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

Eydie Gorme, popular easy listening singer, dies at 84 (videos)

The popular nightclub and TV singer Eydie Gorme has died. Gorme was known both as a solo act and for “Steve and Eydie,” teaming with her husband Steve Lawrence.

Amber Alert: DiMaggio, Anderson apparently spotted in Idaho (updated)

Authorities announced Friday that kidnapping suspect James DiMaggio and missing 16-year-old Hannah Anderson were apparently spotted by hikers in the Idaho wilderness.

Silver Fire: Evacuations ordered for 5,000-acre wildfire (map)

Firefighters were battling the quickly growing "Silver Fire" between Banning and Idyllwild Wednesday afternoon, which has burned 5,000 acres so far.

Historic Monrovia wishing well smashed in late night collision

The San Gabriel Valley city of Monrovia received some damage to a historic landmark Tuesday, as its stone wishing well was smashed in a late night collision.

VIDEO: How to dress like a Los Angeles stereotype

In the first episode of Web series "WHAT THE F*SHION?" comedian Casey Jane Ellison parodies Los Angeles fashion, and the fashion or L.A. celebs.

Michael Ansara, Star Trek's Klingon 'Kang,' dies at 91 (video)

Michael Ansara played the warrior Kang on the original “Trek” and was also a staple of TV and films. He was 91.

Mars Curiosity: For Monday's 1st anniversary, a video of the year in 2 minutes

NASA's Charles Bolden said Curiosity’s achievements “advance us toward further exploration, including sending humans to an asteroid and Mars.”

Pasadena home owner faces charges following fire that killed 2 men

Prosecutors have filed more than 100 counts against the owner of a Pasadena house where two men died in an explosion and arson fire last November.

Ellen DeGeneres to host the 2014 Oscars (video)

Ellen DeGeneres and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Friday morning that DeGeneres will be hosting the next Academy Awards ceremony.

Buffett plays Willy Wonka, auctioning See's Candy Factory tour

A prominent business owner is auctioning an all-you-can-eat tour through a gigantic chocolate factory. No, Willy Wonka isn’t real — it’s billionaire Warren Buffett.

Comic-Con 2013: Marvel fights back against 'Superman vs. Batman'

Marvel and DC both came out at Comic-Con 2013 fighting, with Marvel hoping to continue its moment and DC trying to build on the success of “Man of Steel."

Comic-Con 2013: 'Agents of SHIELD' premieres and Agent Coulson lives

Marvel presented the new "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." at Comic-Con, surprising fans by playing the entire pilot of the latest show from the mind of Joss Whedon.

Comic-Con 2013: Ender's Game controversy, X-Files reunion and more (photos)

Comic-Con 2013 is already making headlines, with only one full day in the books. Here's a look at highlights from what Comic-Con has offered up thus far.

San Diego Comic-Con 2013 Preview: 11 buzzworthy events (video)

San Diego Comic-Con, the annual gathering of pop culture fans, media and stars, starts Wednesday night and runs through Sunday. What should you be excited about?

US government recognizes 'League of Legends' video game as a sport

Riot Games worked with the United States government and has managed to get the competitors who play Riot’s “League of Legends” recognized as pro athletes.