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

Power still out for hundreds of thousands of Southern Californians following winds

Some of the most powerful Santa Ana winds in years ripped through Southern California Wednesday night, with more Thursday and more strong winds expected over the weekend. Hundreds of thousands of people lost power. Read our updates posted as the story broke.

Cleanup begins after Occupy LA protesters removed from City Hall lawn

Trash, flattened tents and the stench of urine remained after hundreds of Occupy Los Angeles protesters were arrested or chased out of their City Hall lawn camp.

Updated: Police clear Occupy LA camp; 292 arrested in massive raid

Los Angeles police moved in on the nearly two-month old Occupy L.A. encampment early Wednesday morning, arresting the protesters who'd remained in City Hall Park despite a deadline by the mayor for protesters to vacate the area by Monday.

Comedian Patrice O'Neal dies at 41 following stroke

Comedian Patrice O'Neal died yesterday at the age of 41 due to complications from a stroke he suffered a month prior.

Conrad Murray sentenced to maximum term in Michael Jackson death

Dr. Conrad Murray was sentenced today to the maximum sentence possible for involuntary manslaughter in the death of pop music star Michael Jackson, four years in county jail. Jackson died in June 2009 of an overdose of the powerful anesthetic propofol Jackson was given as a sleep aid. Murray is unlikely to serve the full term due to overcrowding and prison realignment leading to less room in county jails. The L.A. Times reports that Murray will only serve about two years of his sentence behind bars.

200 arrested after 1,400 cops flood Occupy LA

Los Angeles police cleared the nearly two-month old Occupy L.A. encampment Tuesday night – emerging from City Hall and surrounding streets, arresting protesters who refused to move, and dismantling the remaining tents and structures. Follow our live blog of the continuing events here.

What Twilight has to do with Occupy LA

Occupy L.A. is trying to get a temporary restraining order to prevent police from removing the Occupy encampment from the City Hall lawn. Their chances don't look good, but if you look at their argument, they're staking (sorry) at least part of their hopes on "Twilight.

Woman pepper sprays Black Friday competition at LA-area Walmart

A woman shot pepper spray to keep shoppers from merchandise she wanted during a Black Friday sale at a crowded Los Angeles-area Walmart, and 20 people suffered minor injuries, authorities said.

Comedian Jimmy Pardo raises money for charity with 12-hour Pardcast-a-thon

Comedian Jimmy Pardo is holding his third annual Pardcast-a-thon, delivering comedy from 6 p.m. tonight until 6 a.m. Saturday morning. It takes place at Los Angeles's Acme Comedy Theater and streams live online.

LA sheriff's cars get new computer systems tested in Iraq

Los Angeles County Sheriff Department patrol cars will soon be outfitted with $20 million in battlefield-tested technology. Beginning this month, one of the nation's major military contractors is outfitting 2,500 cars with computer systems and high-tech gadgetry perfected in Iraq, equipment that will enable deputies to respond to calls faster and get data on suspects instantly.

New Woody Harrelson film looks at LAPD Rampart corruption scandal

The trailer is out for Woody Harrelson's new movie "Rampart," which comes out in January. In it, Harrelson plays a corrupt cop in a fictionalized take on LAPD's Rampart Division during the 1990s.

Herb Wesson elected 1st black LA City Council president

The Los Angeles City Council unanimously voted for Herb Wesson, making him the first African-American L.A. City Council president.

LA offers incentives to Occupy protesters to leave City Hall

Los Angeles city officials are offering Occupy L.A. protesters incentives, including downtown office space and two empty lots for a community garden, if they agree to stop camping outside City Hall.

Can Wonder Woman appeal to a modern audience?

In her 70 year history, Wonder Woman has never made it to the big screen. Wonder Woman almost made it to television this fall, with legendary TV producer David E. Kelley behind it. A pilot was produced for NBC, but in the end, NBC decided not to go with it.

Tumblr protests potential censorship, gives users heart attacks

This morning, anyone who logged onto popular blog site Tumblr saw a feed that looked something like the screenshot above. Rather than animated GIFs and the other usual fare of Tumblr, text and photos were greyed out and had censored stamps on them.