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 Sheriff's Dept. believes someone stole gun after fatal shooting of 16-year-old

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.

Roads impacted by Montecito mudslide set to reopen by end of January

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.

How home schooling works in California

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.

Victim search expands as mudslides kill 17

There were also at least 25 injured, with thousands still under evacuation orders. At least 50 had to be rescued by helicopters.

SoCal storm triggers mudslides, killing at least 15 and destroying homes

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.

Rain prompts evacuations for Southern California burn areas

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.

LA lights up blue and white to celebrate the Rams in the playoffs

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.

Your 2018 Coachella headliners: Beyoncé, The Weeknd, Eminem

Get ready, Beyhive. The queen bee will headline the second night of the mega music festival, after pulling out of last year's extravaganza.

What's that flying over Los Angeles? A SpaceX rocket

Social media lit up with posts about a mysterious object flying through the skies above L.A. Was it a UFO? A chemtrail? Superman?

Thomas Fire becomes the largest fire in California history

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.

Some evacuations lifted as firefighters stop Riverside fire's progress

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.

Thomas Fire grows to more than 400 square miles

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.

How to make the most out of your ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ watching experience

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.

SoCal's Thomas Fire now 25 percent contained, but continues to threaten homes

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.

Thomas Fire containment hits 20 percent as acres burned hit 231,700

The fire has destroyed 869 buildings, according to the latest totals. There are 18,000 structures that remain under threat.