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

Urban Flood Advisory issued for downtown LA, Burbank, Glendale

Heavy showers have been producing rain between 0.25 and 0.5 inches. Flooding has already hit the Boyle Heights area.

101 Freeway reopened following police activity near Universal Studios

Both directions of the 101 Freeway were reopened after being shut down earlier due to a man threatening to commit suicide by jumping off an overpass, with the man being taken into custody.

12 songs that landed Kool & The Gang a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Kool & The Gang has 12 top 10 singles, including hits like "Jungle Boogie," "Get Down On It" and "Celebration." Find out more about the story of their career told by these songs.

Heavy rain, possible flooding as thunderstorm moves into Burbank

A quick-developing thunderstorm was heading toward Burbank this afternoon, according to the National Weather Service, with a brief heavy rain expected and possible flooding.

#PodcastDay: The podcasts that have the KPCC staff glued to their earbuds

Let's celebrate the shows that make us listen harder. We've put together a list of some of our favorite podcasts here at KPCC, but we'd love for you to tell us your favorites too.

Bill allowing for hit-and-run alerts signed into California law

A bill allowing the Amber Alert system to be used for alerts about suspected hit-and-runs has been signed into law. Assemblyman Mike Gatto explains why he thinks it's important.

Spider-Gwen: What if Emma Stone led a Spider-spinoff

What if Spider-Man's love interest, Gwen Stacy, had been bit by a radioactive spider instead of mild-mannered Peter Parker? A new Spider-Woman trailer speculates...

Stabbings outside Glendale courthouse leave 1 dead, 1 wounded

A man in his 40s was stabbed and killed around 2 a.m. outside the Glendale courthouse. A possible fight led to the stabbing. A man in his 30s was also stabbed.

Disneyland opens Star Wars attractions Nov. 16, closes others in January

Disneyland announced attractions focused on Star Wars beginning Nov. 16, but to clear room for the upcoming Star Wars Land, other attractions will close — some temporarily and some permanently.

A look back at the universe of alternate 'Happy Birthday' songs

A court decision Tuesday put the classic "Happy Birthday to You" in the public domain. We thought we'd round up some of the most clever songs created, in part, to avoid paying royalties.

Kayaker faces hammerhead shark who doesn't want to be friends

The latest in a string of viral videos featuring aggressive hammerhead sharks near Southern California beaches surfaced Monday.

Emmys 2015: Everything you need to know for this year's show

It's our annual chance to celebrate the medium that takes up most people's free time, the Primetime Emmy Awards. Here's everything you need to know.

Inglewood Unified School District gets new state administrator

Inglewood Unified has been under state control since October 2012, when the district requested emergency loans to help meet its financial obligations.

CNN Republican debate FAQ: Everything you need to know

A lot has changed in the month since the first GOP presidential debate — perhaps most notably the number of rivals willing to attack Donald Trump. Tonight's debate will be at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley.

LADWP power usage hits 2015 high — here's how to save power, stay cool

The peak usage was Tuesday afternoon at 4:10 p.m., with Angelenos dealing with what the DWP calls "extreme temperatures" this week.