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

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.

Today's Station Fire map

From KPCC's Susan Valot:

State Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner speaks with Patt Morrison

State insurance commissioner Steve Poizner spoke with KPCC's Patt Morrison to warn of insurance scams in the wake of the recent wildfires. He explained that insurance scam artists wait for situations that put people in distress and prey on these people in the aftermath of disaster.

$108 million spent on firefighting so far this fiscal year

California finance department spokesman HD Palmer told KPCC's Larry Mantle that there's enough money in the budget to cover the $108 million spent on emergency firefighting costs so far this fiscal year.

Conan O'Brien jokes about Station Fire, KPCC's transmitter

During his Tonight Show monologue Tuesday night, Conan O'Brien poked fun at the Station Fire threatening KPCC's transmitter. Listen here:

Counseling available for those affected by Station Fire

The L.A. County Department of Mental Health will help those affected by the Station Fire with six free clinics. A representative explained that they will be guided on how to get back on their feet and talk to their children about what happened.

Station Fire grows to 140,000 acres

The Station Fire has grown to over 140,000 acres. A U.S. Forest Service incident commander told KPCC's Steve Julian that he was worried about the areas above Pasadena, Arcadia, and Sierra Madre.

Today's updates from KPCC's AirTalk and Patt Morrison

Be sure to check out fire updates from today's KPCC talk shows:

Glendale schools closed again tomorrow

All Glendale schools will be closed again tomorrow. Glendale Unified officials hope to reopen schools on Thursday.

Weather cooperating with efforts to fight Station Fire

Incident commander Mike Dietrich with the U.S. Forest Service said the higher humidity and slightly lower temperatures helped fire crews get a handle on the Station Fire last night.

Acton community meeting tonight

Community Meeting in Acton

Wildlife Way Station receives abundance of volunteers

After spokesperson Jerry Brown solicited volunteers on KPCC's Patt Morrison, the Wildlife Way Station was inundated by callers offering flatbed trucks to assist with animal evacuations.

Secret Service's LA field office communications damaged

The U.S. Secret Service released news that their L.A. field office's communications site at Mt. Disappointment was severely damaged, with equipment lost. Excerpt from their official statement: