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

Rocky Fire: Gov. Brown visits, calls for action on climate change

Gov. Brown visited fire crews fighting the massive Rocky Fire in Northern California on Thursday. Brown talked about climate change and how it relates to the fires.

'Fear The Walking Dead' trailer plays on real Los Angeles fears

In a new trailer, an accelerated fall of L.A. is shown with the power grid going down, fires burning across the city, gunshots being fired and more real-world worries.

Fox News Republican debates FAQ: Everything you need (plus bingo cards!)

The Republican primary is starting to get into full swing with Thursday's two Fox News debates. Get all the details and some bingo cards to help you play along at home.

'Lawn Dude' billboards encourage conservation across SoCal

Anthropomorphized lawn character Lawn Dude has been appearing on SoCal billboards to encourage water conservation, and he'll be sticking around through August.

National Night Out: Events in the greater Los Angeles area

It's an annual night of community events across the U.S. meant to promote partnerships between police and local communities. Here are some highlights from around the Southland.

Long Beach vault explosion: City says power restored to all

Service is being provided either through Edison's network or through the use of temporary generators.

Pro wrestler 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper dead at 61; 7 of his greatest moments

Piper was a major part of the rise of the World Wrestling Federation in the 1980s, particularly at the first Wrestlemania, where he teamed against Hulk Hogan and Mr. T.

Venice Pier lifeguard attack caught on video

A lifeguard was assaulted on the Venice Pier Thursday in an attack captured on cellphone camera by bystanders.

Special Olympics 2015 FAQ: Where, when and how to enjoy the games in LA

The Special Olympics World Games come to L.A. July 25 through Aug. 2. Here are all the details on how you can see this year's Special Olympics and what they're all about.

I-10 collapse: Bridge set to reopen 1 lane each way, reduced speed

The bridge is reopening Friday with just one lane in each direction using what was previously the westbound side of the bridge, due to the eastbound side's collapse.

Unpublished Dr. Seuss story 'What Pet Should I Get?' set to be released

An original manuscript and sketches were found at the late author's home and are set to be published on July 28. Two other posthumous Seuss books are also scheduled.

Southern California lightning puts firefighters, pilots and lifeguards on alert

Lightning forced beaches to close and knocked out power to thousands. A plane was struck at takeoff from LAX. Firefighters are keeping watch in the burn zone.

4.5 million people's personal info at risk in UCLA Health data breach

Suspicious activity was first detected by UCLA Health in Oct. 2014, at which time it began investigating with help from the FBI, it said in a statement.

Comic-Con 2015: 14 movies, TV shows and books to get excited about

Here are some of the highlights and the under-the-radar surprises that blew fans' minds this year, from movies to comics and everything else under the sun.

Comic-Con tries to fight live streaming, but Periscope prevails

Off-Ramp host John Rabe talks with KPCC's Mike Roe about Comic-Con's attempts to keep people from live streaming convention content.