Mike Roe Digital News Producer/Blogger

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Mike Roe is a Web producer for Southern California Public Radio and lead writer for pop culture blog Without A Net. Mike joined KPCC in November 2007 after working for KCTS public television in Seattle.

Roe 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, and interned in commercial radio.

He earned a BA in history from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.

When he's not covering the waterfront for KPCC, Mike writes and performs with several improv and sketch comedy groups. He's graduated from both the improv and sketch comedy programs at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. He also hosts the Geek Pilgrims podcast and serves on the board of his church.


Stories by Mike Roe

UCLA basketball player Dragovic charged with assault

UCLA basketball player Nikla Dragovic, 21, is scheduled to be arraigned next month on felony assault charges. He allegedly pushed a man through a glass display following a concert last month.

Second defendant sentenced in Westside ATM murder

A 23-year-old Inglewood woman convicted of the murder of a federal employee at a Westside ATM during an ATM robbery was sentenced to prison today.

Man faces murder charges for Lake Forest drive-by shooting

Edgar Calvillo, 21, Santos Escamilla, 21, and Alfredo Cruz, 23, have been charged with murder for a drive-by shooting in Lake Forest after a dispute regarding Cruz's girlfriend. Calvillo's trial begins Monday; Escamilla and Cruz are scheduled to be tried in January.

Marine faces murder charges in high-speed crash

The Orange County District Attorney's Office announced today the beginning of the trial of a marine who allegedly killed a man in a high-speed car crash while under the influence of alcohol.

11 defendants indicted for OC crime spree

The Orange County District Attorney's Office announced today that transcripts were unsealed in an 11-defendant indictment by a grand jury for a crime spree involving two Orange County jewelry store robberies. Nine of the defendants have been accused of being members or associates of a Hispanic San Diego gang.

Costa Mesa self-defense instructor gets 3 years for molesting 4-year-old

Self-defense instructor John Patrick Harison was convicted today of molesting a 4-year-old girl while she was a student at his Costa Mesa studio. He was sentenced to three years in state prison and ordered to register as a sex offender.

67 teens caught in Orange County gang prevention sweep

Orange County conducted its first countywide curfew sweep last night, bringing in 67 teenagers for violating curfew laws.

Boys & Girls Club employee convicted of stealing $114,000

A former employee of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tustin pleaded guilty today after being accused of stealing over $114,000 from the organization.

LAPD seeks 'Left-Handed Eyeglass Bandit'

Los Angeles Police Department detectives are seeking the public's help identifying a man wanted for over a dozen robberies of businesses throughout South Los Angeles.

Nostalgia for the obsolete

The new book Obsolete by Anna Jane Grossman takes a look at things going obsolete within our lifetimes. The book includes 100 essays on fading subjects, such as mix tapes, camera film, and writing letters.

South Korean man pleads guilty to manslaughter in OC DUI crash

A South Korean man pleaded guilty today to manslaughter for a 2005 freeway crash while under the influence of alcohol, killing a motorcyclist. He had allegedly fled the scene of the crime for South Korea, before being extradited back to the United States.

Woman falls asleep at wheel while on meth, gets 6 years for vehicular manslaughter

A Fullerton mother was sentenced to six years in state prison for vehicular manslaughter after her toddler and boyfriend were killed in a high-speed crash when she fell asleep behind the wheel. She was allegedly under the influence of methamphetamine.

Bratton versus Colbert

Former LAPD chief Bill Bratton is about to face an even more probing audience than he's found in Los Angeles. No, I'm not talking about his new New York City security consultant job, I'm talking about Bratton going toe-to-toe with America's top pundit, Stephen Colbert.

Charlie Beck named as next LAPD chief

A longtime "true-blue" officer raised in a family of cops and who was a Rampart reformer was named the new chief of the Los Angeles Police Department. Charlie Beck will be Los Angeles' next police chief, the mayor announced at an 11 a.m. news conference.

LA apartment owner to pay $2.7M in discrimination settlement

Los Angeles apartment owner Donald T. Sterling has agreed to pay $2.725 million to settle allegations that he discriminated against African-Americans, Hispanics, and families with children when renting apartments. The Justice Department says it's the largest monetary payment ever obtained by the department in the settlement of a case alleging housing discrimination in the renting of apartments.