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

LA County coroner's office underfunded, understaffed, report says

A civil grand jury report released Thursday says that problems at the Los Angeles County coroner's office are due to underfunding.

$177 million for Exide cleanup signed into law

Legislation was signed by Gov. Brown to direct $176.6 million to help expedite and expand both testing and cleanup around the former Exide battery plant in Vernon.

LA Police Commission rules unarmed man's shooting within policy

The L.A. Police Commission ruled Tuesday that the shooting of an unarmed man on June 19 of last year was within the LAPD's policy. The vote was 4-0.

Vigil at LA City Hall following attack on Armenians in Azerbaijan

Elected officials and Armenian-American community leaders were set to hold a candlelight vigil Tuesday night following a recent attack on Armenians in Azerbaijan.

Pasadena police shoot suspect following traffic stop

A traffic stop near Los Robles Avenue and Buckeye Street led to a chase on foot. Police shot the suspect, who was then transported to a local hospital.

Uber settles for $10 million over background check statements

Uber agreed to a $25 million settlement over allegedly misleading the public about background checks of its drivers, though it admitted no wrongdoing.

President Obama in LA — Here are the areas to avoid

Traffic tie-ups should be less than previous visits as Obama's set to land after rush hour Thursday and depart mid-day Friday, but there may still be traffic — find out where to avoid here.

All the April Fools' jokes you might've fallen for

Are Dodger Dogs going to be rationed? Did a Gmail extension prevent email from being received? On this day of pranks and hoaxes, we separate fact from fake news.

Get ready to shell out for Rams season tickets

They'll cost from $360 to $2,025 — but they're only available to the 56,000 fans who have already put down deposits.

UC Irvine announces e-sports program including a gaming 'arena'

Colleges build new sports arenas regularly, but it's a lot less common to see video gaming arenas. UC Irvine is creating one as part of an e-sports program this fall.

Disney's D23 Expo's new dates put it back-to-back with Comic-Con

The biggest impact fans may feel: more Marvel and Star Wars news at D23 Expo, and less of it at Comic-Con. This comes while L.A. tries to get Comic-Con to move north.

LA's broken sidewalks to get fixed — over the next 30 years

The plan was unanimously approved by the L.A. City Council. It calls for the city to spend about $30 million a year over the next three decades to make initial repairs.

Southbound I-710 will close all but 1 lane this weekend

The a 55-hour closure of all except for the far left lane between the 10 Freeway and State Route 60 starts Friday night at 10 p.m., with plans to reopen Monday morning.

Can California's high-speed rail system sustain itself?

The California state legislature's non-partisan budget analyst released a report Thursday citing two potential problems with the project's funding.

Feds file antitrust suit against Tribune buying OC Register

Tribune, the L.A. Times' parent company, has agreed to pay $56 million. The Justice Department followed this with an antitrust lawsuit, saying it would be a monopoly.