Mike Roe

Digital News Producer

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Mike Roe is a digital news producer for Southern California Public Radio, as well as covering pop culture online and on air. He's covered events like Comic-Con and E3, as well as breaking news. He was nominated for a National Entertainment Journalism award for his pop culture coverage and created KPCC's Public Radio Bracket Madness, which received national attention.

When he's not covering the waterfront for KPCC, Mike also writes and performs with several sketch comedy groups, including the Pack Theater house team Dandy and weekly topical show Top Story Weekly. He's written several TV screenplays, including one that was a quarterfinalist for the Austin Film Festival. He's also studied sketch and improv comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, the Pack Theater and elsewhere.

Mike 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, then interned in commercial radio and public television. He earned a BA in history from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, and also spent time studying communications, music and religion.

Stories by Mike Roe

UPDATE: SoCal Catholics welcome news of 1st Latin American pope (photos)

The Los Angeles Archdiocese's 4.2 million Catholics greeted news Wednesday of a new pope, Argentine cardinal Jorge Bergoglio.

UPDATE: Chase Bank's website back after being shut down by Islamist hackers

A denial-of-service hacking attack took down Chase Bank’s website Tuesday. An Islamist hacking organization has claimed responsibility.

UPDATE: Hackers leak personal info of Kardashian, Chief Beck, other celebs, politicians

A website titled “The Secret Files” released what appeared to be the personal information of high-profile public officials and celebrities, including LAPD Chief Beck.

New York City large soda ban blocked — Are LA's Big Gulps safe?

New York's ban was supposed to take place Tuesday, but Manhattanites can keep their liquid sugar fix — and "American Idol" judges can feel safe with their Coke sponsorship.

LISTEN: Anna Kendrick's 'Cups' from 'Pitch Perfect' hits radio

Anna Kendrick is best known as an actress, but now the song she did while doing a cup trick in "Pitch Perfect" is remixed and heading for radio.

Star Wars’s Ford, Hamill, Fisher signed on for Episode 7

A brand new Star Wars movie is only two short years away, and it looks like Luke, Leia and Han have all signed on to join in the fun — and revive their careers.

LA throws its hat in the ring to host the 2024 Olympics (VIDEO)

Should L.A. host the Olympics again? Mayor Villaraigosa thinks so, sending a letter to the USOC officially declaring L.A.’s interest in hosting the 2024 Olympics.

LA County Sheriff's second-in-command retires amid federal probe

Paul Tanaka, second-in-command at the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department who’s been strongly criticized for his handling of County jails, has announced he’ll be retiring.

VIDEO: Funny or Die auditions for members of the Postal Service

The latest from Funny Or Die offers an... alternative history of the formation of the much-loved but short-lived band the Postal Service, with open auditions.

Former WWE pro wrestling manager Paul Bearer, 58, dies

Pro wrestling manager William Moody, better known as his character “Paul Bearer,” has died. Bearer debuted in 1991 managing the Undertaker, one of the most famed wrestlers of all time.

Study: Twitter doesn't represent the general public

A new study says that the collection of social media users who sound off on Twitter aren’t representative of the broader public, differing significantly from national polls.

VIDEO: Oprah to deliver Harvard commencement speech; watch her at Stanford

Oprah Winfrey was announced Monday as this year’s Harvard commencement speaker. Here's a look at some of her previous commencement addresses.

GRAPHICS: Memorable quotes from the top 5 LA mayoral candidates

We've started collecting some particularly memorable and/or interesting quotes from the Los Angeles mayoral candidates. What quotes should we add?

Sequester: Obama mixes up Star Wars, Star Trek. Nerds rage. Meme born

President Obama's overlapping science fiction references at a pre-sequester presser prompted a quick social media reaction to the flub and an inspired response from the White House.

Computer suicide note found following 3 Orange County murders

A computer suicide note was found indicating the murders of three Orange County residents on Feb. 19 were pre-meditated, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Department.