Michael James Rocha

Writer

Michael James Rocha is the arts and entertainment editor. He oversees coverage of pop music, classical music, visual art, theater, dance, things to do and dining both for online and print. Rocha started his career at the Union-Tribune 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. Until 2017, he taught an upper-level magazine journalism course at Point Loma Nazarene University, where he was an adjunct professor. He also loves dogs. 

Recent Articles

  • Review U2 majestic in San Diego leg of 'The Joshua Tree Tour'

    Review U2 majestic in San Diego leg of 'The Joshua Tree Tour'

    It could have easily been 1987 in San Diego Friday night when the iconic Irish band  U2 performed its revolutionary album "The Joshua Tree" in its entirety, all 50 minutes and 11 seconds of it in chronological order. It could have been 1987, but it wasn't. "Nothing's changed; everything's changed,"...

  • Artist Michael Carini: 'It's OK to share our struggles'

    Artist Michael Carini: 'It's OK to share our struggles'

    All artist  Michael Carini really wants is to have a conversation. Carini - who identifies himself artistically as an "acrylic alchemist" - uses his art to deal with his own life struggles, but his larger hope is that it, too, helps others deal with theirs. "I'm hoping they can find something that...

  • 10 things to watch at Comic-Con 2017

      For four very jam-packed days every summer, that galaxy far, far away isn't that far for us San Diegans. From superheroes and villains to vampires and zombies, San Diego is the place to be as it hosts the largest pop-culture gathering on the planet, the universe even. Welcome to  Comic-Con International...

  • At waterfront country concert, Justin Moore promises one big party

    At waterfront country concert, Justin Moore promises one big party

    Justin Moore is throwing a party at Waterfront Park this weekend, and everyone's invited. The award-winning country singer - Academy of Country Music's "new artist of the year" in 2014 - is headlining San Diego's first-ever Coastal Country Jam, a daylong festival that will be held Saturday, April...

  • At home with mixologist Lucien Conner

    At home with mixologist Lucien Conner

    A Top Chef's home kitchen, a master mixologist's home bar, a stylist-to-the-stars' home closet, a celebrated interior designer's home décor and a prominent architect's, well, home, beg the question -how do professional San Diegans bring their work home? Open their doors and see.     Lucien Conner...

  • At collaboration dinner, Filipino chefs boldly take cuisine to next level

    At collaboration dinner, Filipino chefs boldly take cuisine to next level

    Unless we're writing about San Diego's best burgers or best pizzas, dining stories tend to get posted online, promoted on social media and then we move on to the next thing. They sometimes have a short shelf life, at least in the world of online analytics. There's that initial boost, then radio...

  • San Diego-area Filipino chefs prepare for unique collaboration dinner

    San Diego-area Filipino chefs prepare for unique collaboration dinner

    Filipino food has long lived in the shadow of other Asian cuisines, but a new generation of chefs are out to change that. Leading the effort are San Diego-area Filipino chefs who are giving their decidedly American restaurants a Filipino twist. These chefs, through innovative approaches in the...

  • Photos celebrate diversity of neighbors

    Photos celebrate diversity of neighbors

    When photographer J. Raymond Mireles moved to Logan Heights, he was immediately intrigued by the idea of making his new community a part of his art.  "I lived in the East Village in the 1990s when it was still pretty rough but moved away to North Park ," says Mireles, who's lived in San Diego for...

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