Mike Roe

Digital News Producer

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Mike Roe is a digital news producer for Southern California Public Radio, as well as covering pop culture online and on air. He's covered events like Comic-Con and E3, as well as breaking news. He was nominated for a National Entertainment Journalism award for his pop culture coverage and created KPCC's Public Radio Bracket Madness, which received national attention.

When he's not covering the waterfront for KPCC, Mike also writes and performs with several sketch comedy groups, including the Pack Theater house team Dandy and weekly topical show Top Story Weekly. He's written several TV screenplays, including one that was a quarterfinalist for the Austin Film Festival. He's also studied sketch and improv comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, the Pack Theater and elsewhere.

Mike 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, then interned in commercial radio and public television. He earned a BA in history from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, and also spent time studying communications, music and religion.

Stories by Mike Roe

VIDEO: Remembering Lucille Bliss, voice of Smurfette

Voice actress Lucille Bliss, who voiced Smurfette from “The Smurfs” and one of the stepsisters in Disney’s “Cinderella,” died earlier this month.

LA-area Twinkies going for over $1,000 on Craigslist

Want some Twinkies? Some Los Angeles-area residents have taken to Craigslist to earn a quick buck off the impending Hostess shortage.

VIDEO: 'Big Bang Theory' cast does 'Call Me Maybe' flash mob

It’s November of 2012, and people are still doing “Call Me Maybe” videos. This is 10 months after Bieber first tweeted about the song and helped make Jepsen a star.

PHOTOS: Hollywood Improv Lab comedy venue closes

The Hollywood Improv Lab, the 50-seat experimental theater attached to the Hollywood Improv, is closing its doors after several years to become a bar/lounge.

VIDEO: Johnny Depp and Ke$ha pay tribute to Tom Petty

Members of the Black Keys and the Strokes joined together with Ke$ha on vocals and Johnny Depp on guitar (yes, this happened) for a Petty Fest concert in Hollywood.

Hit live LA comedy show Comedy Bang Bang coming to an end

Los Angeles comedian Scott Aukerman announced this week that he’s retiring the live standup show he’s produced for the past 10 years, Comedy Bang Bang.

Remembering when Eddie Murphy was great with ‘One Night Only’

Eddie Murphy’s getting a tribute on Spike at 10 p.m. Wednesday. It’s not a roast, but Hollywood is paying tribute to one of the most popular and important comics ever.

Woman charged in murder of man who tried to stop church taggers

Janeth Lopez has been charged with murder, attempted murder and vandalism in connection with the shootings of two men who tried to stop a graffiti attack on a church.

WonderCon comes back to Anaheim in 2013, not San Francisco

Comic book convention WonderCon is officially coming back to Anaheim for a second year in spring 2013 — and not going home to San Francisco.

John McAfee reportedly wanted for murder in Belize

Antivirus software pioneer John McAfee is wanted for murder in Belize, Gizmodo reports. Gregory Faull was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head.

16 best moments from Rebecca Black producer’s ‘It’s Thanksgiving’

Despite its infamy as one of the truly horrendous songs of the modern era, Rebecca Black "Friday" writer/producer Patrice Wilson has not been deterred.

Feinstein says she wishes Obama hadn't accepted Petraeus resignation

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said she wishes President Obama hadn't accepted CIA Director David Petraeus's resignation.

Mike Brown fired as coach of the LA Lakers

The move comes after a disappointing 1-4 start to the season. It is unclear who will be the replacement coach or the coach in the long term.

PHOTOS: LA Councilman Art Snyder remembered as a 'rascal'

Former Los Angeles city councilman Arthur K. Snyder has died at age 79. The ex-Marine served nine terms on the council, and was never far from scandal.

Rev. Schuller testifies in Crystal Cathedral bankruptcy case

Rev. Robert H. Schuller testified Thursday in bankruptcy court that the ministry he founded owes him millions of dollars for using his creative works in broadcasts and online.