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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
San Francisco-based gaming company Zynga is laying off 520 employees, including closing its Los Angeles, New York and Dallas offices.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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 and Robert Pattinson decided over the weekend to attend a Santa Barbara County wedding rehearsal — for people they didn’t know.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.