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

Beck, Moore, and McDonnell are finalists for LAPD chief

Veteran LAPD officers Charlie Beck, Michel Moore, and Jim McDonnell were named this evening as finalists to replace outgoing Chief William Bratton.

Why seeing U2 live is for suckers

I'm one of the 96,000+ descending upon Pasadena's Rose Bowl this weekend to see U2 in a sold out concert (or at least the small dots that I will assume are U2 from my seat). However, while you can't beat the energy of a live crowd, the best view may be had by all the people not at the show.

LAPD makes art of theft

Greg.org recently pointed out the way that the LAPD's gallery of stolen pieces of art was, in its own way, art all of its own.

LAPD Memorial Wall unveiled

The new LAPD Memorial Wall was unveiled and dedicated Wednesday night. The wall has the names of 202 officers inscribed on brass plates and weighs 11,000 pounds.

Remembering pro wrestling manager Captain Lou Albano

Pro wrestling manager Captain Lou Albano died this morning. There've been some untimely deaths in the wrestling industry, but Albano lived a rather full life, dying at age 76.

Captain Lou Albano, pro wrestling manager, dies

Captain Lou Albano, the charismatic professional wrestler who appeared in several Cyndi Lauper music videos, including "Girls Just Want To Have Fun," has died. He was 76.

Fire at LAX causes power outage

A fire on the west side of Los Angeles International Airport this morning caused a power outage. According to a press release, airport and most terminal operations were unaffected by the outage.

Coming soon: 'Fully conservative' Bible translation

There's a project on Conservapedia (a conservative version of Wikipedia) to create a "fully conservative translation" of the Bible.

Google explains what a browser is

We talked earlier this week about how it's easy to get lost in cool new technology while forgetting the basics.

Loving the Next Thing

Several of us went to San Francisco this weekend for an online journalism conference. We learned a lot and had some great discussions about how the news business is evolving and how to better deliver the news to the public.

Pasadena police chief leaves for Justice Department

Attorney General Eric Holder announced today that Pasadena Police Chief Bernard Melekian will be leaving the Pasadena Police to head up the Community Oriented Police Services Office (the COPS program) at the Justice Department.

LAPD arrests suspect in teen sexual assaults

The Los Angeles Police Department announced the arrest of a sexual assault suspect. Police believe the suspect may be responsible for additional assaults on other teenage victims in addition to the one that led to his arrest.

The term 'artistic integrity,' which I'd heard on NPR

I had the chance to hear author Donald Miller speak in Hollywood last night as part of a book tour promoting his new book, A Million Miles In A Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life.

Steve Martin brings bluegrass tour back to LA

Steve Martin is coming back to Los Angeles as he continues to tour following his recent bluegrass album, The Crow. I had the chance to see him perform when he came through town in May, playing Club Nokia.

Breaking the bubble

It can be easy as a news junkie, particularly working for a news organization, to get stuck inside a bubble where it seems like everyone cares about the same things you do.