Mike Roe Digital News Producer/Blogger

Mike Roe
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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

NBA owners discuss Sacramento Kings' potential move to Anaheim

Sacramento Kings co-owner George Maloof said he and his brothers have yet to decide whether they will file a request with the NBA to move the Kings to Anaheim this year reports the Sacramento Bee. However, he indicated that they are leaning toward filing.

A crossword 'Inception' - The Atlantic's 'The Cross Word'

"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.

Pro wrestler Larry Sweeney dead at 29 - a look at the charismatic entertainer

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.

How will the potential government shutdown affect Los Angeles & Southern California?

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?

500 Pixar movie scenes in 7 minutes

This video takes 500 shots, culled from all 11 Pixar feature films, to produce this loving tribute:

'A-Z of Awesomeness 2: Japan' raising money for Japan relief

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.

Governor Brown expected to declare end to California drought

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.

Does Zack Snyder's 'Sucker Punch' work?

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.

Elizabeth Taylor's New York Times obituary written by reporter who's also dead

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.

Interviewees walking off '60 Minutes' from the '70s to today

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.

Challenge Watson, IBM's Jeopardy-playing computer

Is mankind lost to the machine? Some have jumped to this conclusion after the recent defeat of Jeopardy champions by Watson the supercomputer.

Southern California grocery workers sign temporary extension with Albertsons, Ralphs, Vons

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.

Measure G would reduce pensions for new police, firefighters

This coming Tuesday, voters will decide on Measure G, which would reduce the pensions of police officers and firefighters hired after July 1.

Little-known LA police/fire retirement plan pays pension, salary at same time

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.

Some downtown LA streets closed Friday for firefighter funeral

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.