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
On last night's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," Jimmy Kimmel presented the idea of National Unfriend Day. He said that he thinks Facebook is cheapening the concept of friendship. "A friend is someone you have a special relationship with.
After refusing to concede last night, Carly Fiorina conceded today in her bid for Barbara Boxer's U.S. Senate seat. Boxer declared victory on election night, despite Fiorina's initial refusal to concede.
Fresh off his big win last night, Governor-Elect Jerry Brown promised Wednesday morning to immediately get to work on solving California's budget problems.
At least, that's what it looks like from this photo from the official White House Flickr account. Here he is talking with Speaker-Elect Republican John Boehner:
Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer will retain her position as California's junior senator. Democrat Jerry Brown is projected to defeat Republican Meg Whitman to be the new governor of California.
In one of the less surprising news stories of the night, exit polls show that the number one issue for voters in the California gubernatorial and Senate races is... the economy.
While there's no record of a judge citing Islamic law for precedent, Oklahoma voters passed a proposition banning that from happening. It wasn't a squeaker, either; early results show it passing by a 40 point margin.
A bit of celebrity on this Election Day; Sylvester Stallone wrote a couple posts on Twitter encouraging everyone to vote against what he sees as an illegitimate president today.
Political scientist/media critic Brendan Nyhan made this handy bingo game for you to play along as you follow the results of today's election:
On this past Friday's "Real Time with Bill Maher," during a debate on California's Proposition 19 (which would legalize recreational use of marijuana under California state law), comedian/actor Zach Galifianakis apparently decided to make his point by smoking a joint on the program.
The moment had finally arrived. Tickets for Comic-Con 2011 were scheduled to go on sale this morning at 9 a.m. The floodgates opened, and then... well, not so much. The ticket system apparently couldn't handle the massive amount of traffic of the eager masses (myself included) and left fans across the Internet looking at spinning icons letting them know that they weren't getting their tickets anytime soon.
For those who aren't avid followers of "The Daily Show," Jon Stewart had what's known in the biz as a "big get" last night. He spent his full show speaking with President Barack Obama.
Republican Linda McMahon's hopes in Connecticut look slim; The New York Times' FiveThirtyEight forecast currently gives her a 0.0 percent chance of winning. (That is not a typo.)
The next Batman movie's title has been announced: "The Dark Knight Rises." Geoff Boucher at the L.A. Times' Hero Complex did an interview with director Christopher Nolan (recently known for the mind-bending hit "Inception") on the third leg in his Batman trilogy.
The New York Times has an article today about California's Proposition 23, noting that a large amount of Prop 23's financial support comes from Texas oil companies. Prop 23 would delay California's global warming law until unemployment falls to 5.