Mike Roe Digital News Producer/Blogger

Mike Roe
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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

'Ready Player One' was written using cheat codes — here's our 11 faves

"Ready Player One" was written using classic video game cheats to play parts of classic games and write them into the book. That got us thinking about our favorite cheats — here they are.

Longtime LA TV weatherman 'Dr. George' Fischbeck dies at 92

The enthusiastic Fischbeck (and his signature bowtie and glasses) worked for KABC for almost 20 years, according to the station, before retiring.

'The X-Files' is back: Here are 5 times it predicted the future

"The X-Files" is coming back as a six-episode limited series on Fox with the original stars, but in some ways it never left. Here's a look at what it saw first and what it inspired.

Public Radio Bracket Madness: Round 3 — Serial vs. This American Life!

Round 2 is in the books, and we're down to the top 8 in KPCC's Public Radio Bracket Madness! Go vote in Round 3 (including dream match This American Life vs. Serial)!

Drought quiz: Saving water may be trickier than you think

With California facing one of the worst droughts ever, we're all thinking about how to save water. But you may not be doing the right thing.

Pro wrestler Perro Aguayo Jr. dies after match with Rey Mysterio

Perro Aguayo Jr. apparently hurt himself in the wrestling ring's ropes while getting ready to take one of Mysterio's signature moves, the 619.

KPCC's Public Radio Bracket Madness: Round 2 — go vote!

It's time for Round 2 of this year's Public Radio Bracket Madness. Go vote and read about the Round 1 results, as well as the matchups that these results set up.

Public Radio Bracket Madness 2015 — Vote in the finals!

It's time for this year's bracket featuring all of your favorite public radio shows, including podcasts for the first time. Show your love and vote!

Los Angeles commission votes to make Norms a historic landmark

The location is considered a prime of example of "Googie architecture," a 1950s vision of what the future would look like. The L.A. City Council could vote to preserve it.

KPCC's 2015 Public Radio Bracket Madness is live — vote here

It's time for KPCC's third annual Public Radio Bracket Madness voting! We've got 15 new shows, 17 returning shows and the addition of public radio podcasts. Let's do this.

Co-owner Aaron Kushner resigns from Orange County Register

Orange County Register co-owner Aaron Kushner resigned Tuesday from his duties with both Freedom and the paper, according to the Register.

Pasadena voters vote to choose first new mayor in 16 years

Pasadena residents are also voting for a new City Council member and three new Pasadena Unified School Board members.

Nominate shows to compete in KPCC's Public Radio Bracket Madness 2015

It's almost time for you to vote in the third annual KPCC Public Radio Bracket Madness, and we want to know which shows you'd like to nominate to the ballot this time around.

R-rated Power Rangers fan film pulled from YouTube, but watch here

A Power Rangers short film with big stars went viral this week, but the company behind the kids/toy icons issued takedown requests. Here's the story behind the flashy short.

Metrolink train crash: Truck driver charged with felony hit-and-run (updated)

The driver of the truck involved in a Tuesday morning collision with a Metrolink train has been arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run with injury.