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

Comedian Charlyne Yi vs. TMZ over charity Oxfam

Comedian Charlyne Yi (Knocked Up, Paper Heart) has recently been working with charity organization Oxfam America, which works to fight hunger and poverty worldwide. According to Yi, Oxfam asked her to participate in a publicity stunt that TMZ would film, with Yi canvassing for Oxfam on the street.

Boxer, Fiorina spar over immigration, economic stimulus

Former Hewlett-Packard Co. CEO Carly Fiorina faced off with U.S. senator Barbara Boxer in a debate hosted at KPCC's Mohn Broadcast Center.

Bell city officials face arraignment today [Updated]

Bell's mayor, three council members, former city manager and three other former officials were arrested Tuesday on corruption charges related to their exorbitant salaries. All spent the night in jail. An audit shows the city of Bell mismanaged more than $50 million in bond money and suggests that its disgraced ex-city manager and other employees used city funds to line their pockets.

California's jobless rate posts small increase; LA County unemployment down

California's unemployment rate remained fairly steady last month, creeping up one-tenth of a percentage point in August to 12.4 percent.

The Onion on 'This American Life': Hard to explain

As a public radio employee, this Onion headline caught my eye today: "Ira Glass Tries To Explain 'This American Life' At High School Reunion."

Explosion, subsequent fire south of San Francisco kills 6, destroys 38 homes

Emergency workers haven't been able to get into all the homes in the San Bruno neighborhood blasted apart by an explosion and fire Thursday night.

For Rosh Hashana, a lesson in blowing and hearing the shofar

Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, begins at sunset Wednesday. On the day, Jews are commanded to accept God as king and to hear the shofar, a hollowed-out ram’s horn. Michael Chusid is an Angelino who has taught hundreds of people to blow the shofar; he taught KPCC's John Rabe how to blow it in KPCC’s Crawford Family Forum.

Salvation Army helps students pay for back-to-school clothing

On 16-year-old Khalfani Jones' back-to-school clothes list - cargo shorts, sweaters, socks and underwear. Jones, who has lived in the Westwood Transitional Village since February, is going back to school in style, thanks to the Salvation Army's back-to-school clothes program. Jones was one of 12,000 homeless kids nationwide who got an $80 gift card for clothes at Target under the program.

Windows 'Double Rainbow' ad - Meme oversaturation of the day

Everyone's trying to figure out this Internet stuff, with corporations trying to figure out how to turn all the free content out there into something that makes money.

Neil Patrick Harris continues quest to host everything with Fashion's Night Out

Neil Patrick Harris, star of "How I Met Your Mother," "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog" and the classic "Doogie Howser, M.D.," will host the Fashion's Night Out special on CBS Tuesday, September 14.

LA County fails to disclose child deaths; County could pass plastic bag ban

An independent audit finds that Los Angeles County officials are not following the state law that requires them to publicly disclose the deaths of children who have been abused or neglected. Also, according to Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, the county may pass a plastic bag ban of its own if a statewide ban fails to pass and be signed into law.

Legislature has until midnight to vote on pending bills; still no budget

The state legislature has until midnight to vote on a pile of pending bills. The ones they pass eventually will land on the governor’s desk.

Emmys - Opening sketch featuring Glee cast and... girl from the CW?

I was watching the Emmys opening sketch, featuring host Jimmy Fallon and the Glee cast doing their interpretation of Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run." They had a lot of help, including appearances by Tina Fey, Jon Hamm, Jorge Garcia from Lost, Betty White and many more.

California college leaders speak out on budget delays, cutbacks

The heads of higher education in California today pressured the governor and state legislature to approve a long-awaited budget so they could relieve a bottleneck to allow more students through classroom doors.

Cover of Radiohead's 'Creep' from 'The Social Network' trailer

I've always loved Radiohead's "Creep," so I was struck by the cover used in the trailer for "The Social Network," the new movie about the founding of Facebook. The trailer for the Aaron Sorkin-penned, David Fincher-directed new film features a choir singing the classic song.