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

A stormy night in

I'm currently figuring out what I'm going to do this evening. I just received successive e-mails informing me that a) my gospel choir rehearsal is canceled due to the weather and b) my hiking group, which I normally go to when I don't go to choir, is canceled due to the weather.

Former Ukiah college scholarship trustee settles after being accused of misappropriating funds

James Harrison settled with the California Attorney General's Office after he was accused of misappropriating money from a college scholarship trust intended to benefit female graduates of Ukiah High School pursuing careers in medicine.

Tornado warnings

As we deal with weather reminiscent of 2012 and the Day After Tomorrow, including a tornado warning in Southern California, it reminded me of my time going to college in the upper Midwest at Saint Olaf College.

Remembering Martin Luther King in music

I had the chance to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. last night musically with the gospel choir I sing with, Hollywood Mass Choir, at our annual Martin Luther King tribute concert.

LA Customs officials seize $7 million in counterfeit DVDs

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials seized 252,968 DVDs with counterfeit trademarks coming into the Los Angeles/Long Beach port on Jan. 7. The Department of Homeland Security made the announcement this morning. The suggested retail price of the DVDs was estimated to be over $7.1 million and the domestic value was $204,904.

New Incredible Hulk film better than last 2

I had the chance last night to see an advance screening of the new animated movie Planet Hulk, based on the Marvel Comics storyline. It was on the higher end of Saturday morning fare, though not as good as some other recent superhero animated movies like Superman/Batman: Public Enemies or Wonder Woman.

Carson man sentenced to death for stabbing, killing elderly couple

Carson man Anthony Cain was sentenced to death today for stabbing to death elderly couple Ernestine and Lamar Matthews during a robbery in their Cerritos home six years ago, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced this morning.

Orange County man sentenced for drowning 4-year-old son

Gideon Omondi was sentenced today to 25 years to life in prison after being convicted of murdering his 4-year-old son. Omondi drowned his son in a bathtub after becoming angry over having to pay child support. Omondi had turned himself in.

Conan O'Brien, folk hero

TMZ is reporting that Jay Leno has made a new deal with NBC, giving him back The Tonight Show. As someone who's always been a fan of Conan O'Brien's work, it's disappointing to see him leaving, but I'm sure he'll land on his feet wherever he winds up.

LAPD Chief Beck answers questions at town hall

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck answered questions Wednesday night in a special edition of KPCC's Patt Morrison's "Ask the Chief" feature. Beck spoke and answered questions about undocumented immigration and Special Order 40, gang intervention, the end of the consent decree, and other topics.

My American Idol confession

I have a confession to make. I auditioned for American Idol.

Manager previously charged with raping 17-year-old employee in court for second rape

Dry cleaning business manager Jaime Ramirez, previously charged with raping a 17-year-old female employee, was in court this morning for raping another woman. His arraignment was continued to Jan. 28, 2010.

Doctor sentenced to 5 years for hitting brakes, causing 2 cyclists to crash

Former ER physician Christopher Thompson was sentenced today to five years in state prison for seriously injuring two bicyclists after he allegedly deliberately slammed on his brakes and caused two bicyclists to crash. The cyclists were seriously injured.

California, 23 other states reach $22.5 million settlement against drug companies

Twenty-four state attorneys general, including California's Jerry Brown, announced a $22.5 million settlement against pharmaceutical companies Abbott and Fournier after the companies "illegally blocked" cheaper generic substitutes for the cholesterol-reducing drug Tricor.

2 convicted of New Year's Eve 2006 killings

Matthew Koontz and Jonathan Blackwell were convicted of first-degree murder today for the 2006 New Year's Eve killings of Raul Cruz and his teenage stepdaughter, Jessica Cipriano, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.