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

Coming soon: 'Fully conservative' Bible translation

There's a project on Conservapedia (a conservative version of Wikipedia) to create a "fully conservative translation" of the Bible.

Google explains what a browser is

We talked earlier this week about how it's easy to get lost in cool new technology while forgetting the basics.

Loving the Next Thing

Several of us went to San Francisco this weekend for an online journalism conference. We learned a lot and had some great discussions about how the news business is evolving and how to better deliver the news to the public.

Pasadena police chief leaves for Justice Department

Attorney General Eric Holder announced today that Pasadena Police Chief Bernard Melekian will be leaving the Pasadena Police to head up the Community Oriented Police Services Office (the COPS program) at the Justice Department.

LAPD arrests suspect in teen sexual assaults

The Los Angeles Police Department announced the arrest of a sexual assault suspect. Police believe the suspect may be responsible for additional assaults on other teenage victims in addition to the one that led to his arrest.

The term 'artistic integrity,' which I'd heard on NPR

I had the chance to hear author Donald Miller speak in Hollywood last night as part of a book tour promoting his new book, A Million Miles In A Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life.

Steve Martin brings bluegrass tour back to LA

Steve Martin is coming back to Los Angeles as he continues to tour following his recent bluegrass album, The Crow. I had the chance to see him perform when he came through town in May, playing Club Nokia.

Breaking the bubble

It can be easy as a news junkie, particularly working for a news organization, to get stuck inside a bubble where it seems like everyone cares about the same things you do.

'Coming out' coming sooner

The New York Times Magazine has a story in their upcoming issue (already available online) on the increasing trend of gay kids coming out in middle school.

'Lord, Save Us From Your Followers'

We talked last week about the harsh tone in our public discourse recently, ranging from Congressman Joe Wilson yelling "You lie!" at the president to Kanye West interrupting Taylor Swift at the MTV Video Music Awards.

Southern California wildfire grows to 6,000 acres

A wildfire burning near the Southern California city of Moorpark has grown to 6,000 acres as hot and dry Santa Ana winds sweep the region. Read more here, and keep up with the latest on our fire page.

Cloning made possible by the Internet

Well, musically, at least.

Connecticut politics may involve more bodyslams

Linda McMahon, wife of pro wrestling promoter Vince McMahon and CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), officially entered the race for Chris Dodd's U.S. Senate seat from Connecticut.

The Joe Wilson/Kanye West connection

Our political and pop culture worlds converged this week in a rather unique way. During President Obama's address to a joint session of Congress last week on health care, Congressman Joe Wilson of South Carolina yelled "You lie!" after Obama stated that the health care reforms he was proposing wouldn't apply to illegal immigrants.

Post Office unveils new Gary Cooper stamp

The U.S. Postal Service unveiled a new commemorative stamp for actor Gary Cooper, star of films like High Noon and Sergeant York, in a ceremony at the Autry National Center.