutors have filed more than 100 counts against the owner of a Pasadena house where two men died in an explosion and arson fire last November.

Ellen DeGeneres to host the 2014 Oscars (video)

Ellen DeGeneres and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Friday morning that DeGeneres will be hosting the next Academy Awards ceremony.

Buffett plays Willy Wonka, auctioning See's Candy Factory tour

A prominent business owner is auctioning an all-you-can-eat tour through a gigantic chocolate factory. No, Willy Wonka isn’t real — it’s billionaire Warren Buffett.

Comic-Con 2013: Marvel fights back against 'Superman vs. Batman'

Marvel and DC both came out at Comic-Con 2013 fighting, with Marvel hoping to continue its moment and DC trying to build on the success of “Man of Steel."

Comic-Con 2013: 'Agents of SHIELD' premieres and Agent Coulson lives

Marvel presented the new "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." at Comic-Con, surprising fans by playing the entire pilot of the latest show from the mind of Joss Whedon.

Comic-Con 2013: Ender's Game controversy, X-Files reunion and more (photos)

Comic-Con 2013 is already making headlines, with only one full day in the books. Here's a look at highlights from what Comic-Con has offered up thus far.

San Diego Comic-Con 2013 Preview: 11 buzzworthy events (video)

San Diego Comic-Con, the annual gathering of pop culture fans, media and stars, starts Wednesday night and runs through Sunday. What should you be excited about?

US government recognizes 'League of Legends' video game as a sport

Riot Games worked with the United States government and has managed to get the competitors who play Riot’s “League of Legends” recognized as pro athletes.

VIDEO: Tanker fire on I-5 closes southbound 2, northbound 5 'long term'

A tanker filled with up to 7,500 gallons of gasoline crashed on the 5 at the 2 Freeway interchange Saturday morning, closing down the freeways and sending up dark smoke.

What everyone really thinks about LA, according to Google searches

What exasperates people about Los Angeles? Let's look at the Google AutoSuggest results of “why is [city name] so…” for the United States’ 50 largest cities.

'Spider-Man' star Andrew Garfield: Spidey should be gay (POLL)

“What if MJ is a dude?" Garfield said. "Why can’t we discover that Peter is exploring his sexuality? … So why can’t he be gay? Why can’t he be into boys?”

OC Register launches new Long Beach newspaper

The newspaper is scheduled to begin publication on Aug. 19. The O.C. Register's publisher says the new paper isn't about competing with the Long Beach Press-Telegram.