Michael James Rocha

Writer

Michael James Rocha is the arts and entertainment editor. He oversees coverage of pop music, classical music, visual art, theater, things to do and dining both for online and print. Rocha started his career at U-T San Diego in December 1997 as a features page designer. He eventually became the features design editor, managing a staff of 15 designers and 17 features sections. Through the years, he has done stints as the front page designer, audience development editor and home decor editor. He previously wrote a monthly column on outdoor living, which focused on outdoor decor. Rocha graduated with a bachelor's degree in communications (with an emphasis on print journalism) from California State University-Fullerton in 1994. He has worked as a reporter, copy editor, city editor and designer for numerous Southern California newspapers, including The Orange County Register, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune and the Ontario Daily Bulletin. He is one of the founding members of the Asian American Journalists Association's San Diego chapter and served on the national AAJA board for many years. He teaches an upper-level magazine journalism course at Point Loma Nazarene University, where he has been an adjunct professor since 2007.

Recent Articles

  • 6 must-see works in SDMA's 'Modern Masters' exhibit

    6 must-see works in SDMA's 'Modern Masters' exhibit

    Ask Roxana Velásquez about the San Diego Museum of Art’s “Modern Masters From Latin America: The Pérez Simón Collection” exhibition, and she has one word to describe it: remarkable. Indeed, the private collection, on display publicly for the first time, is quite a coup for the Balboa Park museum....

  • Country singer Craig Campbell fulfilling dreams and aiming for bigger ones

    Country singer Craig Campbell fulfilling dreams and aiming for bigger ones

    Performing at the Grand Ole Opry is a dream come true for any country musician. In Craig Campbell’s case, that dream has come true — 50 times. On Oct. 20, he celebrated his 50th performance on the legendary Nashville stage. “It’s one of those things growing up that you dream about — it’s definitely...

  • How to get your free Dunkin' Donut on Friday

    How to get your free Dunkin' Donut on Friday

    On Friday Nov. 3 four participating Dunkin Donuts locations in San Diego county are giving out a free donut.

  • Filipino-themed dinner at JSix goes back to the basics

    Filipino-themed dinner at JSix goes back to the basics

    Chef Anthony Sinsay could have easily lost his cool, but he didn't. Last Thursday, before the start of his second Filipino-themed dinner at downtown's JSix, "the entire network of computers went down 20 minutes before the first tables sat," he recalled. "We had to print a rough draft of the menu...

  • San Diego chef Anthony Sinsay to host another Filipino-themed dinner

    Filipino cuisine is still having its moment, and chef Anthony Sinsay is more than happy to be on the front lines in San Diego. That's why  nine months after his popular Filipino-themed dinner, the  Jsix chef is coming back for seconds. This time, the evening is themed "Kain-Na," Tagalog for "let's...

  • Pink announces new world tour for 2018

    Pink announces new world tour for 2018

    Fresh from a successful concert at KAABOO Del Mar last month, pop singer Pink on Thursday announced a new world tour. Her Beautiful Trauma World Tour 2018 is a 40-date engagement in North America, and it begins in Phoenix on March 1 and ends in Los Angeles on June 2. It will make a San Diego stop...

  • Jason Aldean cancels concerts in L.A., San Diego and Anaheim

    Jason Aldean cancels concerts in L.A., San Diego and Anaheim

    Two days after the mass shooting in Las Vegas, country singer Jason Aldean has announced he is canceling three concerts this week, all of them in Southern California. The singer's They Don't Know Tour had been scheduled to make stops in Los Angeles on Friday, San Diego on Saturday and Anaheim on...

  • Jason Aldean calls Las Vegas shooting 'beyond horrific'

    Country star Jason Aldean posted a statement on social media Tuesday, a little over 24 hours after the mass shooting in Las Vegas, where he was performing on stage when bullets rained on 22,000 fans at the Route 91 Harvest festival. His statement: "Over the last 24 hrs I have gone through lots...

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