Mike Roe Digital News Producer

Mike Roe
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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

Judge refuses to reduce Miramonte teacher Berndt's bail

South L.A. elementary school teacher Mark Berndt, charged with lewd acts on 23 children, had his request to reduce bail from $23 million to $1 million rejected.

Kinde Durkee likely to plead guilty to embezzling $8M

Durkee was the treasurer for numerous California Democrats and allegedly stole more than $8 million.

'Mad Men' is lying to you: It's actually shot in Los Angeles

"Mad Men" allegedly takes place in 1960s Manhattan, but the show's locations are almost all right here in L.A., including landmarks like the Millennium Biltmore.

Why does comedy have a liberal bias?

More often than not, when you see a comedian get political, they're taking shots at conservative rather than liberal ideas. Is there a place for conservative comedy?

Trayvon Martin supporters march in downtown LA

A rally dubbed the "Million Hoodie March,was held in downtown L.A. Monday in support of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black man who was shot and killed in Florida.

School cop Stenroos to pay LA $309,000 for hoax shooting

Stenroos agreed to pay the city a lump sum of $309,000. He was a school police officer who accidentally shot himself but said it was incurred in the line of duty.

Comedian Gallagher retires following heart attack, coma

Gallagher, the over-the-top comic with a fondness for smashing produce, is hanging up the sledgehammer. (Yes, he was still performing.)

Online dating vs. online gaming: Which creates more romance?

The site OnlineUniversity.net put together an infographic comparing the success of online dating sites with the success of dating someone met through gaming online.

WonderCon recap: 'Prometheus' impresses, Batman isn't crazy

Also, "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" looks amazing, "Community" is back and better than ever and Batman apparently isn't crazy.

Strong earthquake shakes southern Mexico

Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard's Twitter account said the water system and other "strategic services" were not experiencing problems.

WonderCon: YouTube banks on geek, '21 Jump Street' goes Anaheim

The second biggest pop culture event of the year, with tens of thousands of fans in attendance, is in the books, so let's take our first look back.

WonderCon the best pop culture convention?

WonderCon, making its Anaheim debut, is run by the same people who put together Comic-Con.

Failure to communicate mars Mitrice Richardson case

A breakdown in communication between sheriff's deputies and the L.A. County coroner's office led to problems handling the skeletal remains of Mitrice Richardson.

Spoiler rules laid out by cult TV icons

As someone who got "The Walking Dead" spoiled this week (thanks a lot, Internet), I appreciate this effort by cult TV icons to lay down the rules for spoilers.

'Obama is Muslim' trends on Twitter thanks to poll

A new poll showing the majority of likely Republican primary voters in Albamaa and Mississippi don't believe Obama is a Christian has led to a hot trending topic.