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

Santa Monica shooting: 4 victims and 1 suspect dead, gunman acted alone (updated)

Police said Friday night four people died in a shooting rampage that started at a small home in Santa Monica and spilled onto the campus of Santa Monica College, where police exchanged gunfire with the suspected gunman, who died in the library. Earlier they said six were dead.

San Onofre nuclear plant closing; will store fuel onsite (timeline, photos)

Southern California Edison will shut down the troubled San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, which will cost hundreds of jobs and result in spent nuclear fuel that would be stored "for a very long time."

Covina teacher charged with distributing child porn (updated)

A Covina middle school teacher is facing federal charges after allegedly meeting an undercover agent in his classroom so they could look at child pornography.

Photos: LAPD holds live counter-terrorism drill in downtown LA

The LAPD held a demonstration Thursday morning in downtown L.A. of what it would do in the event of an atttack by terrorists with a weapon of mass destruction.

'Bathing Beauty' Esther Williams dies; see video of her underwater moments

“Bathing Beauty” Esther Williams, the Inglewood-born swimming champion who took her swim moves to film in 1940s and ’50s musicals, has died at 91.

Update: Powerhouse Fire 70 percent contained

Firefighters are conducting mop-up operations. Earlier in the day 10 more homes had been found destroyed, according to U.S. Forest Service spokesman Matt Corelli.

Robert F. Kennedy assassinated 45 years ago this week (archival photos)

The brother of President John F. Kennedy won the California Democratic primary on June 4, 1968, but just after midnight, he was shot by assassin Sirhan Sirhan.

FBI raids offices of Calif. state Sen. Ron Calderon (updated)

The FBI searched the offices of the senator whose district includes Montebello. Contrary to earlier reports, the Latino Caucus denies its offices were searched.

How tweetable are Gov. Brown and President Obama? (interactive)

Obama is the first president in the Twitter era, and short, tweetable lines make it easy for his words to spread. How does California’s Gov. Brown compare?

'Sopranos' tops 101 best-written TV shows: Vote your favorites (polls)

Do you agree with the Writers Guild list of the 101 best-written TV shows ever? Break the ties between "Freaks and Geeks" and "Moonlighting"! Let us know which shows were slighted!

A bad Farmville crop — Zynga closing LA office, laying off employees

San Francisco-based gaming company Zynga is laying off 520 employees, including closing its Los Angeles, New York and Dallas offices.

Powerhouse Fire: Evacuations lifted for some communities (Photos)

One resident tells KPCC about his evacuation, while firefighters working in darkness doubled containment of a massive wildfire north of Los Angeles to 40 percent overnight.

LA's OK Go releases iPhone game they created: Say the Same Thing

Can you and a friend both say random words, then figure out what those have in common to find the word “in between” those two words?

UPDATE: Evacuations lifted after gas leak in Newbury Park (MAP)

Evacuations were ordered Wednesday morning after a major gas leak was reported in Newbury Park. Portions of the 101 Freeway were set to be shut down before authorities changed their minds.

UPDATE: 'Hitler' billboard comes at bad time for JC Penney (POLL)

JC Penney has been receiving a lot of attention this week over a tea kettle, advertised on a billboard in Culver City, that some said resembled… Hitler.