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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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Paul Tanaka, second-in-command at the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department who’s been strongly criticized for his handling of County jails, has announced he’ll be retiring.
The latest from Funny Or Die offers an... alternative history of the formation of the much-loved but short-lived band the Postal Service, with open auditions.
Pro wrestling manager William Moody, better known as his character “Paul Bearer,” has died. Bearer debuted in 1991 managing the Undertaker, one of the most famed wrestlers of all time.
A new study says that the collection of social media users who sound off on Twitter aren’t representative of the broader public, differing significantly from national polls.
Oprah Winfrey was announced Monday as this year’s Harvard commencement speaker. Here's a look at some of her previous commencement addresses.
We've started collecting some particularly memorable and/or interesting quotes from the Los Angeles mayoral candidates. What quotes should we add?
President Obama's overlapping science fiction references at a pre-sequester presser prompted a quick social media reaction to the flub and an inspired response from the White House.
A computer suicide note was found indicating the murders of three Orange County residents on Feb. 19 were pre-meditated, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
The juror was dismissed Thursday for misconduct after she admitted she looked up information online and had her daughter look up a definition of jury coercion.
She was reported missing by concerned family members. She was last seen wearing a black sweat suit. No foul play was suspected, but her family was concerned about her welfare.
DC Comics spoiled this week’s Batman Incorporated #8 in a New York Post article Monday morning. The comic hits the stands Wednesday. What's going to happen?
The Razzies held their 33rd annual tribute to the year's most cringe-worthy cinematic efforts Saturday, pouring scorn on some familiar personalities and performances.
The first women’s fight in UFC history takes place Saturday night in Anaheim. San Diego’s Liz Carmouche and the L.A. area’s Ronda Rousey face each other in the main event.
The Academy Awards are this Sunday night, and movie fans everywhere are making their predictions. Let us know who YOU think should win.
A private memorial service for L.A. Lakers owner Jerry Buss is being held Thursday at the Nokia Theatre, with many of the team's greatest names among the expected speakers.