Mike Roe Digital News Producer/Blogger
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 died yesterday at the age of 41 due to complications from a stroke he suffered a month prior.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Department patrol cars will soon be outfitted with $20 million in battlefield-tested technology. Beginning this month, one of the nation's major military contractors is outfitting 2,500 cars with computer systems and high-tech gadgetry perfected in Iraq, equipment that will enable deputies to respond to calls faster and get data on suspects instantly.
The trailer is out for Woody Harrelson's new movie "Rampart," which comes out in January. In it, Harrelson plays a corrupt cop in a fictionalized take on LAPD's Rampart Division during the 1990s.
The Los Angeles City Council unanimously voted for Herb Wesson, making him the first African-American L.A. City Council president.
Los Angeles city officials are offering Occupy L.A. protesters incentives, including downtown office space and two empty lots for a community garden, if they agree to stop camping outside City Hall.