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

Man shot, wounded by Santa Ana police in Civic Center

A man is in critical condition following surgery after he was shot by Santa Ana officers working the beat around Orange County's Civic Center.

Underwater video game 'Abzû' aims for the dream of perfect scuba diving

Video game "Abzû" wants to take you on an emotional journey into an underwater world. It's the first game to come from Santa Monica's Giant Squid Studios.

'Samurai Jack's' creator brings Jack swinging his animated sword back

Creator Genndy Tartakovsky tells us how he's never been able to escape the character, but he's excited to bring Jack back for a grand finale.

Tensions at Democratic convention still high with some Sanders supporters

One Sanders supporter described incidents including food allegedly being thrown at another Sanders backer, as well as another allegedly being pushed down stairs.

Comic-Con 2016: What's filling the gap as movie studios turn away

There aren't as many big movie panels at Comic-Con this year as fans are used to seeing, but there are still plenty of surprises.

Brush fire burns 18 acres near 101 Freeway

A fire burning near the 101 Freeway and the Cahuenga Boulevard exit appeared to be largely under control, but firefighters were still fighting it late Tuesday afternoon.

Artists Assemble showcases comic book art created by Latinos

Comic books have increasingly diverse characters, but mainstream creators remain predominantly white. The Museum of Latin American Art is giving Latino creators the spotlight.

France attack: SoCal UC Berkeley student still missing

UC Berkeley student Nicolas Leslie, 20, is known to have been at the Bastille Day celebration and is still unaccounted for. Leslie is from Southern California.

Witness: 'Just mad chaos' in Nice after Bastille Day attack

People fled into the streets after a truck drove into a crowd celebrating the holiday on the city's promenade Thursday evening.

Bill passes allowing Los Angeles to transfer Ontario airport

A bill passed by the Senate on Wednesday includes a provision allowing the transfer San Bernardino County's Ontario airport out of Los Angeles's control to Ontario's.

Dallas attacks represent 'schism' in America, LAPD chief says

Police officers across Southern California are wearing black bands across their badges to mourn the deaths of five of their colleagues in Dallas.

5 dogs killed, 5 people injured in Palmdale brush fire

The people who were injured were attempting to extinguish the fire and save dogs from the rescue facility, Fire Capt. Keith Mora told KPCC.

Erskine Fire: Residents start to return home, many still without power

People affected by the Erskine Fire are returning home now — or at least trying to, as more than 200 structures, including many homes, were destroyed.

San Gabriel Complex: Firefighters try making progress before fire weather

Firefighters were able to use more of their resources building containment line and fighting the fire directly rather than focusing on protecting homes on Thursday.

Air quality reaches unhealthy levels after fires blanket SoCal

The warning level on AQMD's air quality index is red. That means it's unhealthy for everyone — not just people with respiratory problems.