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

'Dark Knight Rises' midnight showings already sold out - for July

Want to go to a midnight screening of "The Dark Knight Rises," which opens July 20? Well you should have thought of that sooner, as midnight screenings are already selling out.

New sketch comedy show 'Key & Peele' taping this week in LA

Key & Peele

'Walking in Los Angeles - who does it?' asks new Kate Micucci song

Singer Kate Micucci, the pixieish singer/actress perhaps best known for roles on shows like "Scrubs" and "Raising Hope," has a new music video out for a song based on our fair city, "Walking In Los Angeles.

Nerdiest New York Times correction ever, re: My Little Pony

I've been known to take my nerdy things far too seriously. I may have needed to exert great effort to bite my tongue while my little brother made up a non-canonical history for the Green Lantern toys he got for Christmas.

Update: Parolee who shot agent apprehended, 210 Freeway reopens

The parolee who allegedly shot a parole agent in the Lake View Terrace area Wednesday has been apprehended, according to the L.A. County Sheriff's Department. Officials closed the 210 Freeway, Foothill Boulevard and other surface streets while police and sheriff's deputies searched for the gunman; the 210 Freeway has been reopened, according to the Sheriff's Department.

10 best quotes from 'S--- White Girls Say... to Black Girls' video

Following the success of the Twitter account/viral video sensation "S--- Girls Say," and imitators like "S--- Black Girls Say," "S--- Gay Guys Say," and other "S--- [group] Say" videos that include some sort of broad generalization that people hopefully find humor and truth in comes "S--- White Girls say.

Iron Man, Captain America & Thor come to LA for 'Avengers' reshoots

The new "Avengers" superhero movie, combining the Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and Hulk franchises into one film, is reportedly doing reshoots in Los Angeles, according to comic book news site Bleeding Cool, so if you see anyone walking around in brightly colored costumes, they might not be prostitutes.

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.