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

May Day melee civil trial nears end

A civil trial brought by three journalists against the city of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Police Department is nearing completion, with closing arguments today. The lawsuit stems from injuries suffered by journalists covering a 2007 May Day immigration rally. The jury has to decide whether the use of force against these journalists was reasonable.

Hulu announces Hulu Plus premium service

Hulu finally unveiled the much-rumored Hulu Plus service today. Instead of just offering the last five episodes of a program as Hulu currently does, you'll now be able to watch the full current season of most series, as well as previous seasons of a variety of series (though not all).

Defeated superhero sculptures

As both an art and comic book fan, I was fascinated by this series of sculptures depicting superheroes in a vulnerable, defeated state. It includes statues of Superman, Batman and Wolverine.

England vs. USA World Cup 2010 game in Lego form

World Cup fever is sweeping the world. It's the one time when even Americans can be bothered to kind of care about soccer/football.

Free wi-fi coming to Starbucks

Not that Starbucks doesn't already have a lot of business, but they're reaching out to the growing mobile crowd. Starbucks will be offering free, unlimited wi-fi in almost 7,000 locations starting July 1.

Proposition 14 passes, despite opposition from political parties

Proposition 14 will move California to an open primary system. Everyone will get the same ballot in the primaries, including decline-to-state voters. The top two vote getters in the primary will move on to the general election.

Proposition 14 passes

The Associated Press has called Proposition 14, with the proposition currently passing 60 percent to 40 percent. Both the Democratic and Republican party oppose the proposition, as do many third parties.

Was there a clear choice in today's election?

California voters went to the polls today to support their candidates and issues. Did you feel there was a clear choice in today's election? Were you happy with the options on today's ballot, or were you left with choices that left you unsatisfied?

Sheriff Baca ties Jerry Brown to Prop 13 in introduction

Before speaking tonight, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown was introduced by L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca. During that introduction, Baca introduced Brown as the man who "implemented Prop 13.

Lakers-Celtics keeps voters away from polls?

Turnout was predicted to be low today. One reason that may contribute to that, according to the Sacramento Bee: The NBA Finals.

Whitman anticipates victory speech

Early this afternoon, Meg Whitman got a leap on her celebration. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Whitman was checking out the stage at the site of her victory party, and the first few lines of her speech popped up on the teleprompter.

AP calls California Republican gubernatorial race for Meg Whitman

The polls closed at 8 p.m. in California. So far, 8.7% of precincts statewide are reporting, so there's still a long way to go. However, the Associated Press has already called the race for the Republican nomination for governor for Meg Whitman.

California candidates go to the polls

Candidates around the state are going to the polls to vote - and making sure that the media is there to see them doing so. Politicians always announce when and where they're going to be voting, showing their civic mindedness on election day.

What was your voting experience like?

If you went to the polls today, what did you see? Did everything work well at your polling station? How was the turnout in your area? Let us know your election day experiences in the comments below.

Proposition 16 to decide whether to place new restrictions on public utilities

KPCC's Molly Peterson did a series last week about the debate over Proposition 16: