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

California Brown-Whitman gubernatorial race key to Congress's future

This November 2, 37 states are holding governors races. A Sunday article by the Washington Post's Chris Cillizza takes a look at five governors races to keep an eye on: California, Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas.

Proposition 19: Will the federal government stand in the way?

The L.A. Times published an editorial yesterday on Proposition 19, "The feds say no way." It looks at Attorney General Eric Holder's statement that the U.S. government will continue to enforce federal drug laws whether or not California passes the proposition to legalize marijuana for recreational use.

Director of LA County Child, Family Services responds to new child death numbers

Documents show that the number of deaths of children of the the care of Los Angeles County's Department of Children and Family Services is higher than previously thought, according to the Los Angeles Times. The largest change was a revision of this year's number from 6 to 21. Trish Ploehn, director of the L.A. County DCFS, appeared on KPCC's "Patt Morrison" to respond.

Nintendo turns 25

As a child who grew up with the Nintendo being the first item I remember desperately wanting as a tyke, I got a little sentimental upon reading that today is the 25th anniversary of the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System).

Twitter - a Senate campaign selling point for Grassley

In one of the more unique ads of this campaign season, Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley has one drawing attention to his use of social media.

Whitman, Brown hold last debate before election day tonight

Tonight is the last gubernatorial debate between Democrat Jerry Brown and Republican Meg Whitman. Former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw is the moderator of tonight's debate and spoke with KPCC's Patt Morrison.

Saying goodbye to soul legend Solomon Burke

I was saddened to read that soul legend Solomon Burke passed away Sunday. I had the pleasure to see him do two sets at the 2003 Bumbershoot festival in Seattle. He also played this year's Bumbershoot just last month, showing his continued vitality until the end.

Brown aide heard calling Whitman a 'whore' over pension reform

A voicemail recorded a private conversation with one of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown's aides calling his Republican opponent Meg Whitman a "whore."

Bit.ly and Libya, sitting in a tree...

The most popular URL shortener is bit.ly. Most don't often think about the letters that come after the period at the end of a domain name, other than knowing that most sites end with ".

Comedian Charlyne Yi vs. TMZ over charity Oxfam

Comedian Charlyne Yi (Knocked Up, Paper Heart) has recently been working with charity organization Oxfam America, which works to fight hunger and poverty worldwide. According to Yi, Oxfam asked her to participate in a publicity stunt that TMZ would film, with Yi canvassing for Oxfam on the street.

Boxer, Fiorina spar over immigration, economic stimulus

Former Hewlett-Packard Co. CEO Carly Fiorina faced off with U.S. senator Barbara Boxer in a debate hosted at KPCC's Mohn Broadcast Center.

Bell city officials face arraignment today [Updated]

Bell's mayor, three council members, former city manager and three other former officials were arrested Tuesday on corruption charges related to their exorbitant salaries. All spent the night in jail. An audit shows the city of Bell mismanaged more than $50 million in bond money and suggests that its disgraced ex-city manager and other employees used city funds to line their pockets.

California's jobless rate posts small increase; LA County unemployment down

California's unemployment rate remained fairly steady last month, creeping up one-tenth of a percentage point in August to 12.4 percent.

The Onion on 'This American Life': Hard to explain

As a public radio employee, this Onion headline caught my eye today: "Ira Glass Tries To Explain 'This American Life' At High School Reunion."

Explosion, subsequent fire south of San Francisco kills 6, destroys 38 homes

Emergency workers haven't been able to get into all the homes in the San Bruno neighborhood blasted apart by an explosion and fire Thursday night.