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

Panel: California Legislature should postpone $98.5 billion high-speed rail plan

The state-appointed California High-Speed Rail Peer Review Group says the Legislature should not authorize $2.7 billion in bonds to start building a new $98.5-billion high-speed rail project to build a bullet train from San Diego to San Francisco because the project isn't financially feasible.

Native American soul-stealing beast 'Tahquitz' comes alive in Riverside art exhibition

Deep in the foothills of the San Jacinto Mountains there is said to lurk a creature right out of the pages of gothic horror master H.P. Lovecraft. Native Americans call him "Tahquist" and they say he’s a primordial beast who steals the souls of humans. The creature comes alive in a new exhibit at Riverside’s Culver Center of the Arts.

Calif. Dept of Education names new English learners chief

California’s Superintendent of Schools Tom Torlakson announced Wednesday he’s appointed a new point person for efforts to improve the education of students whose first language isn’t English.

Cops: Meat market worker torched Cathedral City strip mall for insurance

Police say butcher shop worker Jesus Hernandez, 48, has admitted to torching Cathedral City strip mall Date Palm Plaza earlier this month. No one was hurt in the fire and subsequent explosion, but eight businesses were damaged or destroyed.

'The Hobbit' trailer gives a peek at the latest 2-part epic

Two part movies are all the rage right now with Twilight: Breaking Dawn being split up, as well as the final Harry Potter book making two movies, and that trend is about to continue with "The Hobbit.

14,000 SoCal Edison customers without power

A thunderstorm moved through the Southland Thursday afternoon, leaving 13,838 Southern California Edison customers without power as of 6:30 p.m. with heavy rain, thunder and lightning in some areas, down from 20,000 earlier. The hardest hit areas are Arcadia, Long Beach, Covina, Rancho Cucamonga and Palm Springs, according to SoCal Edison.

Howard Stern joins America's Got Talent as it moves from LA to New York

I've never been a big America's Got Talent fan, but I've thought for a while that it would be fun to go to a live taping to gaze upon the spectacle in person. Well, looks like I've missed my window.

Demolition begins on bridge over 60 Freeway; may reopen Friday afternoon

Following a tanker fire that caused serious damage to the Paramount Bridge above the 60 Freeway, demolition of the east side of the overpass has begun. Caltrans also now says they plan to reopen both directions of the 60 in time for the evening commute Friday, helping out those trying to drive through Montebello to get from the Inland Empire or Pomona Valley into L.A.

LA County offers free tree debris dropoff in La Crescenta, Altadena

Los Angeles County is offering free tree debris pickup in La Crescenta, Altadena and Kinneloa Mesa. They're offering fewer collection sites than previously available.

Tanker truck fire shuts down Pomona Freeway, may have compromised overpass

Thick, black smoke poured out of a tanker truck that caught fire today on the eastbound Pomona (60) Freeway in Montebello.

Louis CK sells new comedy special directly, promotes on Reddit

Louis C.K. has a new comedy special out, "Louis C.K.: Live at the Beacon Theater," and instead of going the traditional route and putting it out somewhere like HBO or Comedy Central, he's distributing it directly from his website, LouisCK.

Inside the LA comedy scene with the Comedy Store's Alf LaMont

The comedy world has been in a transition period as it attempts to grapple with the Internet, the alternative comedy scene and more emphasis on the personalities rather than the platform.

Update: 3 Simi Valley schools locked down as police search for robbery suspects

Crest View Elementary School, Hillside Middle School and Mountain View Elementary in Simi Valley were placed on lockdown earlier today. Police are searching for several robbery suspects in an area near the schools. The schools were dismissed at their regular times.

California, Nevada announce joint mortgage, foreclosure fraud probe

The attorneys general of California and Nevada are joining forces to investigate various fraud and impropriety around mortgages and foreclosures.

Brown initiative: 0.5% sales tax increase, 2% income tax increase for $250,000+

Gov. Jerry Brown has filed a ballot initiative to temporarily raise taxes on high income earners, Brown announced Monday in an “open letter” to California voters. The plan also hikes the state sales tax by half a percent. If approved by voters, the funds would go to education and public safety.