Mike Roe

Digital News Producer

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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

Torrance Chick-fil-A vandalized: 'Tastes Like Hate'

A Torrance Chick-fil-A has been vandalized with spray paint reading "Tastes Like Hate," following the restaurant's public opposition of gay marriage.

California ruling favoring debt collectors reversed on appeal

A federal appeals court has reversed a California ruling in favor of debt collectors who send letters to someone's workplace.

LA city workers watching Olympics online asked to stop

The top technology officer for Los Angeles pleaded with city workers to stop watching the Olympics online at work, saying it could cause a municipal computer meltdown.

Lap-Band VIP weight loss firm ordered to pull misleading ads

The Food and Drug Administration has warned a Los Angeles-based Lap-Band firm to pull misleading weight loss surgery ads.

Weakness in California electricity trading exposed

Officials say a big electricity trader has apparently figured out a way to exploit vulnerabilities in the state's electricity market — much as Enron did.

LA homeless stabbings suspect's plea: Not guilty

A man charged with attempted murder in the stabbings of three homeless people who were left with notes labeled "death warrants" has pleaded not guilty.

Family of man shot, killed by Anaheim police files lawsuit

Over 200 protesters storm Anaheim City Hall after the family of a man shot to death by Anaheim police Saturday announced it is suing the city for $50 million.

Comic-Con 2012 geeks out 125,000 fans

For those who haven't been, San Diego Comic-Con is a massive pop culture behemoth that offers a community where at least someone else will love the thing you love.

Artist Ed Ruscha leaves LA MOCA board

Artist Ed Ruscha has resigned from the board of Los Angeles's Museum Of Contemporary Art — the last of four to leave after chief curator Paul Schimmel was removed.

Comic-Con: 'Batman' writer on why NPR listeners should care

Comic-Con is here. KPCC's Mike Roe had a chance to talk with "Batman" writer Scott Snyder recently at another convention about his work and why comics still matter.

LAUSD teacher suspected of lewd acts leads police on chase

A Los Angeles teacher, suspected of committing lewd acts on a child, led police on a car chase through the South Bay before crashing into a tree.

State Senate says full steam ahead for high-speed rail

California's state Senate voted Friday to approve $4.7 billion in state bonds for California high-speed rail, launching the first leg of the nation’s first bullet train.

'Amazing Spider-Man' satisfies despite unresolved mysteries

The Amazing Spider-Man is in theaters now, for everyone who wanted another Spider-Man origin story 10 years after the last one. Verdict: It's actually good.

Star Wars Night a solid hit at Dodger Stadium

Star Wars Night is back at Dodger Stadium. It's a celebration of all things Star Wars, which the Dodgers have been putting on for several years now.

Arrested Development art show hits Gallery 1988

A showing of Arrested Development tribute art opens Friday night at Gallery 1988's Melrose location in Hollywood — "There's Always Money In The Banana Stand."