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

Measure G would reduce pensions for new police, firefighters

This coming Tuesday, voters will decide on Measure G, which would reduce the pensions of police officers and firefighters hired after July 1.

Little-known LA police/fire retirement plan pays pension, salary at same time

The DROP program is an expensive public pension program that hardly anyone knows about, but pays out lump sums that average $200,000 and up to nearly a million dollars in some cases. KPCC's Madeleine Brand spoke with KCET's Judy Muller, who investigated the DROP program.

Some downtown LA streets closed Friday for firefighter funeral

Select streets will be closed in downtown Los Angeles Friday, starting at 6 a.m., for the funeral of Los Angeles Fire Department firefighter Glenn Allen.

Los Angeles City Council races heat up with 2 weeks to go

Just two weeks are left before Los Angeles voters make their choices to fill seven City Council seats. A number of important issues will face the new City Council, including dealing with the projected $530 million budget deficit for next fiscal year and deciding on a new NFL stadium proposal.

Measure L would help fund LA's libraries, but could lead to deeper cuts in other departments

When it comes to budget cuts, libraries are often at the top of the list. Due to budget cuts, libraries in Los Angeles have laid off a quarter of their staff. The upcoming election's Measure L seeks to allocate more money to libraries.

Science explains how we can tell when someone's looking at us

Ever feel like someone's watching you? Do you find out you're right, and you don't know how you knew?

Councilman Greig Smith on Los Angeles's worsening budget crisis

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.

Federal judge who halted California executions tours new San Quentin death chamber

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.

Conservative blogger Matt Lewis leaves AOL due to Huffington Post purchase

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.

New Pornographers video 'Moves' features faux-Paul Rudd movie trailer, comedian cavalcade

Indie darlings the New Pornographers' new music video is a Where's Waldo of comedy nerd favorites.

California lawmakers react to Brown's State of the State

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.

Comedian Gallagher (yes, that Gallagher) walks out on popular comedy podcast WTF with Marc Maron

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).

Brown state of the state tonight, arguing for his budget plan

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.

UCLA receives $100 million donation

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.

Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center to host grand opening

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.