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

4 rainforest protesters arrested after handcuffing themselves to Burbank Disney Studios entrance sign

Four people were arrested after protesting outside Burbank's Disney Studios, raising a banner reading "Disney: Destroying Indonesia's Rainforests."

California bills take aim at paid signature-gatherers

Decades ago, it seemed like a good idea — letting Californians decide on issues from taxes to the legality of same-sex marriage through ballot initiatives. Now, critics say that progressive approach to governance has morphed into an industry that caters to special interests with money to spend. Two state Senate bills are taking aim at the process. One would require signature-gatherers to wear badges that indicate whether they’re paid or volunteers. The other would allow issue campaigns to pay them by the hour. But not per signature. Both measures passed the state Senate this week. State Senator Mark DeSaulnier of Concord explains what his bill's goal is.

Obama's latest accomplishment: Getting a girl a meeting with Justin Bieber

New York magazine's Daily Intel ran a story last week about how President Obama had just made a promise that he couldn't keep: getting a 14-year-old girl whose father was killed in the attack on the World Trade Center the chance to meet pop megastar Justin Bieber.

New thing that's bad for you: Sitting

This infographic, "Sitting Is Killing You: The Truth About Sitting Down," has been going around the Internet all day. It makes use of visuals that look like what little kids see in the dark to emphasize the negative health effects of sitting.

Pomplamoose covers the Angry Birds theme song

We've extolled the virtues of Pomplamoose before, the quirky male/female pair who put out music videos of their work that show how each sound in that song was produced.

Northrop Grumman unveils new Firebird spy plane

Northrop Grumman is test-flying a new spy plane over the Mojave desert. The Firebird can be flown with or without a pilot. Rick Crooks, Northrop’s director of advanced projects, led the development team and describes the plane - and its future.

Johnny Depp agrees with you that the Pirates of the Caribbean movies don't make any sense

In a cover story interview with Entertainment Weekly, Johnny Depp says that even he found the movies a bit confusing.

Operation that took out bin Laden 'unprecedented in recent times'

Colonel Joe Felter spoke about what went into the operation that took out Osama bin Laden.

Pakistanis question how much their government knew about bin Laden raid

The United States remains "deeply unpopular" in Pakistan, according to Cyril Almeida, a columnist/editor at Dawn, a Pakistani newspaper. Local Pakistani television, says Almeida, was questioning whether the Pakistani military knew about the attack on bin Laden's compound ahead of time, and if they knew why they didn't do anything to stop it.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa speaks on bin Laden's death before leaving for Washington DC

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa spoke with KPCC this morning about Osama bin Laden's death.

Calif. Rep. Adam Schiff on bin Laden death: 9/11 victims now have 'some measure of justice'

Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff serves on the House Intelligence Committee. Schiff says the Committee didn't know about the raid before it took place.

Muslim Public Affairs Council greets bin Laden's death with 'sense of relief'

People are reacting this morning to the death of Osama bin Laden. The Muslim Public Affairs Council's website this morning read "MPAC Greets Bin Laden's Death With A Sense Of Relief." Salam Al-Marayati, president of MPAC in Los Angeles, spoke with KPCC.

Pasadena City College receives $4 million donation

An alumnus of Pasadena City College has left the school $4 million, the largest gift in the school's 87-year history.

How Prince William and Kate Middleton met, if it involved dinosaurs and jetpacks

I've written about Neill Cameron before, but I just discovered today that he had illustrated the (not really) true story of how Prince William met Kate Middleton.

Twitter users' relationships don't last as long as everyone else's

Is Twitter bad for your dating life? Statistics say "maybe."