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

Pop culture roundup for Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012

Today's pop culture roundup, including Google's L.A. headquarters, President Obama asking for Betty White's birth certificate and more.

Alhambra High School bomb scare ends

Today's bomb threat at Alhambra High School ended with no bomb being found.

Without A Net link roundup for Friday, Jan. 13

Christopher Walken shares what he's learned about, um, everything. (Or at least golf, spaghetti, zoos and Dennis Hopper.) (Esquire)

California high-speed rail chief Roelof Van Ark quits

Roelof van Ark, the 59-year-old head of the California high-speed rail agency, announced his resignation Thursday from the controversial and publicly scrutinized near $100 billion proposed project.

'Dark Knight Rises' midnight showings already sold out - for July

Want to go to a midnight screening of "The Dark Knight Rises," which opens July 20? Well you should have thought of that sooner, as midnight screenings are already selling out.

New sketch comedy show 'Key & Peele' taping this week in LA

Key & Peele

'Walking in Los Angeles - who does it?' asks new Kate Micucci song

Singer Kate Micucci, the pixieish singer/actress perhaps best known for roles on shows like "Scrubs" and "Raising Hope," has a new music video out for a song based on our fair city, "Walking In Los Angeles.

Nerdiest New York Times correction ever, re: My Little Pony

I've been known to take my nerdy things far too seriously. I may have needed to exert great effort to bite my tongue while my little brother made up a non-canonical history for the Green Lantern toys he got for Christmas.

Update: Parolee who shot agent apprehended, 210 Freeway reopens

The parolee who allegedly shot a parole agent in the Lake View Terrace area Wednesday has been apprehended, according to the L.A. County Sheriff's Department. Officials closed the 210 Freeway, Foothill Boulevard and other surface streets while police and sheriff's deputies searched for the gunman; the 210 Freeway has been reopened, according to the Sheriff's Department.

10 best quotes from 'S--- White Girls Say... to Black Girls' video

Following the success of the Twitter account/viral video sensation "S--- Girls Say," and imitators like "S--- Black Girls Say," "S--- Gay Guys Say," and other "S--- [group] Say" videos that include some sort of broad generalization that people hopefully find humor and truth in comes "S--- White Girls say.

Iron Man, Captain America & Thor come to LA for 'Avengers' reshoots

The new "Avengers" superhero movie, combining the Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and Hulk franchises into one film, is reportedly doing reshoots in Los Angeles, according to comic book news site Bleeding Cool, so if you see anyone walking around in brightly colored costumes, they might not be prostitutes.

Panel: California Legislature should postpone $98.5 billion high-speed rail plan

The state-appointed California High-Speed Rail Peer Review Group says the Legislature should not authorize $2.7 billion in bonds to start building a new $98.5-billion high-speed rail project to build a bullet train from San Diego to San Francisco because the project isn't financially feasible.

Native American soul-stealing beast 'Tahquitz' comes alive in Riverside art exhibition

Deep in the foothills of the San Jacinto Mountains there is said to lurk a creature right out of the pages of gothic horror master H.P. Lovecraft. Native Americans call him "Tahquist" and they say he’s a primordial beast who steals the souls of humans. The creature comes alive in a new exhibit at Riverside’s Culver Center of the Arts.

Calif. Dept of Education names new English learners chief

California’s Superintendent of Schools Tom Torlakson announced Wednesday he’s appointed a new point person for efforts to improve the education of students whose first language isn’t English.

Cops: Meat market worker torched Cathedral City strip mall for insurance

Police say butcher shop worker Jesus Hernandez, 48, has admitted to torching Cathedral City strip mall Date Palm Plaza earlier this month. No one was hurt in the fire and subsequent explosion, but eight businesses were damaged or destroyed.