Mike Roe Digital News Producer/Blogger
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
U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina's campaign has produced a provocative new Web attack ad aimed at Republican primary opponent Tom Campbell. The ad accuses Tom Campbell of being a "Fiscal Conservative In Name Only" and depicts Campbell as a sheep with glowing red eyes, a spin on the classic wolf in sheep's clothing analogy.
People were taken aback by President Obama's question and answer session with House Republicans last Friday. It was a serious discussion of the issues facing the nation, carried live on several cable networks, which seemed to go beyond what we usually see in public politics.
• Having 10 nominees for Best Picture takes away a bit of the meaning of being a Best Picture nominee, but I like that it makes the Academy Awards more accessible to the wider movie-loving public, even if it's being done for largely commercial reasons.
Arlon Watson, 21, charged with fatally shooting high school football player Dannie Farber at a Compton restaurant, is due to be arraigned tomorrow. The shooting was allegedly gang-related, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.
The Grammys are an interesting creature. They get the biggest stars in the industry to perform, while giving them prizes for songs that have, by this point, largely moved from contemporary stations to adult contemporary stations.
I'd never seen a Lars Von Trier film before, but I've always been intrigued by the reviews I've read of his films and the soliloquies to his greatness I've heard from my cineaste friends.
• Rock star presidents: Growing up, I always thought of the president and members of Congress as colleagues. I pictured them meeting together and calling one another on the phone. One thing that the State of the Union always seems to make clear is that this isn't necessarily the case, as you read stories about members of Congress coming early so they can get a good spot just for the opportunity to shake the president's hand and you watch Obama signing autographs for members of Congress as he leaves the chamber.
The day has arrived, and Steve Jobs has come down from Mt. Sinai with Apple's long-rumored device, the iPad, a tablet computer. The price is cheaper than I expected (starting at $499), but especially the upper end models (up to $829) are priced significantly higher than netbooks.
As a lifelong Mac user, it pains me to say this, but Bill Gates' new Web site, the Gates Notes, is excellent. He's retired from being actively involved in Microsoft, but is now working full time as co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
"I'm asking this particularly of young people that watch: Please do not be cynical. I hate cynicism. For the record, it's my least favorite quality. It doesn't lead anywhere. Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get.
Rickie Lee Fowler, who allegedly set the 2003 San Bernardino "Old Fire" that destroyed almost 1,000 homes, will face the death penalty if convicted, the Los Angeles Times reported.
I'm not having a good week technologically. Both my computer and my phone decided to not work this week, so outside of my time in the office, I've been largely disconnected the last several days.
I don't know if the Minnesota Vikings are going to the Super Bowl, but I do know they officially have the coolest tribute song. Prince, inspired by the Vikings' victory over the Dallas Cowboys, wrote the song "Purple and Gold" in their honor.
Two young women suspected in the "Bling Ring" celebrity burglary case were charged today with additional counts of receiving stolen property, the L.A. County District Attorney's Office announced.
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.