Mike Roe

Arts & Entertainment, LAist

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Mike Roe is the arts & entertainment editor for LAist, as well as being part of KPCC's broader coverage online and on air. He's covered events like Comic-Con and E3, as well as breaking news, from fires to shootings. 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 LAist/KPCC, Mike writes TV drama scripts with his wife Kristiana; his writing has been honored in several contests. He also writes and performs sketch comedy. He's 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 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

Conan O'Brien, folk hero

TMZ is reporting that Jay Leno has made a new deal with NBC, giving him back The Tonight Show. As someone who's always been a fan of Conan O'Brien's work, it's disappointing to see him leaving, but I'm sure he'll land on his feet wherever he winds up.

LAPD Chief Beck answers questions at town hall

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck answered questions Wednesday night in a special edition of KPCC's Patt Morrison's "Ask the Chief" feature. Beck spoke and answered questions about undocumented immigration and Special Order 40, gang intervention, the end of the consent decree, and other topics.

My American Idol confession

I have a confession to make. I auditioned for American Idol.

Manager previously charged with raping 17-year-old employee in court for second rape

Dry cleaning business manager Jaime Ramirez, previously charged with raping a 17-year-old female employee, was in court this morning for raping another woman. His arraignment was continued to Jan. 28, 2010.

Doctor sentenced to 5 years for hitting brakes, causing 2 cyclists to crash

Former ER physician Christopher Thompson was sentenced today to five years in state prison for seriously injuring two bicyclists after he allegedly deliberately slammed on his brakes and caused two bicyclists to crash. The cyclists were seriously injured.

California, 23 other states reach $22.5 million settlement against drug companies

Twenty-four state attorneys general, including California's Jerry Brown, announced a $22.5 million settlement against pharmaceutical companies Abbott and Fournier after the companies "illegally blocked" cheaper generic substitutes for the cholesterol-reducing drug Tricor.

2 convicted of New Year's Eve 2006 killings

Matthew Koontz and Jonathan Blackwell were convicted of first-degree murder today for the 2006 New Year's Eve killings of Raul Cruz and his teenage stepdaughter, Jessica Cipriano, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

Cypress high school teacher arraigned for sex with 17-year-old student

High school teacher Christopher Ontiveros was arraigned today for sexual acts with a 17-year-old female high school student.

Santa Ana mechanic to be arraigned for lighting homeless man on fire

Auto mechanic Hector Manuel Medina of Santa Ana is scheduled to be arraigned today, charged with dousing a homeless man's shopping cart with gasoline and lighting the man and his possessions on fire.

Roger Ebert and Twitter

Roger Ebert tragically lost his ability to speak several years ago due to complications from thyroid cancer, but he's still "speaking" online, both via his Web site and on Twitter as ebertchicago.

Man sentenced for attempted murder at Fullerton movie theater

An Anaheim man was sentenced today to 22 years to life in state prison for stabbing two men during a horror movie at a Fullerton theater.

Orange County DA seeks additional victims of alleged rapist

The Orange County District Attorney's Office is seeking the public's help identifying potential additional victims of a Yorba Linda man charged with raping three women. The defendant is scheduled for pre-trial Friday.

Pastor Rick Warren condemns proposed anti-gay Ugandan legislation

Orange County megachurch pastor Rick Warren issued an open letter to Ugandan church leaders denying allegations that he is in support of Uganda's proposed bill to criminalize homosexuality. The proposed bill includes a potential death sentence.

Former Redondo Beach police officer allegedly embezzles over $75,000

Former Redondo Beach police officer Gene Tomatani, who allegedly embezzled over $75,000 from a police officer's association., appeared for arraignment today at the Foltz Criminal Justice Center. His arraignment was postponed to Jan. 8, 2010.

Former daycare owner Ruiz sentenced in child molestation case

Former daycare owner Tito Ruiz, 66, was sentenced to eight years in state prison today after being convicted of molesting two young girls, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.