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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.
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“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” the second of three Hobbit films being produced by Peter Jackson, hits theaters Friday, and it features a brand new villain: Smaug.
The former Bell city administrator agreed to plead guilty to two felony charges of illegally avoiding paying federal income taxes. He has already pleaded no contest to state charges.
The new trailer shows the latest take on the character, both classic and updated with modern computer graphics looking to bring the epic monster to life once more.
Rebecca Black just released a new song, "Saturday." Before you cover your ears in fear, I promise, it's better than the SoCal native's viral-because-it's-so-bad "Friday."
Four people died in a car crash early Saturday morning in San Clemente. Both alcohol and speed were factors in the crash according to a preliminary investigation.
Gal Gadot of the "Fast & Furious" franchise will play Wonder Woman in the upcoming Superman/Batman movie. Gadot, 28, hails from Israel.
On the same day actor Paul Walker's autopsy results were released, the team behind the "Fast & Furious" franchise paid tribute to Walker with a new video.
Actor Paul Walker, star of the "The Fast and the Furious" franchise, died in a violent car accident Saturday. The driver was a friend and fellow racing enthusiast.
Paul Crouch, founder of Christian cable station the Trinity Broadcasting Network, died Saturday, according to TBN's website. He was 79 years old.
UFC fighter Shane del Rosario suffered a heart attack Tuesday and is near death at a Southern California hospital.
Former Marine and Iraq War veteran Itzcoatl Ocampo, who allegedly stabbed four Orange County homeless men to death, died in jail
“Mystery Science Theater 3000” (MST3K for the hardcores), home of a man and his robot companions mocking B-movies, is back for an online marathon. Watch it here.
The gunman who allegedly shot an Inglewood police officer and holed up with two hostages was taken into custody Wednesday evening after a standoff.
L.A. comedian Jay Leggett died Saturday at 50 years old. Local comedy theater iO West is holding a memorial for him Monday on their main stage.
Her work focused on racism, as well as life below the poverty line in Los Angeles, California and throughout the southwest. She was born and raised in Watts.