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

Fires near Azusa, Duarte prompt evacuations, outages

Firefighters are battling two brush fires. Some residents have been forced to evacuate, while others were told to prepare for possible evacuation as the fires continued to burn.

Sherpa Fire: Mandatory evacuations for Refugio, Venadito, Las Flores canyons

The Sherpa Fire has spawned mandatory evacuations for Refugio Canyon, Venadito Canyon and Las Flores Canyon due to a brush fire. The evacuations include a refinery.

Here's everything you can see from home from video game mecca E3

It's probably too late to get inside the conference, which begins Sunday, but we have a rundown of the highlights and events you can see online.

Air quality agency to offer ways to stem the stench from Sylmar landfill

The landfill is based in Sylmar, but Granada Hills has borne the brunt of bad smells. Steps to minimize the odors so far haven't worked, so here's what's being tried next.

Harris leads in Senate race as Clinton claims victory and Sanders vows to push on

Beyond the presidential contests, there are important races that Southern California voters had to consider. We're tracking the Senate, House, statehouse races and more here.

A record 18 million voters registered ahead of California primary

According to the final voter registration report released Friday, 17,915,053 people are registered to vote in the primary. That's 72.29 percent of those eligible.

Pala Fire: Get updates on the brush fire burning near Temecula

A wildfire was burning south of Temecula on Tuesday afternoon, Cal Fire's Kendal Bortisser told KPCC.

Sterling Gates brings TV 'Supergirl's' optimistic tone to comics

In a week where Captain America turned out to be a double agent and "Rebirth" caused a major upheaval in DC Comics, there's at least one comic focused squarely on hope: "The Adventures of Supergirl."

Culver City student ties for 7th in National Spelling Bee

Cooper Komatsu, 13, had his first misspelling in the ninth round of the finals. Check back for final results and try your own word power with a sample test.

LA County still has 3 of California's most polluted beaches

Water quality at Southern California Beaches is improving, according to Heal The Bay, with drought helping the water stay clean. Still, SoCal had four of the worst 10 beaches.

Here's how to avoid traffic from NASA fuel tank's LA trip

ET is coming — that is, the ET-94 space shuttle fuel tank, inching its way through Los Angeles and heralded by traffic advisories. We've got your back on where to avoid.

Expo Line extension opens Friday — here's what you should know

Service on the Expo Line light rail extension starts at noon Friday, and whether you’re a seasoned rider or a Metro newbie, we have a rundown of the key things you’ll want to know.

Places to check out along the new Expo Line extension

Do you have your TAP card ready to go? Don't be so quick to rush down to the beach — we have some suggestions for what you should stop and check out at all seven new stops.

LAPD cops do 'Running Man' video, call out LA County Sheriffs

A group of LAPD cops dance across the city as part of the "running man" viral video challenge, after being called out by New Zealand police. Watch here.

Memorial for KPCC Morning Edition host Steve Julian set for May 28

A memorial for KPCC Morning Edition host Steve Julian is scheduled for May 28 at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.