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

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.

Cypress high school teacher arraigned for sex with 17-year-old student

High school teacher Christopher Ontiveros was arraigned today for sexual acts with a 17-year-old female high school student.

Santa Ana mechanic to be arraigned for lighting homeless man on fire

Auto mechanic Hector Manuel Medina of Santa Ana is scheduled to be arraigned today, charged with dousing a homeless man's shopping cart with gasoline and lighting the man and his possessions on fire.

Roger Ebert and Twitter

Roger Ebert tragically lost his ability to speak several years ago due to complications from thyroid cancer, but he's still "speaking" online, both via his Web site and on Twitter as ebertchicago.

Man sentenced for attempted murder at Fullerton movie theater

An Anaheim man was sentenced today to 22 years to life in state prison for stabbing two men during a horror movie at a Fullerton theater.