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Mike Roe is the arts & entertainment editor for LAist, as well as being part of KPCC's broader coverage online and on air. He's covered events like Comic-Con and E3, as well as breaking news, from fires to shootings. 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 LAist/KPCC, Mike writes TV drama scripts with his wife Kristiana; his writing has been honored in several contests. He also writes and performs sketch comedy at several local comedy theaters. He's 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 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.
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LAUSD fourth grade teacher Robert Pimental, 57, was arrested Wednesday by LAPD for allegedly sexually abusing 19 children and one adult.
After doing the podcast for almost five years, hosts Josh and Chuck take their informative message to TV with a Stuff You Should Know TV show on Science Channel.
A teenage girl used pepper spray on another female student during a fight today at Narbonne High School, and several others were also exposed to the spray.
The original 1960s “Batman” TV show Batmobile sold Saturday for a cool $4.2 million. No word on whether the winning bidder has a young ward being raised as a sidekick.
An Irvine-based developer wants Mission Viejo to annex 40 acres from Orange County to the city — allowing the developer to build 84 homes on about 28 acres of that land.
From a riot in the White House to 36 people ending up dead, here's a look at some of the worst presidential inaugurations, and some of the best.
A public memorial for California TV icon Huell Howser was held Tuesday. Check out video of the full ceremony, including a singalong to Huell's "California, Here I Come."
The White House made news by rejecting the idea of building a Death Star (while also promoting the space program and science education). Now, the Empire has responded.
Eric Garcetti did a Reddit AMA Tuesday. He answered many serious, important questions about L.A.'s future, but never mind that — here are his most entertaining answers.
Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge is hosting a public memorial for the late "California's Gold" TV host Huell Howser Tuesday at the Griffith Observatory.
“Former Mr. Olympia, Conan, Terminator, and Governor of California. I killed the Predator.” That’s how our former governor introduced himself as he took to Reddit.
The Southern California-based Church of Scientology got some social media attention Monday with a headline declaring “David Miscavige Leads Scientology to Milestone Year.”
Jodie Foster made news by kind-of-coming out at the Golden Globes Sunday night, but in an odd opening she shouted out NBC’s “Saturday Night Live."
This Sunday, it’s time to take your pants off. It’s the 12th Annual No Pants Subway Ride, sponsored by Improv Everywhere, with thousands of participants around the world.
“The Hunger Games” cleaned up big at the People’s Choice Awards this week, and now you can see some of those outfits the young stars were getting sweaty and dirty in.