Mike Roe Digital News Producer

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Mike Roe is a digital news producer for Southern California Public Radio, as well as covering pop culture online and on air. He's covered events like Comic-Con and E3, as well as breaking news. He was nominated for a National Entertainment Journalism award for his pop culture coverage and created KPCC's Public Radio Bracket Madness, which received national attention.

When he's not covering the waterfront for KPCC, Mike also writes and performs with several sketch comedy groups, including the Pack Theater house team Dandy and weekly topical show Top Story Weekly. He's written several TV screenplays, including one that was a quarterfinalist for the Austin Film Festival. He's also studied sketch and improv comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, the Pack Theater and elsewhere.

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, then interned in commercial radio and public television. He earned a BA in history from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, and also spent time studying communications, music and religion.

Stories by Mike Roe

'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.

San Francisco sheriff pleads guilty to false imprisonment

San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi tearfully told reporters he intends to remain as sheriff after pleading guilt to domestic violence against his wife.

Improv Everywhere takes over TED

In a talk about the unexpected at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center, something apparently goes awry. Horribly, awfully, awry.

LACMA rock isn't the first giant boulder to get LA excited

The LACMA rock isn't the first to make an L.A. impact; in 1979, a 116-ton boulder from Malibu was turned into a sculpture of western movie legend John Wayne's face.

Stephanie Lazarus murder trial verdict: Guilty

Jurors found former Los Angeles police detective Stephanie Lazarus guilty Thursday of killing her ex-boyfriend's wife in Van Nuys just over 26 years ago.

Even President Obama gets his movie ideas turned down

Bad news for all you aspiring Hollywood screenwriters out there: It apparently doesn't matter how powerful you are. The latest failed auteur? President Obama.

Brawl erupts at Carson High between blacks, Latinos

At least 30 students battled each other at Carson High School Wednesday in a fight between black and Latino students that left four injured and two under arrest.

Actor Topher Grace makes his own 'Star Wars' prequel edit

Star Wars fans are known to be a bit obsessive, going to elaborate lengths in service to their fandom. Well, there's a celebrity to add to their ranks: Topher Grace.

LA County courts dealt 'crippling blow,' laying off 350 employees

The Los Angeles County court system is planning to lay off around 350 employees at the end of June, as well as restructuring more than 50 courtrooms.

Clooney, Pitt, Sheen headline same-sex marriage play '8'

It was all part of the West Coast premiere of "8," a play about the court fight against Proposition 8, the gay-marriage ban that California voters approved in 2008.

Disneyland bomb scare prompted by 'spiritual message of goodwill'

A "suspicious object" was discovered by a guard in a tree near the Disneyland ticket booths to Saturday morning, prompting the closure of the park entrance plaza.

SWAT storms bank, frees hostage, shoots suspect (Updated)

The hostage situation at a Buena Park bank has ended. The bank's doors were blown open and police entered the building with guns drawn around 3:00 p.m.

3 overdose on prescription drugs, doc faces murder charges

A San Gabriel Valley doctor has been charged with murder after three of her patients overdosed on prescription drugs she prescribed.

Manager being held hostage at Buena Park bank

A dangerous situation is unfolding at Buena Park bank where a gunman is holding at least one person hostage, NBC LA is reporting.

'Downton Abbey': The rap song (really)

Like the rest of pop culture-loving America, I'm a huge fan of "Downton Abbey." Now Adam WarRock's dropped a rap from the perspective of Lord Grantham.