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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.
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Officials say deputies saw a handgun tucked into the teen's waistband. A foot chase ensued, and when he turned back toward them, they fired. No weapon has been recovered.
Following the catastrophic mudslide from earlier this month, most county roads and major utilities will be back in service by Jan. 31 — not including the areas of Montecito impacted by the flood and debris flow.
The two Riverside County parents accused of abusing their 13 children, ages 2 to 29, were also home schooling them. Here's how home schooling is — or isn't — regulated here.
There were also at least 25 injured, with thousands still under evacuation orders. At least 50 had to be rescued by helicopters.
There were also at least 25 injured, with thousands still under evacuation orders. In Burbank, the storm overflowed a storm basin Tuesday afternoon, sending mud flowing through.
With the first major storm of the season heading for Southern California, residents in the burn areas for recent major fires are preparing for potential mudslides.
The Rams have their first playoff game in a decade on Saturday — their first in Southern California since 1986 — and L.A. celebrated Friday night with blue and white lights.
Get ready, Beyhive. The queen bee will headline the second night of the mega music festival, after pulling out of last year's extravaganza.
Social media lit up with posts about a mysterious object flying through the skies above L.A. Was it a UFO? A chemtrail? Superman?
As of Friday evening, the Thomas Fire has burned 273,400 acres, making it the largest fire in California history. The Thomas Fire took its spot on top as a gentle giant, not a raging beast, as the fire has slowed.
Riverside firefighters have stopped forward progress of a wind-driven brush fire near the city's downtown that erupted around 11:15 a.m. on the perimeter of a Boy Scout camp near the Santa Ana River. It burned 50 acres.
The fire has raged for 11 days in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, destroying at least 700 homes, forcing thousands to evacuate and killing a firefighter.
You're going to see "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"! Great! Here's your checklist to make sure you have the best time possible at a theater near you.
Red Flag warnings for fire danger due to Santa Ana winds and a critical lack of moisture were extended through the week instead of expiring Monday afternoon as was initially forecast.
The fire has destroyed 869 buildings, according to the latest totals. There are 18,000 structures that remain under threat.