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

'Mad Men': Matthew Weiner talks the show's legacy and his sense of loss

"It's up to me to maintain those relationships, and we can see each other, but we'll never be forced to go to work together every day like that, and that was amazing."

What do Ned Flanders and Mr. Burns think of Harry Shearer leaving 'The Simpsons'?

After 26 seasons of voicing dozens of characters on “The Simpsons,” Harry Shearer is leaving the show.

'Wayward Pines' showrunner: Like 'Lost' with answers and airtight logic

"There's never going to be, 'Ohhhh, there's a plot hole there, I could drive a truck through that thing.' It is absolutely airtight."

Upfronts: Colbert selfies, Supergirl rules and Miley Cyrus in pasties

Stephen Colbert wowed crowds, "Supergirl" looks great, people don't know what NBC is thinking with its Dolly Parton movie series and Miley Cyrus played Johnny Cash in pasties.

David Letterman's last shows: Tom Hanks, Bill Murray and... Eddie Vedder

Bill Murray appeared on both the first episode of Letterman's "Late Night" on NBC in 1982 and the first "Late Show" in 1993. This is appearance 44.

Upfronts: NBC courts Latinos, Spanish-language TV courts millennials

The networks are going hard after Latinos; here's your break down of efforts from Eva Longoria, Jennifer Lopez, Simon Cowell and others.

Marc Maron talks resentment and how everything could go wrong

"There's still part of me that's like, 'Why am I not Kanye?' I don't understand why I don't have that notoriety and that popularity."

Upfronts: 7 hot new shows from ABC, NBC and Fox

From old franchises like "The Muppets" (now updated to include marijuana jokes) to... a bunch of shows trying to copy other shows or using nostalgia.

'Late Late Show' bandleader Reggie Watts brings improv, chaos to 'crisp' late show model

"Part of the reason why I left 'Comedy Bang Bang,' was the hours. It was like 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and it was just crazy."

LACMA director Michael Govan on the museum's past, present and future

The L.A. County Museum of Art is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The top item on the to-do list: raise $475 million dollars to remake the campus.

Tabitha Soren tells America's story through baseball photos

The former MTV news anchor is now an accomplished photographer with a long-in-the-making exhibit about the dreams of young baseball players.

'The D Train' delivers a big twist in a movie that almost didn't happen

The Jack Black/James Marsden movie almost fell apart at the last minute, but "The D Train" — and its big twist — became a Sundance sensation. We talked to the co-writer/directors.

Best Coast breaks out of their box with 'California Nights'

The band says their music is obviously California-influenced, because that's who they are — but they don't want to just be what people say they should be.

Marvel CEO on female superhero failures as Black Widow remains movieless

Marvel has yet to give Scarlett Johansson a "Black Widow" movie — she poked fun at this on this week's "SNL" — and now a leaked email shows Marvel's CEO shooting down female superheroes.

NBC's 'Revolution' gets a conclusion — in comic book form

While fans calling for the powers-that-be to #RelocateRevolution to another network or streaming service, they're half getting their wish — a definitive end to the story.