Mike Roe

Digital News Producer

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Mike Roe is a digital news producer for Southern California Public Radio, as well as covering pop culture online and on air. He's covered events like Comic-Con and E3, as well as breaking news. 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 KPCC, Mike also writes and performs with several sketch comedy groups, including the Pack Theater house team Dandy and weekly topical show Top Story Weekly. He's written several TV screenplays, including one that was a quarterfinalist for the Austin Film Festival. He's also 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 KMIH 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

Fire at Torrance refinery extinguished

A fire broke out at the Torrance refinery on Tuesday afternoon, according to Torrance Fire Capt. Robert Millea. This is the same plant where there was an explosion last year.

How Riverside County reached 'functional zero' veteran homelessness

The tools to reach functional zero include prioritizing veterans, using actual veterans in outreach, treating veterans as individuals and working with law enforcement.

Beach Streets: Long Beach holds its own version of CicLAvia

The event will shut off streets to cars so get out your bikes, skateboards and sneakers.

Millions of ballots still need to be processed in California

Election Day is in the rearview mirror, but more than 4 million ballots in California still haven’t been processed. Those votes could still swing tight races across the state.

Singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen dies at 82

"It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away. We have lost one of music’s most revered and prolific visionaries."

Red, White and Beard: The Sikh Captain America in SoCal

Vishavjit Singh isn't just a cartoonist — he's also Captain America. Well, he dresses up like Cap, at least, as part of an effort to engage with people of different views.

LA County Latino voters highly motivated, poll says

The highlights of the poll: High motivation to vote, strong support for Measure M and a generational divide when it comes to the proposition to legalize marijuana.

Glendale launches pedestrian/cyclist/driver safety campaign

Why now? According to a press release from the city, pedestrian collisions increase in Glendale at this time of year with the end of Daylight Savings on Nov. 6.

Coyote euthanized following attack on 6-year-old

The coyote who bit a 6-year-old boy's arm several weeks ago at Woodbridge Park has been euthanized, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Anaheim convention wants to be the Comic-Con of podcasting

The mission of this weekend's Now Hear This festival: Be podcasting's Comic-Con. The CEO of the company behind the festival argues it's the largest such event ever held.

Death penalty sought in shooting deaths of 2 Palm Springs cops

Felix, described as "self-admitted and known gang member," is believed to have ambushed the officers when they were responding to a family disturbance call.

LA County goes from fire warning to below-average temperatures

The area's been facing heat and a red flag warning, but it was set to expire in most of the county Thursday night — and temperatures are set to drop around 20 degrees by Sunday.

Great California ShakeOut: Responding to disaster, how to mentally prepare

If you live in the Golden State, you know the possibility of a major earthquake is always a factor. But what does that sometimes distant fear do to the psychology of Californians?

Anaheim man sentenced to 30 years for trying to aid Islamic State

Authorities say Muhanad Badawi and Nader Elhuzayel concocted a scheme for Elhuzayel to fly to the Middle East to fight for the Islamic State.

IndieCade, the gaming industry's Sundance, heads to LA

IndieCade is coming to Los Angeles for the first time Friday, featuring everything from video games to mobile Shakespearean plays.