Mike Roe Digital News Producer/Blogger

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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

LA County courts dealt 'crippling blow,' laying off 350 employees

The Los Angeles County court system is planning to lay off around 350 employees at the end of June, as well as restructuring more than 50 courtrooms.

Clooney, Pitt, Sheen headline same-sex marriage play '8'

It was all part of the West Coast premiere of "8," a play about the court fight against Proposition 8, the gay-marriage ban that California voters approved in 2008.

Disneyland bomb scare prompted by 'spiritual message of goodwill'

A "suspicious object" was discovered by a guard in a tree near the Disneyland ticket booths to Saturday morning, prompting the closure of the park entrance plaza.

SWAT storms bank, frees hostage, shoots suspect (Updated)

The hostage situation at a Buena Park bank has ended. The bank's doors were blown open and police entered the building with guns drawn around 3:00 p.m.

3 overdose on prescription drugs, doc faces murder charges

A San Gabriel Valley doctor has been charged with murder after three of her patients overdosed on prescription drugs she prescribed.

Manager being held hostage at Buena Park bank

A dangerous situation is unfolding at Buena Park bank where a gunman is holding at least one person hostage, NBC LA is reporting.

'Downton Abbey': The rap song (really)

Like the rest of pop culture-loving America, I'm a huge fan of "Downton Abbey." Now Adam WarRock's dropped a rap from the perspective of Lord Grantham.

Watson's a lady & Twitter can't keep your identity secret

Also: WonderCon comes to Anaheim, "Community" is back, the Best Animated Short is available for your viewing and more in today's pop culture roundup.

2 young men shot outside Los Angeles High School

Two young hispanic men were shot outside Los Angeles High School at Olympic and Rimpau boulevards, though the shootings were off campus.

Comedian Sara Benincasa on beating agoraphobia and 'Downton Abbey'

In this podcast, we talk about mental health, "Downton Abbey," politics, Marvel Comics, religion, taking baths with other adults and much more, so check it out!

What's wrong with female journalists' Twitter pics?

FishbowlDC called out female journalists covering the 2012 campaign for sexy Twitter pics. Twitter users' reaction? This is hardly "provocative."

Soccer coach charged for molesting 15-year-old boy

Soccer club coach Javier Arrioja faces five counts following allegations that he molested a 15-year-old boy who played on the team.

LAPD Chief Beck: Yes to licenses for illegal immigrants

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck says California should issue driver's licenses to illegal immigrants, the L.A. Times reports.

SAG members sue to block AFTRA merger (updated)

Martin Sheen, Ed Harris, Valerie Harper and former SAG presidents Ed Asner and Alan Rosenberg are among the plaintiffs in the lawsuit.

Boxer drops neutrality, endorses Berman over fellow Dem

Democratic California U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer endorsed Howard Berman Tuesday over fellow Democrat Brad Sherman as they fight over a new congressional district.