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

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.

Possible pipe bomb found at South LA's Manual Arts High School [Updated]

A possible pipe bomb was found today on the campus of Manual Arts High School in South Los Angeles, and about 2,000 students and staff were evacuated to an athletic field while a bomb squad worked to remove the item.

Post Fire burns 1,300 acres, 30% contained [Updated]

Firefighters continue to work on containing a wildfire near Interstate 5 in the Lebec area of the Tejon Pass. The Post Fire is at 30 percent containment, with 1,300 acres burned so far.

California state legislators announce legislation in response to Bell scandal

Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez and Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg announced legislation today in response to a city pay scandal in Bell.

When the watchdog's away, the city will play

Where were the voters and the press before the scandals broke out? Overflow crowds fill Bell's City Council chambers and the neighboring community room as revelations surface that the city manager was making $800,000 a year.

Will Rogers' legacy continues 75 years after his death

Will Rogers acted in vaudeville, commented on the radio, and wrote more than 4,000 newspaper columns. He was a cowboy philosopher who knew how to poke fun at the prominent people and issues of his day. Rogers died 75 years ago Sunday. This weekend, the Will Rogers Ranch Foundation commemorates his life. Jennifer Rogers-Etcheverry never knew her great-grandfather (he died in a plane crash in 1935), but told KPCC’s Steve Julian that she remembers stories her late grandpa would tell her.

Tickets finally on sale for troubled Spider-Man musical

The troubled Broadway production "Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark" looks to, much to my surprise, actually be coming out. The presale has already begun, and tickets go on sale to the public at large on August 14th.

KTLA's Stan Chambers retires

When television news was first getting its footing in Los Angeles, Stan Chambers went to work for Channel 5, KTLA. That was 63 years ago, and today, Stan announced his retirement - on his 87th birthday.

'The Rocketeer' on the big screen in Disney film series

I had the chance to attend a screening of 1991 Disney film "The Rocketeer" at the Arclight Hollywood last night. It's always fun to watch a movie on the big screen with an engaged audience of passionate fans.

50-year-old French song "Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien" by Edith Piaf hits Amazon charts

I saw an interesting song moving up the "MP3 Songs Movers & Shakers" list on Amazon this morning: "Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien" by Edith Piaf. Those of you who've seen the film "Inception" can probably guess why this 50-year-old song is suddenly burning up the charts once more, as it plays a significant role in the movie.

FBI asks for its seal to be removed from Wikipedia

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is going after an unlikely enemy - Wikipedia.The FBI argues that the use of the FBI's official seal on Wikipedia is unapproved. They also say that the use of a high-quality version of the FBI logo being available on Wikipedia makes it easier for others to take the seal and misuse it.

Dawson's Creek's Pacey invades San Diego Comic-Con

There's a lot of spectacle at San Diego Comic-Con, but one moment I had the chance to witness myself was Joshua Jackon (currently of Fox's "Fringe") walking down the street dressed as the character that first brought him to prominence, Pacey from Dawson's Creek.

Top destinations for Southern Californians this summer

The economy hasn't fully recovered, so expensive leisure trips aren’t within everyone’s reach this summer. But Marie Montgomery with the Automobile Club of Southern California says some people still choose to travel.

Comic-Con Thursday - 'Tron Legacy,' Stallone, Whedon, Abrams and more

The first full day of San Diego Comic-Con is in the books. It featured panels with stars like Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis and Angelina Jolie.

Comic-Con 2010 begins

Pop culture mega event Comic-Con kicked off Wednesday night with Preview Night. They limit the number of attendees, offering fans a chance to check out the exhibit hall with slightly less fear of being trampled to death.