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

Salvation Army helps students pay for back-to-school clothing

On 16-year-old Khalfani Jones' back-to-school clothes list - cargo shorts, sweaters, socks and underwear. Jones, who has lived in the Westwood Transitional Village since February, is going back to school in style, thanks to the Salvation Army's back-to-school clothes program. Jones was one of 12,000 homeless kids nationwide who got an $80 gift card for clothes at Target under the program.

Windows 'Double Rainbow' ad - Meme oversaturation of the day

Everyone's trying to figure out this Internet stuff, with corporations trying to figure out how to turn all the free content out there into something that makes money.

Neil Patrick Harris continues quest to host everything with Fashion's Night Out

Neil Patrick Harris, star of "How I Met Your Mother," "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog" and the classic "Doogie Howser, M.D.," will host the Fashion's Night Out special on CBS Tuesday, September 14.

LA County fails to disclose child deaths; County could pass plastic bag ban

An independent audit finds that Los Angeles County officials are not following the state law that requires them to publicly disclose the deaths of children who have been abused or neglected. Also, according to Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, the county may pass a plastic bag ban of its own if a statewide ban fails to pass and be signed into law.

Legislature has until midnight to vote on pending bills; still no budget

The state legislature has until midnight to vote on a pile of pending bills. The ones they pass eventually will land on the governor’s desk.

Emmys - Opening sketch featuring Glee cast and... girl from the CW?

I was watching the Emmys opening sketch, featuring host Jimmy Fallon and the Glee cast doing their interpretation of Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run." They had a lot of help, including appearances by Tina Fey, Jon Hamm, Jorge Garcia from Lost, Betty White and many more.

California college leaders speak out on budget delays, cutbacks

The heads of higher education in California today pressured the governor and state legislature to approve a long-awaited budget so they could relieve a bottleneck to allow more students through classroom doors.

Cover of Radiohead's 'Creep' from 'The Social Network' trailer

I've always loved Radiohead's "Creep," so I was struck by the cover used in the trailer for "The Social Network," the new movie about the founding of Facebook. The trailer for the Aaron Sorkin-penned, David Fincher-directed new film features a choir singing the classic song.

Possible pipe bomb found at South LA's Manual Arts High School [Updated]

A possible pipe bomb was found today on the campus of Manual Arts High School in South Los Angeles, and about 2,000 students and staff were evacuated to an athletic field while a bomb squad worked to remove the item.

Post Fire burns 1,300 acres, 30% contained [Updated]

Firefighters continue to work on containing a wildfire near Interstate 5 in the Lebec area of the Tejon Pass. The Post Fire is at 30 percent containment, with 1,300 acres burned so far.

California state legislators announce legislation in response to Bell scandal

Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez and Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg announced legislation today in response to a city pay scandal in Bell.

When the watchdog's away, the city will play

Where were the voters and the press before the scandals broke out? Overflow crowds fill Bell's City Council chambers and the neighboring community room as revelations surface that the city manager was making $800,000 a year.

Will Rogers' legacy continues 75 years after his death

Will Rogers acted in vaudeville, commented on the radio, and wrote more than 4,000 newspaper columns. He was a cowboy philosopher who knew how to poke fun at the prominent people and issues of his day. Rogers died 75 years ago Sunday. This weekend, the Will Rogers Ranch Foundation commemorates his life. Jennifer Rogers-Etcheverry never knew her great-grandfather (he died in a plane crash in 1935), but told KPCC’s Steve Julian that she remembers stories her late grandpa would tell her.

Tickets finally on sale for troubled Spider-Man musical

The troubled Broadway production "Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark" looks to, much to my surprise, actually be coming out. The presale has already begun, and tickets go on sale to the public at large on August 14th.

KTLA's Stan Chambers retires

When television news was first getting its footing in Los Angeles, Stan Chambers went to work for Channel 5, KTLA. That was 63 years ago, and today, Stan announced his retirement - on his 87th birthday.