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

Former LA City Councilman Alarcon's conviction reversed over jury instruction

"It's a hard issue, I think even for lawyers. It's like a law school exam question," one of the Alarcons' lawyers, Amy Jacks, told KPCC.

101 Freeway near downtown LA to close for bridge demolition

Part of the 101 Freeway is going to be closing for 40 hours to allow for the demolition of part of the Sixth Street Viaduct, starting Friday at 10 p.m.

Coyote sightings cause concern in Culver City

The Culver City Police Department is holding a community workshop Thursday night in the wake of concerns from the public over coyotes in the area.

Oscars 2016: Predicting the winners

Who will take home the coveted Oscars for best picture, director, actor and actress and supporting actor and actress at the 2016 Academy Awards?

Watch Motörhead lead singer Lemmy's memorial service live

Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister passed away last month, but fans have another chance to celebrate his life with his memorial service.

El Niño brings record rainfall, shuts down lanes on 5, 101 freeways

Flash flood warnings were in effect for Los Angeles and Ventura counties and heavy rains were forecast for Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

Porter Ranch gas leak: Gov. Brown declares the leak an emergency

Brown declared a state of emergency over the natural gas leak that has driven thousands from their homes in the Porter Ranch neighborhood over the past two months.

San Bernardino shooting: Authorities try to fill in shooters' missing 18 minutes

L.A. FBI official David Bowdich said investigators are specifically seeking information about an 18-minute gap between the deadly attack and the shootout in which both attackers were killed.

KPCC's top 10 most popular stories of 2015

In another year of covering Southern California, KPCC's journalists have reported on everything from minimum wage to Maroon 5. Here are 2015's top 10 most popular stories.

Will Palos Verdes Estates' police crack down on surfers' violent localism?

Palos Verdes Estates' police chief says he wants to make an arrest of one of the members of notorious group. An attorney representing several victims says talk is cheap.

Politwoops, which saved politicians' deleted tweets, is coming back

Politwoops had their access pulled by Twitter. Now, Twitter is reversing course, restoring the chance to see what politicians don't want you to see.

Star Wars for Newbies: What's the deal and why do fans care?

Are you among those who aren't fully versed in the Star Wars mythology? Here's a quick lesson in the key characters and why they resonate so deeply with audiences.

LAUSD schools to reopen after threat prompted closures

All Los Angeles Unified schools are scheduled to reopen Wednesday following a district-wide closure prompted by a threat of violence.

Update: Man, 23, arrested in connection with Coachella mosque fire

Palm Desert man is booked on five felony charges — including commission of a hate crime and arson — related to Friday's alleged arson fire at Islamic center.

ArcLight Cinemas: Leave your lightsaber at home for 'Star Wars'

ArcLight Cinemas sent out an email about the theater's safety policies, noting items that won't be allowed including masks, face paint and, most likely, lightsabers.