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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
It’s November of 2012, and people are still doing “Call Me Maybe” videos. This is 10 months after Bieber first tweeted about the song and helped make Jepsen a star.
The Hollywood Improv Lab, the 50-seat experimental theater attached to the Hollywood Improv, is closing its doors after several years to become a bar/lounge.
Members of the Black Keys and the Strokes joined together with Ke$ha on vocals and Johnny Depp on guitar (yes, this happened) for a Petty Fest concert in Hollywood.
Los Angeles comedian Scott Aukerman announced this week that he’s retiring the live standup show he’s produced for the past 10 years, Comedy Bang Bang.
Eddie Murphy’s getting a tribute on Spike at 10 p.m. Wednesday. It’s not a roast, but Hollywood is paying tribute to one of the most popular and important comics ever.
Janeth Lopez has been charged with murder, attempted murder and vandalism in connection with the shootings of two men who tried to stop a graffiti attack on a church.
Comic book convention WonderCon is officially coming back to Anaheim for a second year in spring 2013 — and not going home to San Francisco.
Antivirus software pioneer John McAfee is wanted for murder in Belize, Gizmodo reports. Gregory Faull was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head.
Despite its infamy as one of the truly horrendous songs of the modern era, Rebecca Black "Friday" writer/producer Patrice Wilson has not been deterred.
California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said she wishes President Obama hadn't accepted CIA Director David Petraeus's resignation.
The move comes after a disappointing 1-4 start to the season. It is unclear who will be the replacement coach or the coach in the long term.
Former Los Angeles city councilman Arthur K. Snyder has died at age 79. The ex-Marine served nine terms on the council, and was never far from scandal.
Rev. Robert H. Schuller testified Thursday in bankruptcy court that the ministry he founded owes him millions of dollars for using his creative works in broadcasts and online.
The man who allegedly robbed Paris Hilton's home as part of the "Bling Ring" case pleaded no contest Thursday to receiving Hilton's stolen jewelry.
A major gas leak near the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu prompted a closure of PCH in both directions near Carbon Canyon Road, but it's since reopened.