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

Update: Powerhouse Fire 70 percent contained

Firefighters are conducting mop-up operations. Earlier in the day 10 more homes had been found destroyed, according to U.S. Forest Service spokesman Matt Corelli.

Robert F. Kennedy assassinated 45 years ago this week (archival photos)

The brother of President John F. Kennedy won the California Democratic primary on June 4, 1968, but just after midnight, he was shot by assassin Sirhan Sirhan.

FBI raids offices of Calif. state Sen. Ron Calderon (updated)

The FBI searched the offices of the senator whose district includes Montebello. Contrary to earlier reports, the Latino Caucus denies its offices were searched.

How tweetable are Gov. Brown and President Obama? (interactive)

Obama is the first president in the Twitter era, and short, tweetable lines make it easy for his words to spread. How does California’s Gov. Brown compare?

'Sopranos' tops 101 best-written TV shows: Vote your favorites (polls)

Do you agree with the Writers Guild list of the 101 best-written TV shows ever? Break the ties between "Freaks and Geeks" and "Moonlighting"! Let us know which shows were slighted!

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.