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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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Special effects wizard Ray Harryhausen died Tuesday. Harryhausen brought to life a wide variety of creatures, utilizing stop-motion animation in the pre-CGI era.
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Southern California fire officials say a fast-moving wildfire has burned 2,956 acres in Riverside County near Banning, forcing some residents to evacuate.
Sorry everyone — Netflix is cutting 1,794 titles, with a big chunk of that thanks to licensing agreements expiring with Warner Bros., MGM and Universal.
ESPN announced Tuesday that the X Games won’t return to Los Angeles in 2014. They settled in L.A. for 2003’s X Games Nine and have been held here every year since.
The L.A. County Sheriffs bomb squad was called to Mattel’s El Segundo headquarters Tuesday after a plastic bottle exploded.
The legendary group rocked the Echoplex on Saturday night for a minuscule crowd compared to the thousands set to see them launch tour a week later at Staples Center.
Conan O’Brien, currently hosting TBS’s “Conan” here in Los Angeles, is in Washington, D.C., prepping to headline Saturday night’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
Pretzelmaker is offering free pretzels to celebrate the holiday — they have 20 stores in California, plus more around the nation.
New York-based Brookfield Office Properties moving on up with $430 million deal make to own four of the tallest downtown L.A. office buildings in proposed acquisition of MPG.
The 2013 NFL Draft started Thursday. Also on hand for the draft — the cast and crew of “Draft Day,” shooting a new football movie starring Kevin Costner.
"Iron Man 3" is coming to the nation's 2nd-largest theater chain after all — AMC settled a dispute with Walt Disney Studios that threatened next week's launch.