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
"Late at night, when we were small, Sara sat on my bed, whispering into my ear." So begins the prose beneath the first clue in a new crossword that's a combination of a prose story and a crossword puzzle.
I was saddened this morning to read about the passing of pro wrestler Alex Whybrow, better known as Larry Sweeney, at the age of 29. He's someone who wrestled for some small pro wrestling companies, portraying the hilarious, boisterous character "Sweet and Sour" Larry Sweeney.
Democrats and Republicans still remain between $6 billion and $7 billion apart in budget negotiations, with even bigger disagreement over policy issues in the budget bill. Chances for a deal before midnight Thursday seemed slim, meaning a government shutdown on Friday. What would this mean for Los Angeles and the rest of Southern California?
This video takes 500 shots, culled from all 11 Pixar feature films, to produce this loving tribute:
I've been following artist Neill Cameron for a while now. I first spotted his work when he did the A-Z of Awesomeness. He produced 26 pieces of art, each centered around geeky "awesome" things that begin with a certain letter of the alphabet, such as "Doctor Who Defeating Doctor Doom in a Deadly Disco Dance-off.
Tomorrow, Governor Jerry Brown is expected to declare an end to California's 3-year-old drought after a winter with heavy rainfall and snow.
I went to see Zack Snyder's "Sucker Punch" Saturday night. I've been curious about the movie for almost two years now. I first heard about it in July 2009, when, after a screening of the director's cut of "Watchmen," Snyder gave out Sucker Punch T-shirts to everyone in attendance.
Showing you how prepared major media organizations are in the event of the death of a major newsmaker, Elizabeth Taylor's New York Times obituary was written by someone who's also dead.
I wrote a couple of months ago about comedian Gallagher getting angry and storming out on podcaster Marc Maron. There was a media walkout on a larger platform this week – CBS's "60 Minutes.
Is mankind lost to the machine? Some have jumped to this conclusion after the recent defeat of Jeopardy champions by Watson the supercomputer.
The United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 770 announced that they'd signed an extension with Albertsons, Ralphs and Vons through the end of March as negotiations for a longer term deal continue.
This coming Tuesday, voters will decide on Measure G, which would reduce the pensions of police officers and firefighters hired after July 1.
The DROP program is an expensive public pension program that hardly anyone knows about, but pays out lump sums that average $200,000 and up to nearly a million dollars in some cases. KPCC's Madeleine Brand spoke with KCET's Judy Muller, who investigated the DROP program.
Select streets will be closed in downtown Los Angeles Friday, starting at 6 a.m., for the funeral of Los Angeles Fire Department firefighter Glenn Allen.
Just two weeks are left before Los Angeles voters make their choices to fill seven City Council seats. A number of important issues will face the new City Council, including dealing with the projected $530 million budget deficit for next fiscal year and deciding on a new NFL stadium proposal.