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

Creek Fire: 70 percent contained, all evacuations have been lifted

The Creek Fire, which started early Tuesday morning in the Sylmar area, is now at 15,619 acres. Most nearby roads have been reopened.

Liberty Fire burns 300 acres in Murrieta, with 5 percent containment

A fire quickly jumped from 20 acres burned into the hundreds in the unincorporated Riverside County area of Murrieta on Thursday afternoon. The vegetation fire was burning at a "moderate to rapid rate," according to Cal Fire Riverside.

How you can help Southern California wildfire victims

Thousands of people have been displaced as several wildfires have scorched Southern California this week. Here's a list of resources on how to help them.

Thomas Fire burns 50,500 acres, forcing tens of thousands to evacuate

The Thomas Fire broke out Monday near Santa Paula has grown wildly to almost 80 square miles, burning more than 150 structures. About 38,000 people have been evacuated.

Video shows Anaheim police using headlock, Taser on suspect who later died

Taken from bodyworn and surveillance cameras, they show officers Woojin Jun and Daniel Wolfe trying to arrest Fermin Valenzuela, 32, on July 2, 2016. It was in response to a 911 call saying that the suspect had followed a woman home.

Heat hacks: How to stay cool without air conditioning

A heat wave is hitting on Southern California. Find a cooling center near you and get tips for the air-conditionally challenged.

Fire danger alert issued for Los Angeles

Due to the high temperatures and dry weather, the L.A. Fire Department declared a citwyide Red Flag Alert starting Tuesday morning. It's the first such alert in the city since May 2014.

Missing Joshua Tree hikers died in apparent murder-suicide

Joseph Orbeso shot his girlfriend Rachel Nguyen before shooting himself, detectives believe, based on gunshot wounds and evidence located at the scene.

Firefighters reach 25 percent containment on Mount Wilson fire

The blaze was initially estimated at around 5 acres, but it steadily expanded as flames chewed through dry brush, reaching 50 acres.

Canyon Fire 2: All remaining evacuations, road closures lifted

The fire has burned through 8,000 acres in Orange County, destroying 15 structures and damaging 12 more, according to the latest information from incident command.

Las Vegas shooting: Riverside County reaching out to those directly affected

Mental health community meetings are being offered in Riverside County on Wednesday evening in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting.

Canyon Fire 2: Most evacuations lifted, though fire continues to burn

Most of the evacuations in Anaheim and the surrounding area have been lifted. Anaheim, Orange and Tustin residents were allowed to return to evacuated homes this evening, according to Anaheim Fire and Rescue.

6,000-acre brush fire burns at least 24 homes

A brush fire that started Monday morning near Coal Canyon and the 91 Freeway quickly scorched thousands of acres, fueled by winds. Mandatory evacuation orders have been issued.

California becomes 'sanctuary state' as Gov. Brown signs bill

The law places sharp limits on how state and local law enforcement agencies can comply with federal immigration authorities. That puts California in conflict with President Trump.

Southern California victims of the Las Vegas shooting

The local victims include a Simi Valley school office manager, a Manhattan Beach special education teacher and a Manhattan Beach civilian police employee.