Mike Roe Digital News Producer

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Mike Roe is a digital news producer for Southern California Public Radio and covers pop culture online and on air. Mike joined KPCC after working for KCTS public television in Seattle. He's covered events like Comic-Con, as well as breaking news.

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 and interned in commercial radio.

He earned a BA in history from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, and also spent time studying communications, music and religion.

When he's not covering the waterfront for KPCC, Mike writes and performs with several sketch comedy groups, including the monthly late night variety show It's Past My Bedtime and weekly topical show Top Story Weekly. He's graduated from both the improv and sketch comedy programs at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre.

Stories by Mike Roe

Schmidt from 'New Girl' recommends his favorite LA things

The actor who plays overly enthusiastic bro/weirdo Schmidt shares what he likes in the most Schmidt-like place possible, Gwyneth Paltrow's lifestyle guide site Goop.

Coachella 2013 advance tickets sell out in about 4 hours

Coachella's sold out, almost a year in advance! Both weekends! But don't worry — these are just advance tickets. More passes will be offered early next year.

USC grad helps resurrect 1990s comics company Valiant

Valiant Comics' heyday was in the early 1990s, but now they're back under new ownership. Can they be a success in today's marketplace?

Does Siri really respond like in that Zooey Deschanel ad?

One man put it to the test, asking his phone the same questions Zooey did, and the answer is, kind of!

Fullerton City Council hears from beaten man Kelly Thomas' father

"I demand that Joe Wolfe be terminated immediately," Kelly Thomas's father told the council. Officer Wolfe is seen using a baton on Kelly Thomas in the now viral video of the beating.

Mike Birbiglia and Terry Gross hang out in new YouTube short

Watch comedian/author/"This American Life" personality Mike Birbiglia get to know "Fresh Air" host Terry Gross in this hilarious new short.

Stagecoach country music festival rocks SoCal

About 50,000 country music fans spent the weekend in the desert heat at the Stagecoach Festival. The weekend saw a rape and 60 booze-related arrests.

South Korean Christians say no, no to Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga performed in South Korea to about 45,000 fans, despite a backlash from local Christians. It's the latest in Gaga's attempt to be this generation's Madonna.

CicLAvia sights: LA goes footloose and car-free

CicLAvia included a little of everything, from street chess to the Power Rangers to a dancing/cycling Easter Bunny. What did you see?

Coachella Day 2: The De-rainening

After some inclement weather to kick off Coachella, Day 2 of Weekend 1 became more of what people have come to expect from the festival.

LA Dodgers sale approved by bankruptcy court

A federal bankruptcy court has approved the plan by the L.A. Dodgers that would put the team on track to exit bankruptcy with new owners including Magic Johnson.

USC announces $125,000 reward for info on grad students' murder

The LAPD held a news conference Friday on the two USC grad students shot and killed near campus, where USC also publicly announced a $125,000 reward.

TV show 'Smallville' continues in comic book form

"Smallville" was the longest running sci-fi/fantasy series on network TV, running 10 seasons before going off the air. Well, it's back, except in comic book form.

101 Freeway chase suspect: 'I have a gun'

Police released more details on the driver who led the police on a chase Wednesday night on the 101 Freeway that led to police shooting and killing the suspect.

Obama says that Jay-Z is the easy answer over Kanye West

I've got a secret: I prefer Kanye. This is something I don't share with President Obama, who, in a recent Atlantic article, says emphatically that he prefers Jay-Z.