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

Zach Galifianakis promotes Prop 19, smokes pot on HBO

On this past Friday's "Real Time with Bill Maher," during a debate on California's Proposition 19 (which would legalize recreational use of marijuana under California state law), comedian/actor Zach Galifianakis apparently decided to make his point by smoking a joint on the program.

San Diego Comic-Con 2011 ticket system fails, nerds outraged

The moment had finally arrived. Tickets for Comic-Con 2011 were scheduled to go on sale this morning at 9 a.m. The floodgates opened, and then... well, not so much. The ticket system apparently couldn't handle the massive amount of traffic of the eager masses (myself included) and left fans across the Internet looking at spinning icons letting them know that they weren't getting their tickets anytime soon.

President Obama's full-length 'Daily Show' interview

For those who aren't avid followers of "The Daily Show," Jon Stewart had what's known in the biz as a "big get" last night. He spent his full show speaking with President Barack Obama.

Linda McMahon Senate campaign wins right for fans to wear wrestling T-shirts at polls

Republican Linda McMahon's hopes in Connecticut look slim; The New York Times' FiveThirtyEight forecast currently gives her a 0.0 percent chance of winning. (That is not a typo.)

The next Batman movie: 'The Dark Knight Rises'

The next Batman movie's title has been announced: "The Dark Knight Rises." Geoff Boucher at the L.A. Times' Hero Complex did an interview with director Christopher Nolan (recently known for the mind-bending hit "Inception") on the third leg in his Batman trilogy.

New York Times looks at California's Proposition 23

The New York Times has an article today about California's Proposition 23, noting that a large amount of Prop 23's financial support comes from Texas oil companies. Prop 23 would delay California's global warming law until unemployment falls to 5.

California Brown-Whitman gubernatorial race key to Congress's future

This November 2, 37 states are holding governors races. A Sunday article by the Washington Post's Chris Cillizza takes a look at five governors races to keep an eye on: California, Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas.

Proposition 19: Will the federal government stand in the way?

The L.A. Times published an editorial yesterday on Proposition 19, "The feds say no way." It looks at Attorney General Eric Holder's statement that the U.S. government will continue to enforce federal drug laws whether or not California passes the proposition to legalize marijuana for recreational use.

Director of LA County Child, Family Services responds to new child death numbers

Documents show that the number of deaths of children of the the care of Los Angeles County's Department of Children and Family Services is higher than previously thought, according to the Los Angeles Times. The largest change was a revision of this year's number from 6 to 21. Trish Ploehn, director of the L.A. County DCFS, appeared on KPCC's "Patt Morrison" to respond.

Nintendo turns 25

As a child who grew up with the Nintendo being the first item I remember desperately wanting as a tyke, I got a little sentimental upon reading that today is the 25th anniversary of the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System).

Twitter - a Senate campaign selling point for Grassley

In one of the more unique ads of this campaign season, Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley has one drawing attention to his use of social media.

Whitman, Brown hold last debate before election day tonight

Tonight is the last gubernatorial debate between Democrat Jerry Brown and Republican Meg Whitman. Former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw is the moderator of tonight's debate and spoke with KPCC's Patt Morrison.

Saying goodbye to soul legend Solomon Burke

I was saddened to read that soul legend Solomon Burke passed away Sunday. I had the pleasure to see him do two sets at the 2003 Bumbershoot festival in Seattle. He also played this year's Bumbershoot just last month, showing his continued vitality until the end.

Brown aide heard calling Whitman a 'whore' over pension reform

A voicemail recorded a private conversation with one of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown's aides calling his Republican opponent Meg Whitman a "whore."

Bit.ly and Libya, sitting in a tree...

The most popular URL shortener is bit.ly. Most don't often think about the letters that come after the period at the end of a domain name, other than knowing that most sites end with ".