Mike Roe Digital News Producer

Mike Roe
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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

FYF Fest 2013 lineup headlined by Yeah Yeah Yeahs, My Bloody Valentine

FYF Fest, Los Angeles’s own mini-Coachella music festival, just released its lineup for another year of delivering indie rock darlings to the SoCal faithful.

MAP: Where racist, homophobic speech comes from on Twitter

Check out screenshots of racist and homophobic tweets, from both Southern California and nationally, as defined by the project.

Lisa Loeb says 'Stay' for her journey into children's music

Lisa Loeb recently appeared at the L.A. Times Festival of Books, but she wasn’t there to sing her 1994 #1 hit “Stay" — she was performing on the kids’ stage.

UPDATE: LA judge rejects carjacked camp ranger's Dorner reward request

A Los Angeles judge has denied the request made by a camp ranger, carjacked by rogue ex-LAPD cop Dorner, to block the dispersal of $1 million in reward money.

Los Angeles, Orange County in time lapse photos from 1984 to today

Google’s new Earth Engine provides timelapse satellite images from 1984 through 2012, based on Landsat satellite photos. Here's what happened in Southern California.

Dean Jeffries, TV car creator for the Monkees, Green Hornet, dies

Jeffries, car customizer known for creating the Black Beauty for “The Green Hornet," the Monkeemobile for “The Monkees” and giving James Dean’s Porsche a custom paint job, has died.

VIDEO: University of Phoenix imagines downtown LA elevated train

A commercial for the University of Phoenix includes the Metro Red Line going through downtown Los Angeles — in the air, right past the Bonaventure Hotel.

'Arrested Development' banana stand coming to LA to hype Netflix series

Netflix has tried to reposition itself as online HBO instead of online Blockbuster, and now they're taking the hype for new episodes of "Arrested Development" on the road.

Hey! Of Monsters and Men front folk revival that also yells at you (VIDEO)

The current folk revival is continuing to build steam, with Of Monsters and Men appearing on this past weekend’s “Saturday Night Live.” And they did a lot of yelling.

Why comic book fans hate the Mandarin in 'Iron Man 3' (POLL)

“You’ll never see me coming.” That quote from Sir Ben Kingsley as the Mandarin sums up the film’s surprise twist.

Stop-motion effects master Ray Harryhausen dies, 92 (video)

Special effects wizard Ray Harryhausen died Tuesday. Harryhausen brought to life a wide variety of creatures, utilizing stop-motion animation in the pre-CGI era.

Al Pacino quits 'Despicable Me 2'; here are 4 horrible movies Pacino said yes to

Al Pacino has quit his role in “Despicable Me 2,” just two months before the film’s release, citing creative differences. He's said yes to a lot of bad movies.

PHOTO GALLERY: Lucha VaVoom slams Mayan Theatre for Cinco de Mayo

Lucha VaVoom rolled through Los Angeles Sunday night for Cinco de Mayo, after a stop in Chicago on Saturday. Check out all of the event's colorful sights.

7 ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in the Los Angeles area

However you want to celebrate this weekend, here are seven of the best opportunities to gather in the Los Angeles area and have some Cinco de Mayo fun.

UPDATE: Wildfire burns 3,000 acres near Banning, prompts evacuations

Southern California fire officials say a fast-moving wildfire has burned 2,956 acres in Riverside County near Banning, forcing some residents to evacuate.