Mike Roe Digital News Producer

Mike Roe
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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: The original Republican convention schedule

Here's a look at video of the originally announced Monday evening speakers to help give you a feel for what that original message might have been.

Found Footage Festival brings VHS weirdness back to LA

From exercise videos to home movies, those behind the festival dig through video relics to find you the best unintentionally funny footage of the video era.

Map: 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' campaign = DUI checkpoints

Police are planning sobriety checkpoints again this weekend to bust drunk drivers across Southern California.

Autopsy: Rodney King's death a drowning with drugs in system

King's death was the result of an accidental drowning, but alcohol, cocaine, marijuana and PCP in his blood were contributing factors.

What albums do Los Angeles music fans love?

Pitchfork, the journal of what hipsters think about music (or something like that), just published a list that includes a look at what albums L.A. loves.

Nintendo Power ceases publication since no one reads magazines

Nintendo Power magazine is ceasing publication after 24 years. "Nintendo what now?" you may be asking. "Magahuh?" you may say as you read this on your iPad.

'Top Gun' director Scott dies after jumping off LA bridge

Tony Scott, director of "Top Gun," has died after jumping from a Los Angeles County bridge. ABC News reports that Scott was suffering from inoperable brain cancer.

Tony Scott remembered following suicide (slideshow)

The film community is sharing their thoughts following the suicide of "Top Gun" director Tony Scott. Scott leapt to his death Sunday afternoon; he was 68.

Body found off Palos Verdes Peninsula by LA sheriff's divers

Los Angeles sheriff's divers searching for a missing 50-year-old diver have retrieved a body from the area where her belongings were found on the beach a week ago.

Tonight Show cuts staff, Leno takes pay cut to save jobs

The Tonight Show has laid off about two dozen workers and host Jay Leno has taken a large pay cut to save the jobs of other members of his staff.

FBI seeks 'make it quick bandit' bank robber (slideshow)

The FBI is seeking a bank robber dubbed the "make it quick bandit" suspected of a holding up banks inside grocery stores in the greater Los Angeles area.

Tarzana swings into celebrating 100 years of Tarzan (slideshow)

Tarzana has a funny name, but it's no coincidence that it sounds like a certain king of the jungle — the town was named for Tarzan.

Over 20,000 fake shoes seized at LA/Long Beach port (slideshow)

Over 20,000 counterfeit shoes violating the Christian Louboutin trademark were seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection recently.

Bill could cause trouble for LA Unified teacher evaluation plan

A bill in the state Legislature would include how teachers are evaluated in negotiations, which could get in the way of using student test scores in evaluations.

The ultimate 'Back to School' survival guide

August 14 is back to school for LAUSD, and KPCC is here to help jumpstart the season with specialized suggestions from every corner of the internet playground.