Mike Roe Digital News Producer/Blogger

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Mike Roe is a Web producer for Southern California Public Radio and lead writer for pop culture blog Without A Net. Mike joined KPCC in November 2007 after working for KCTS public television in Seattle.

Roe 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, and interned in commercial radio.

He earned a BA in history from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.

When he's not covering the waterfront for KPCC, Mike writes and performs with several improv and sketch comedy groups. He's graduated from both the improv and sketch comedy programs at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. He also hosts the Geek Pilgrims podcast and serves on the board of his church.


Stories by Mike Roe

Louis CK sells new comedy special directly, promotes on Reddit

Louis C.K. has a new comedy special out, "Louis C.K.: Live at the Beacon Theater," and instead of going the traditional route and putting it out somewhere like HBO or Comedy Central, he's distributing it directly from his website, LouisCK.

Inside the LA comedy scene with the Comedy Store's Alf LaMont

The comedy world has been in a transition period as it attempts to grapple with the Internet, the alternative comedy scene and more emphasis on the personalities rather than the platform.

Update: 3 Simi Valley schools locked down as police search for robbery suspects

Crest View Elementary School, Hillside Middle School and Mountain View Elementary in Simi Valley were placed on lockdown earlier today. Police are searching for several robbery suspects in an area near the schools. The schools were dismissed at their regular times.

California, Nevada announce joint mortgage, foreclosure fraud probe

The attorneys general of California and Nevada are joining forces to investigate various fraud and impropriety around mortgages and foreclosures.

Brown initiative: 0.5% sales tax increase, 2% income tax increase for $250,000+

Gov. Jerry Brown has filed a ballot initiative to temporarily raise taxes on high income earners, Brown announced Monday in an “open letter” to California voters. The plan also hikes the state sales tax by half a percent. If approved by voters, the funds would go to education and public safety.

Santa Ana winds: Thousands still in dark as winds blow again

Beginning at 6 a.m., much of the L.A. area was under another red flag warning, with high winds expected again, though they were not supposed to be quite as dramatic as the winds that downed tons of trees and cut off power to a quarter million last Wednesday and Thursday.

Power still out for hundreds of thousands of Southern Californians following winds

Some of the most powerful Santa Ana winds in years ripped through Southern California Wednesday night, with more Thursday and more strong winds expected over the weekend. Hundreds of thousands of people lost power. Read our updates posted as the story broke.

Cleanup begins after Occupy LA protesters removed from City Hall lawn

Trash, flattened tents and the stench of urine remained after hundreds of Occupy Los Angeles protesters were arrested or chased out of their City Hall lawn camp.

Updated: Police clear Occupy LA camp; 292 arrested in massive raid

Los Angeles police moved in on the nearly two-month old Occupy L.A. encampment early Wednesday morning, arresting the protesters who'd remained in City Hall Park despite a deadline by the mayor for protesters to vacate the area by Monday.

Comedian Patrice O'Neal dies at 41 following stroke

Comedian Patrice O'Neal died yesterday at the age of 41 due to complications from a stroke he suffered a month prior.

Conrad Murray sentenced to maximum term in Michael Jackson death

Dr. Conrad Murray was sentenced today to the maximum sentence possible for involuntary manslaughter in the death of pop music star Michael Jackson, four years in county jail. Jackson died in June 2009 of an overdose of the powerful anesthetic propofol Jackson was given as a sleep aid. Murray is unlikely to serve the full term due to overcrowding and prison realignment leading to less room in county jails. The L.A. Times reports that Murray will only serve about two years of his sentence behind bars.

200 arrested after 1,400 cops flood Occupy LA

Los Angeles police cleared the nearly two-month old Occupy L.A. encampment Tuesday night – emerging from City Hall and surrounding streets, arresting protesters who refused to move, and dismantling the remaining tents and structures. Follow our live blog of the continuing events here.

What Twilight has to do with Occupy LA

Occupy L.A. is trying to get a temporary restraining order to prevent police from removing the Occupy encampment from the City Hall lawn. Their chances don't look good, but if you look at their argument, they're staking (sorry) at least part of their hopes on "Twilight.

Woman pepper sprays Black Friday competition at LA-area Walmart

A woman shot pepper spray to keep shoppers from merchandise she wanted during a Black Friday sale at a crowded Los Angeles-area Walmart, and 20 people suffered minor injuries, authorities said.

Comedian Jimmy Pardo raises money for charity with 12-hour Pardcast-a-thon

Comedian Jimmy Pardo is holding his third annual Pardcast-a-thon, delivering comedy from 6 p.m. tonight until 6 a.m. Saturday morning. It takes place at Los Angeles's Acme Comedy Theater and streams live online.