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

A bad Farmville crop — Zynga closing LA office, laying off employees

San Francisco-based gaming company Zynga is laying off 520 employees, including closing its Los Angeles, New York and Dallas offices.

Powerhouse Fire: Evacuations lifted for some communities (Photos)

One resident tells KPCC about his evacuation, while firefighters working in darkness doubled containment of a massive wildfire north of Los Angeles to 40 percent overnight.

LA's OK Go releases iPhone game they created: Say the Same Thing

Can you and a friend both say random words, then figure out what those have in common to find the word “in between” those two words?

UPDATE: Evacuations lifted after gas leak in Newbury Park (MAP)

Evacuations were ordered Wednesday morning after a major gas leak was reported in Newbury Park. Portions of the 101 Freeway were set to be shut down before authorities changed their minds.

UPDATE: 'Hitler' billboard comes at bad time for JC Penney (POLL)

JC Penney has been receiving a lot of attention this week over a tea kettle, advertised on a billboard in Culver City, that some said resembled… Hitler.

4.8-magnitude earthquake rattles Southern California coast

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.8 has rattled Santa Barbara County. The quake was also felt in neighboring Ventura County.

Katy Perry, Robert Pattinson crash Santa Barbara wedding rehearsal

Katy Perry and Robert Pattinson decided over the weekend to attend a Santa Barbara County wedding rehearsal — for people they didn’t know.

POLL: Does this JC Penney billboard in Culver City look like Hitler?

Several customers have taken to the Web to complain about a J.C. Penney billboard that's next to the 405 in Culver City. The problem: It kind of looks like Hitler.

Update: Fire near Santa Barbara at 2.8 square miles, 10 percent contained

The White Fire north of Santa Barbara was being fed by winds expected to gust up to 40 mph, with 550 firefighters battling the blaze.

11 great videos from YouTube Comedy Week

YouTube Comedy Week promoted lots of familiar faces, some less familiar— and then there's the ones familiar only if you’re part of the hardcore YouTube community.

Homeless LA woman benefits from 'Hangover 3' star's generosity

When Zach Galifianakis found out two years ago that Elizabeth “Mimi” Haist was homeless, he set her up in a Santa Monica apartment that he pays the rent on.

Kate Upton rejects prom request, so Nina Agdal goes instead

An L.A. high schooler made headlines with a clever video asking Sports Illustrated cover model Kate Upton to prom. She passed, but model Nina Agdal agreed to go instead.

'Rocky Horror Picture Show' actor Tim Curry recovering from stroke

British actor Tim Curry, known for his role as Dr. Frank-N-Furter in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” is recovering after suffering a stroke at his home in L.A.

YouTube 'Clouds' music star Zach Sobiech dies at 18 (video)

Zach Sobiech, a young man diagnosed with bone cancer who became an Internet sensation thanks to a song he wrote called “Clouds,” died this week. He was 18.

VIDEO: 'Star Trek' safety video shot at San Onofre nuclear plant

The plant has been under scrutiny following pipe leaks that led to the plant being shut down, but back in happier times, they made a “Star Trek”-themed safety video.