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

Don't have time for CNN, just give me a comic - Boom's Decision 2012 presidential comics

Recent trend in comics: Biographical comic books. That (not-so) grand tradition continues with the Decision 2012 line from L.A.'s Boom Studios, featuring Republican presidential contenders and President Barack Obama.

Latest mask used during robbery: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle

In a tradition that probably hit its pop culture pinnacle thanks to Keanu Reeves/Patrick Swayze surf heist film "Point Break" and it's ex-presidents, there's another use of cartoon masks in the news.

Katy Perry & Rebecca Black duet on 'Friday' in LA, ballad-style

At Katy Perry's Friday night L.A. concert, she welcomed very special surprise guest Rebecca Black to do a duet of Black's song "Friday." Perry introduced her as "the infamous Rebecca Black," which sounds about right.

Francis Ford Coppola's 'TWIXT': Director as DJ, allowing live movie editing

The trailer just came out for Francis Ford Coppola's new movie, "TWIXT":

Another LA County children and family services director leaves next month

Jackie Contreras, the interim director of the beleaguered Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, will be leaving next month — the third agency chief to depart in nine months. She spoke with KPCC on today's "AirTalk."

Customers won't buy DVDs, won't buy digital video - yet

Movie studios are between a rock and a hard place. The DVD market continues to fall, while consumers have yet to jump on board with digital purchasing.

Brother of farmworkers union's Cesar Chavez dies, 81

United Farm Workers union leader Richard Chavez has died. The 81-year-old brother of civil rights and labor leader Cesar Chavez and longtime partner of activist Dolores Huerta died in Bakersfield, following complications in surgery.

Nearly $1 million awarded to former LAX policewoman in gender discrimination lawsuit

Former Los Angeles police lieutenant Kathleen Green has been awarded nearly $1 million in a gender discrimination case.

San Diego Comic-Con 2011 in photos

I came, I saw, I avoided being conquered. Check out this photo gallery of San Diego Comic-Con 2011 sights from the worlds of comics, film, TV and more.

San Diego Comic-Con 2011 preview: What you need to know

July 20 through July 24 is when geeks the world over travel to their mecca, San Diego Comic-Con. It's where fans go to see What's Next in pop culture, including movies, TV and, of course, comics.

Is Los Angeles ready for 'Carmageddon'?

L.A. County Metro officials say they're ready for this weekend’s shutdown of the 405 Freeway between the 101 and 10 interchanges. Are the rest of us ready for "Carmageddon"? Metro spokesman Marc Littman offers his thoughts.

Cheat sheets to help understand Google+

Google+ is the hot ticket in town, trying to steal Facebook's lunch (and Twitter's too, if they can get it). The service is still in its early days, so confusion is likely inevitable.

405 closure: Tickets for JetBlue's $4 flights between Burbank and Long Beach sell out

JetBlue announced flights between Long Beach Airport and Burbank's Bob Hope Airport this Saturday during the closure of the 405 dubbed "Carmageddon." The flights sold out within hours.

Democrat Janice Hahn wins 36th District US House race

Democrat Janice Hahn has defeated Republican Craig Huey in a bitter contest for a Southern California House seat. Her victory preserves her party's hold on the district as she survives an unusually tough race in the longtime Democratic stronghold. Hahn spoke Wednesday morning with KPCC's AirTalk.

The history and legacy of the Betty Ford Center

A memorial service for former First Lady Betty Ford will be held Tuesday afternoon at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Palm Desert. She and late President Gerald Ford worshipped there after he left office in 1977. Betty Ford died Friday at the age of 93.