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

Street busker Chelsea Williams breaks out with 'Billionaire' in new Chevy commercial

Have you watched TV recently? Well, then chances are high you may have noticed Miss Chelsea Williams, a singer featured in a new Chevrolet Cruze commercial singing the Travie McCoy/Bruno Mars song "Billionaire.

Want to see a Katy Perry concert? Here's how to do it, for free

Katy Perry is doing a "Katy Perry Gives Thanks" show to end her California Dreams Tour at the Staples Center, with the tickets being given away free on Facebook. It's a drawing, so you're not guaranteed to get a chance to register, but if you're interested and happen to be available the night before Thanksgiving, you can give it a shot.

UFC comes to network television - and to Anaheim

Mixed martial arts organization UFC is coming back to Southern California this weekend. Anaheim is getting one of the biggest shows in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, as it's UFC's first show on network television.

Billy Crystal hosting the Oscars; makes announcement on Twitter

So, Billy Crystal is hosting the Oscars. This follows Eddie Murphy pulling out after producer Brett Ratner, who Murphy is close friends with, made controversial remarks about gays and stepped down.

Google+ goes corporate, launching branded pages - including the Muppets

Yesterday, Google+ rolled out branded pages. Essentially, they're like Facebook Pages, but, you know, on Google+.

'Warrior' screening with Nick Nolte

Variety held a screening last night of the movie "Warrior" at ArcLight Hollywood, including a Q&A with director Gavin O'Connor and actor Nick Nolte. The movie feels like "Rocky" meets "The Fighter," moved from the world of boxing into MMA (mixed martial arts).

New Childish Gambino music video 'Bonfire' from actor/rapper Donald Glover

Halloween's over, but there's still time for another scare. Rapper/actor/writer/comedian/every-other-job Donald Glover, or Childish Gambino as he goes by when rapping, just released a new music video promoting his new album.

Kim Kardashian files for divorce after rocking supervillain Halloween costume this weekend - solo

Kim Kardashian, 72 days into her marriage and less than a month after her $10 million wedding aired on cable TV, has filed for divorce from her basketball-playing New Jersey Nets husband Kris Humphries.

California nonprofit cited in fake Onion story saying everyone's miserable

A California organization has been forced to respond to a fake news story. Satirical news organization the Onion credited the California Parenting Institute with a fake study in the article "Study Finds Every Style Of Parenting Produces Disturbed, Miserable Adults.

VIDEO: Cartoonist Susie Cagle tear-gassed at Occupy Oakland

In Tuesday's night's confrontation between police and Occupy Oakland protesters, a cartoonist documenting the protest says she was among those tear-gassed.

VIDEO: John Hodgman promotes new book 'That Is All' with celeb cameos galore

John Hodgman, he of "The Daily Show" correspondent appearances and the PC in the long-running Mac vs. PC ad campaign, has a new book coming soon to bookstores near you (or, more likely, Amazon and e-readers) entitled "That Is All.

Joss Whedon's new secret movie: Shakespeare via Santa Monica

Director Joss Whedon, best known so far for TV cult classics like "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Firefly," soon to be known for directing "The Avengers," just shot another film. In secret.

Something else being pirated: Comic books

Showing that, if there's a thing that it's possible to pirate, people will do so, a piracy community has even sprung up around pirating comic books. Every Wednesday, when new comics are released, pirates will hurriedly scan all the new books and put them out on the Internet.

Comedian Jeff Ross roasts Wall Street at Occupy LA

Comedian Jeff Ross, best known for being the king of cable TV roasts, went down to Occupy L.A. to lend his support. He took some friendly shots at the occupiers, as well as telling jokes about the "1 percent" the protesters are rallying against.

Los Angeles versus Portland - Which side are you on?

I just returned from a visit to the Portland area to visit family, and came back to see this Zócalo conversation on the merits of Portland versus Los Angeles. Director Gus Van Sant and architect Brad Clopefil, both based in Portland, spoke at UCLA's Hammer Museum about these West Coast cities and why they live in Portland instead of L.