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

Nostalgia for the obsolete

The new book Obsolete by Anna Jane Grossman takes a look at things going obsolete within our lifetimes. The book includes 100 essays on fading subjects, such as mix tapes, camera film, and writing letters.

South Korean man pleads guilty to manslaughter in OC DUI crash

A South Korean man pleaded guilty today to manslaughter for a 2005 freeway crash while under the influence of alcohol, killing a motorcyclist. He had allegedly fled the scene of the crime for South Korea, before being extradited back to the United States.

Woman falls asleep at wheel while on meth, gets 6 years for vehicular manslaughter

A Fullerton mother was sentenced to six years in state prison for vehicular manslaughter after her toddler and boyfriend were killed in a high-speed crash when she fell asleep behind the wheel. She was allegedly under the influence of methamphetamine.

Bratton versus Colbert

Former LAPD chief Bill Bratton is about to face an even more probing audience than he's found in Los Angeles. No, I'm not talking about his new New York City security consultant job, I'm talking about Bratton going toe-to-toe with America's top pundit, Stephen Colbert.

Charlie Beck named as next LAPD chief

A longtime "true-blue" officer raised in a family of cops and who was a Rampart reformer was named the new chief of the Los Angeles Police Department. Charlie Beck will be Los Angeles' next police chief, the mayor announced at an 11 a.m. news conference.

LA apartment owner to pay $2.7M in discrimination settlement

Los Angeles apartment owner Donald T. Sterling has agreed to pay $2.725 million to settle allegations that he discriminated against African-Americans, Hispanics, and families with children when renting apartments. The Justice Department says it's the largest monetary payment ever obtained by the department in the settlement of a case alleging housing discrimination in the renting of apartments.

Defining the 2000s

I was talking with a friend the other night about the way our culture seems to be becoming more homogeneous. We talked about the distinctive, definable styles of the '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, into the early '90s, but found our ability to pin down what has defined style since becoming fuzzier.

Hiking: Griffith Park and Taylor Mitchell

So, I'm going hiking tonight in Griffith Park for a special pre-Halloween hike. As my hiking group's Web site describes it, "Bring glow sticks, bracelets, headbands, or whatever other glowing or blinking accessories you can get your hands on and we'll scare and glow our way around the trails and then through the dark and eerie ruins of the old zoo.

Beck, Moore, and McDonnell are finalists for LAPD chief

Veteran LAPD officers Charlie Beck, Michel Moore, and Jim McDonnell were named this evening as finalists to replace outgoing Chief William Bratton.

Why seeing U2 live is for suckers

I'm one of the 96,000+ descending upon Pasadena's Rose Bowl this weekend to see U2 in a sold out concert (or at least the small dots that I will assume are U2 from my seat). However, while you can't beat the energy of a live crowd, the best view may be had by all the people not at the show.

LAPD makes art of theft

Greg.org recently pointed out the way that the LAPD's gallery of stolen pieces of art was, in its own way, art all of its own.

LAPD Memorial Wall unveiled

The new LAPD Memorial Wall was unveiled and dedicated Wednesday night. The wall has the names of 202 officers inscribed on brass plates and weighs 11,000 pounds.

Remembering pro wrestling manager Captain Lou Albano

Pro wrestling manager Captain Lou Albano died this morning. There've been some untimely deaths in the wrestling industry, but Albano lived a rather full life, dying at age 76.

Captain Lou Albano, pro wrestling manager, dies

Captain Lou Albano, the charismatic professional wrestler who appeared in several Cyndi Lauper music videos, including "Girls Just Want To Have Fun," has died. He was 76.

Fire at LAX causes power outage

A fire on the west side of Los Angeles International Airport this morning caused a power outage. According to a press release, airport and most terminal operations were unaffected by the outage.