Mike Roe Digital News Producer

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Mike Roe is a digital news producer for Southern California Public Radio and covers pop culture online and on air. Mike joined KPCC after working for KCTS public television in Seattle. He's covered events like Comic-Con, as well as breaking news.

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 and interned in commercial radio.

He earned a BA in history from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, and also spent time studying communications, music and religion.

When he's not covering the waterfront for KPCC, Mike writes and performs with several sketch comedy groups, including the monthly late night variety show It's Past My Bedtime and weekly topical show Top Story Weekly. He's graduated from both the improv and sketch comedy programs at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre.

Stories by Mike Roe

LACMA rock isn't the first giant boulder to get LA excited

The LACMA rock isn't the first to make an L.A. impact; in 1979, a 116-ton boulder from Malibu was turned into a sculpture of western movie legend John Wayne's face.

Stephanie Lazarus murder trial verdict: Guilty

Jurors found former Los Angeles police detective Stephanie Lazarus guilty Thursday of killing her ex-boyfriend's wife in Van Nuys just over 26 years ago.

Even President Obama gets his movie ideas turned down

Bad news for all you aspiring Hollywood screenwriters out there: It apparently doesn't matter how powerful you are. The latest failed auteur? President Obama.

Brawl erupts at Carson High between blacks, Latinos

At least 30 students battled each other at Carson High School Wednesday in a fight between black and Latino students that left four injured and two under arrest.

Actor Topher Grace makes his own 'Star Wars' prequel edit

Star Wars fans are known to be a bit obsessive, going to elaborate lengths in service to their fandom. Well, there's a celebrity to add to their ranks: Topher Grace.

LA County courts dealt 'crippling blow,' laying off 350 employees

The Los Angeles County court system is planning to lay off around 350 employees at the end of June, as well as restructuring more than 50 courtrooms.

Clooney, Pitt, Sheen headline same-sex marriage play '8'

It was all part of the West Coast premiere of "8," a play about the court fight against Proposition 8, the gay-marriage ban that California voters approved in 2008.

Disneyland bomb scare prompted by 'spiritual message of goodwill'

A "suspicious object" was discovered by a guard in a tree near the Disneyland ticket booths to Saturday morning, prompting the closure of the park entrance plaza.

SWAT storms bank, frees hostage, shoots suspect (Updated)

The hostage situation at a Buena Park bank has ended. The bank's doors were blown open and police entered the building with guns drawn around 3:00 p.m.

3 overdose on prescription drugs, doc faces murder charges

A San Gabriel Valley doctor has been charged with murder after three of her patients overdosed on prescription drugs she prescribed.

Manager being held hostage at Buena Park bank

A dangerous situation is unfolding at Buena Park bank where a gunman is holding at least one person hostage, NBC LA is reporting.

'Downton Abbey': The rap song (really)

Like the rest of pop culture-loving America, I'm a huge fan of "Downton Abbey." Now Adam WarRock's dropped a rap from the perspective of Lord Grantham.

Watson's a lady & Twitter can't keep your identity secret

Also: WonderCon comes to Anaheim, "Community" is back, the Best Animated Short is available for your viewing and more in today's pop culture roundup.

2 young men shot outside Los Angeles High School

Two young hispanic men were shot outside Los Angeles High School at Olympic and Rimpau boulevards, though the shootings were off campus.

Comedian Sara Benincasa on beating agoraphobia and 'Downton Abbey'

In this podcast, we talk about mental health, "Downton Abbey," politics, Marvel Comics, religion, taking baths with other adults and much more, so check it out!