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

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.

Watson's a lady & Twitter can't keep your identity secret

Also: WonderCon comes to Anaheim, "Community" is back, the Best Animated Short is available for your viewing and more in today's pop culture roundup.

2 young men shot outside Los Angeles High School

Two young hispanic men were shot outside Los Angeles High School at Olympic and Rimpau boulevards, though the shootings were off campus.

Comedian Sara Benincasa on beating agoraphobia and 'Downton Abbey'

In this podcast, we talk about mental health, "Downton Abbey," politics, Marvel Comics, religion, taking baths with other adults and much more, so check it out!

What's wrong with female journalists' Twitter pics?

FishbowlDC called out female journalists covering the 2012 campaign for sexy Twitter pics. Twitter users' reaction? This is hardly "provocative."

Soccer coach charged for molesting 15-year-old boy

Soccer club coach Javier Arrioja faces five counts following allegations that he molested a 15-year-old boy who played on the team.

LAPD Chief Beck: Yes to licenses for illegal immigrants

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck says California should issue driver's licenses to illegal immigrants, the L.A. Times reports.

SAG members sue to block AFTRA merger (updated)

Martin Sheen, Ed Harris, Valerie Harper and former SAG presidents Ed Asner and Alan Rosenberg are among the plaintiffs in the lawsuit.

Boxer drops neutrality, endorses Berman over fellow Dem

Democratic California U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer endorsed Howard Berman Tuesday over fellow Democrat Brad Sherman as they fight over a new congressional district.

Muppets at the Oscars and the LA Public Library gets hipster

Also: Adorable old people, the new cool L.A. neighborhood, Courtney Love heading back to court because of Twitter and more in today's pop culture roundup.