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

Santa Ana mechanic to be arraigned for lighting homeless man on fire

Auto mechanic Hector Manuel Medina of Santa Ana is scheduled to be arraigned today, charged with dousing a homeless man's shopping cart with gasoline and lighting the man and his possessions on fire.

Roger Ebert and Twitter

Roger Ebert tragically lost his ability to speak several years ago due to complications from thyroid cancer, but he's still "speaking" online, both via his Web site and on Twitter as ebertchicago.

Man sentenced for attempted murder at Fullerton movie theater

An Anaheim man was sentenced today to 22 years to life in state prison for stabbing two men during a horror movie at a Fullerton theater.

Orange County DA seeks additional victims of alleged rapist

The Orange County District Attorney's Office is seeking the public's help identifying potential additional victims of a Yorba Linda man charged with raping three women. The defendant is scheduled for pre-trial Friday.

Pastor Rick Warren condemns proposed anti-gay Ugandan legislation

Orange County megachurch pastor Rick Warren issued an open letter to Ugandan church leaders denying allegations that he is in support of Uganda's proposed bill to criminalize homosexuality. The proposed bill includes a potential death sentence.

Former Redondo Beach police officer allegedly embezzles over $75,000

Former Redondo Beach police officer Gene Tomatani, who allegedly embezzled over $75,000 from a police officer's association., appeared for arraignment today at the Foltz Criminal Justice Center. His arraignment was postponed to Jan. 8, 2010.

Former daycare owner Ruiz sentenced in child molestation case

Former daycare owner Tito Ruiz, 66, was sentenced to eight years in state prison today after being convicted of molesting two young girls, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Former OC sheriff's deputy pleads guilty to obstructing Fish & Game warden

Former Orange County Sheriff's Department Deputy Phillip Romero, 39, pleaded guilty today to a misdemeanor account of obstructing an officer after he lied to protect a friend from being cited by the California Department of Fish and Game for illegal lobster poaching. Romero had falsely claimed that co-defendant Deputy William Robb, an off-duty officer, was a confidential informant.

Former Boys & Girls Club employee sentenced for stealing over $114,000 from club

The former chief of The Boys And Girls Club of Tustin was sentenced today for stealing over $114,000 from the organization by misappropriating club funds.

Storm warning issued for Los Angeles

A cold Pacific storm may bring showers and mountain snow tonight into Saturday, according to National Weather Service forecasts. If it rains, authorities are bracing for possible mudslides in the hills denuded by L.A. County's worst brush fire - the Station Fire.

Man deemed sane in LAX police officer's murder

William Sadowski, 51, faces life in prison without the possibility of parole after a Los Angeles jury determined today he was sane when he carjacked and murdered a Los Angeles International Airport police officer in 2005. Sadowski was previously diagnosed with bipolar disease.

Gang member convicted of assault, robbery in home invasion

Santa Ana gang member Carlos Martinez, 26, was convicted late yesterday in a home invasion robbery. Charges included false imprisonment by violence, assault, and robbery. He faces a maximum sentence of two life terms, with sentencing scheduled for Dec. 18.

OC man faces manslaughter for drunk driving hit-and-run

Kenneth McNair, 22, faces manslaughter charges for allegedly killing Jose Pacheco in a high-speed crash while intoxicated. McNair had no driver's license. Opening statements are scheduled to begin Monday, Nov. 30.

LA woman sentenced to 1 year in prison for hit-and-run death

A 21-year old Los Angeles woman who pleaded guilty to the hit-and-run death of a motorcyclist was sentenced to a year in county jail today.

The Freakonomics of UC raising tuition

I'm currently reading Freakonomics, so I was interested to see an entry on the Freakonomics blog at the New York Times' Web site about the increase in undergraduate fees at the University of California.