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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
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, the charismatic professional wrestler who appeared in several Cyndi Lauper music videos, including "Girls Just Want To Have Fun," has died. He was 76.
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.
There's a project on Conservapedia (a conservative version of Wikipedia) to create a "fully conservative translation" of the Bible.
We talked earlier this week about how it's easy to get lost in cool new technology while forgetting the basics.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Well, musically, at least.