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
The Los Angeles City Council today is expected to address the city’s worsening budget crisis. Last week, the city administrative officer said a plan to privatize nine city-owned parking garages had fallen through because the Council had placed too many restrictions on the proposed contract. That’s opened up a more-than $50 million hole in L.A.'s already beleaguered budget. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa says the deal can be saved. Most on the Council seem to disagree. In an interview with KPCC’s Frank Stoltze, Councilman Greig Smith – who sits on the budget committee – called the plan ill-fated from the start.
A federal judge halted executions in California five years ago over concerns about sloppy executions. One deficiency he noted was the state’s death chamber at San Quentin. The judge said its design prevented staff from adequately monitoring inmates during executions. Today, KPCC's Julie Small toured the death chamber at San Quentin, joining federal judge Jeremy Fogel, who halted executions there five years ago.
The Huffington Post's recent acquisition by AOL has raised a lot of questions, but this morning I read about the first actual change I've noticed caused by this purchase: conservative blogger Matt Lewis, due to the purchase, is leaving his position blogging for AOL to write for conservative outlet the Daily Caller.
Indie darlings the New Pornographers' new music video is a Where's Waldo of comedy nerd favorites.
Governor Brown delivered his state of the state address Monday night to a joint session of the California Legislature. He focused as promised on his proposal to close next year’s $25 billion deficit. KPCC’s state capital reporter Julie Small was in the Assembly chambers for Brown’s address.
Self-described "comedy legend" Gallagher made news in the comedy community today with his appearance on popular comedy podcast WTF, hosted by Marc Maron (who KPCC listeners may also know from KPCC's Comedy Congress).
Governor Jerry Brown talks to Californians this evening, laying out his plan to close a $25 billion state deficit. The State of the State address is at 5 p.m. John Myers covers state politics for the California Report and offers his analysis of what Brown will try to do in his speech.
Businessman Meyer Luskin has donated $100 million to the University of California-Los Angeles, the second largest gift in UCLA history. UCLA says the donation will be split equally between the UCLA School of Public Affairs and a planned residential conference center.
Jazz and blues singer Barbara Morrison has worked in the music business for more than 35 years. She’s performed and recorded with legends like Ray Charles, James Moody and Etta James. Now she’s opening the new non-profit Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center in Leimert Park to help revitalize the once-vibrant hub of African American culture and arts.
My interest was piqued when I read that writer Aaron Sorkin would be doing a new show for HBO.
The Los Angeles City Council, heading into the Martin Luther King holiday weekend, voted to cut $18 million. That's a dent in the $63 million deficit for this year, but there's still a ways to go, as well as a projected $360 million deficit for the coming fiscal year. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa spoke with KPCC's Larry Mantle Tuesday about the budget, layoffs and more, providing a state of the city for 2011.
I would like to issue a public thank you, gracias, humongous hug and many other accolades to Slate for their excellent article on why you should never, as much as the urge may strike you, use two spaces after a period.
The Atlantic Wire took a look today at a recent attempt by biblical scholars and pastors to summarize the Bible in one sentence. It's interesting because most popular films and books have a one sentence description that most are likely to agree on, but with a book that is both interpreted in vastly different ways by different groups as well as provoking strong reactions, that summary is less cut and dry.
In his first week as Los Angeles County's new public defender, Ronald L. Brown said he would avoid wrongful convictions of people who are misidentified as culprits in crimes.
Later this morning, Jerry Brown becomes governor of California – again. Brown faces a $28 billion budget problem. John Myers of KPCC's sister station KQED in San Francisco provides his insight on what Brown's governorship holds.