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 at several local comedy theaters. 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

Warning: Don't click on this email or hackers could take control

Microsoft released an emergency security alert noting a vulnerability in Microsoft Word that would allow hackers to take over users' computers. Their way in: RTF files.

KPCC's 2014 Public Radio Bracket Madness Round 3! Vote here

It's time for Round 3 of KPCC's bracket madness. The winners of each of these matches win their conferences. Read about the match won by less than 100 votes and vote here!

Pharrell parody video gets 'Happy' over LA's broken sidewalks

The parody video conveniently arrives as the city considers a tax hike to repair some neighborhoods' cement obstacle courses. Even the mayor is tweeting the video.

Los Angeles County unemployment rate ticks down to 8.9 percent

Los Angeles County's unemployment rate ticked down from 9 percent in January to 8.9 percent in February, with a seasonally adjusted rate going from 8.9 to 8.7 percent.

Obama praises Cesar Chavez, cracks jokes at biopic screening

Obama spoke at a White House screening of the film "Cesar Chavez: An American Hero" before having to leave early, promising to watch the movie this weekend on DVD.

KPCC's 2014 Public Radio Bracket Madness Round 2! Vote here

It's time for Round 2 with the top 16 shows. One of the first round matchups came down to a single vote; find out all the details and vote for the next round.

KPCC's 2014 Public Radio Bracket Madness is live! Vote here

Last year, "This American Life" took home the trophy, but it's another year, which means it's a new chance for you to pick your favorite public radio shows.

'Veronica Mars,' 'This American Life' take over KPCC studios

The "Veronica Mars" movie opened in limited release Friday, and it features a very special guest star: The KPCC studios, doubling for the home base of "This American Life."

Woman's body found at Anaheim recycling plant identified

The body of a woman whose body was found at an Orange County recycling plant has been identified by Anaheim police as Jarrae Nikole Estepp.

Calumet Photo announces immediate closing after 75 years

Calumet Photo announced Thursday that it was suddenly shutting its doors after 75 years. Calumet is filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, citing up to $50 million in debt.

Marathon Crash: Race off, but slower-paced ride officially on

Don Ward says the race that had been canceled is back on — sort of. Instead of a race, it's set to be a "fun ride" at a slower pace. And with a police escort.

SoCal man denies Newsweek report that he created Bitcoin

In an interview with the AP, Dorian S. Nakamoto, 64, said he had never heard of Bitcoin until his son told him he had been contacted by a reporter three weeks ago.

Funny or Die admits hoverboard prank in new video

Funny or Die admitted that they were behind the hoax in a new video. The larger purpose behind that HUVr Tech hoverboard video prank: Facebook comments.

Who's behind the 'Back to the Future' hoverboard video?

The latest to seize on hoverboard dream is HUVr Tech, but the "Back to the Future 2" devices appear to remain imaginary for a wide variety of reasons.

$10 million in gold coins could be from San Francisco Mint theft

New information lends credence to the theory that the coins come from an inside-job heist from the San Francisco Mint over 100 years ago.