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

Governor Brown expected to declare end to California drought

Tomorrow, Governor Jerry Brown is expected to declare an end to California's 3-year-old drought after a winter with heavy rainfall and snow.

Does Zack Snyder's 'Sucker Punch' work?

I went to see Zack Snyder's "Sucker Punch" Saturday night. I've been curious about the movie for almost two years now. I first heard about it in July 2009, when, after a screening of the director's cut of "Watchmen," Snyder gave out Sucker Punch T-shirts to everyone in attendance.

Elizabeth Taylor's New York Times obituary written by reporter who's also dead

Showing you how prepared major media organizations are in the event of the death of a major newsmaker, Elizabeth Taylor's New York Times obituary was written by someone who's also dead.

Interviewees walking off '60 Minutes' from the '70s to today

I wrote a couple of months ago about comedian Gallagher getting angry and storming out on podcaster Marc Maron. There was a media walkout on a larger platform this week – CBS's "60 Minutes.

Challenge Watson, IBM's Jeopardy-playing computer

Is mankind lost to the machine? Some have jumped to this conclusion after the recent defeat of Jeopardy champions by Watson the supercomputer.

Southern California grocery workers sign temporary extension with Albertsons, Ralphs, Vons

The United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 770 announced that they'd signed an extension with Albertsons, Ralphs and Vons through the end of March as negotiations for a longer term deal continue.

Measure G would reduce pensions for new police, firefighters

This coming Tuesday, voters will decide on Measure G, which would reduce the pensions of police officers and firefighters hired after July 1.

Little-known LA police/fire retirement plan pays pension, salary at same time

The DROP program is an expensive public pension program that hardly anyone knows about, but pays out lump sums that average $200,000 and up to nearly a million dollars in some cases. KPCC's Madeleine Brand spoke with KCET's Judy Muller, who investigated the DROP program.

Some downtown LA streets closed Friday for firefighter funeral

Select streets will be closed in downtown Los Angeles Friday, starting at 6 a.m., for the funeral of Los Angeles Fire Department firefighter Glenn Allen.

Los Angeles City Council races heat up with 2 weeks to go

Just two weeks are left before Los Angeles voters make their choices to fill seven City Council seats. A number of important issues will face the new City Council, including dealing with the projected $530 million budget deficit for next fiscal year and deciding on a new NFL stadium proposal.

Measure L would help fund LA's libraries, but could lead to deeper cuts in other departments

When it comes to budget cuts, libraries are often at the top of the list. Due to budget cuts, libraries in Los Angeles have laid off a quarter of their staff. The upcoming election's Measure L seeks to allocate more money to libraries.

Science explains how we can tell when someone's looking at us

Ever feel like someone's watching you? Do you find out you're right, and you don't know how you knew?

Councilman Greig Smith on Los Angeles's worsening budget crisis

The Los Angeles City Council today is expected to address the city’s worsening budget crisis. Last week, the city administrative officer said a plan to privatize nine city-owned parking garages had fallen through because the Council had placed too many restrictions on the proposed contract. That’s opened up a more-than $50 million hole in L.A.'s already beleaguered budget. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa says the deal can be saved. Most on the Council seem to disagree. In an interview with KPCC’s Frank Stoltze, Councilman Greig Smith – who sits on the budget committee – called the plan ill-fated from the start.

Federal judge who halted California executions tours new San Quentin death chamber

A federal judge halted executions in California five years ago over concerns about sloppy executions. One deficiency he noted was the state’s death chamber at San Quentin. The judge said its design prevented staff from adequately monitoring inmates during executions. Today, KPCC's Julie Small toured the death chamber at San Quentin, joining federal judge Jeremy Fogel, who halted executions there five years ago.

Conservative blogger Matt Lewis leaves AOL due to Huffington Post purchase

The Huffington Post's recent acquisition by AOL has raised a lot of questions, but this morning I read about the first actual change I've noticed caused by this purchase: conservative blogger Matt Lewis, due to the purchase, is leaving his position blogging for AOL to write for conservative outlet the Daily Caller.