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

How Molly got on 'The Bachelor' — but only in funny videos she makes herself

There's one "The Bachelor" contestant who you can see online, but you may not recognize from the actual show. That's because she's making these videos that look like they fit right in herself.

Porter Ranch: Residents will get more time to move home after leak ends

Porter Ranch residents staying in hotels will now get up to eight days and seven nights to move out and back home. SoCal Gas is also set to pay other costs.

Division 13: Metro's new environmentally friendly bus facility

It took three years to build as part of a $120 million project. When construction began in 2012, Metro estimated it would take two years to build, but it didn't make its summer 2014 date.

Setting a wheelchair painting world record at Abilities Expo

"Think of somebody doing a freestyle gymnastics or ice routine, but in a wheelchair, with paint on the wheels of the wheelchair and on the roller, leaving marks."

2 teens charged with murder of 2 young women at Montecito Heights park

The teens who have been charged are suspected of being gang members, according to the DA's office, and the murders were allegedly gang-related.

Winter storm leaves thousands without power, shuts 5 Freeway

Sunday's storm dumped up to three inches of rain on some parts of Los Angeles. Thousands were still without power around Southern California.

OC Jail escape: 1 inmate turns himself in; escapees were in San Jose

The other two escapees remain on the loose and were with Bac Duong in the San Jose area as of Thursday, before he headed back south and turned himself in without them.

Chargers will be staying in San Diego for the 2016 season

The Chargers are staying in San Diego for the 2016 season, according to a statement from the team's chairman. He also said he's hoping they stay in San Diego — in a new stadium.

Anaheim police have secretly been using cell phone surveillance devices

The technology was made available to other Orange County police departments outside Anaheim as well, according to the ACLU of Northern California.

5 arrests made as deputies hunt 3 inmates who escaped OC jail

Orange County Sheriff Hutchens said the department expects to make additional arrests on Thursday.

Orange County Sheriff's deputy loses his AR-15 rifle

The deputy had set his rifle, inside of its case, on his trunk before getting distracted and driving off without remembering to put it inside the vehicle.

Gov. Brown supports initiative to ease parole guidelines

The initiative could make nonviolent felons eligible for parole sooner and allow the prison system to give credit to prisoners for good behavior, rehabilitation and education.

Wait For It: 'Hamilton' comes to the Pantages — in a year-and-a-half

"Hamilton" has already grossed more than $44 million at the Rodgers, with close to 300,000 in attendance so far. Here are the details on when it's coming, how to get tickets and more.

Abe Vigoda, actor who outlived several erroneous obits, dies at 94

Vigoda, who played the over-the-hill detective Phil Fish in "Barney Miller" and a doomed Mafia soldier in "The Godfather," died Tuesday at age 94, years after erroneous reports of his death.

East Coast blizzard forces flight cancellations at LAX

There were 156 flights affected either into or out of LAX. That includes 86 flights that were delayed and 80 that were cancelled.