Michael James Rocha


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 San Diego 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

  • Comic-Con 2015: Friday schedule

    Careful, fanboys and fangirls, Friday is going to be busy in Hall H. "The Walking Dead" takes over Hall H starting at noon Friday, and a couple of hours later, the gang from "Game of Thrones" will hold court. Fans of "Star Wars," though, will have to hold on to their lightsabers until 5:30 p.m....

  • Comic-Con 2015: Thursday, July 9 schedule

    Comic-Con 2015: Thursday, July 9 schedule

    Are you ready, fanboys and fangirls? Comic-Con - which kicks off with Preview Night on Wednesday, July 8 - has released the schedule for Thursday, July 9. Here are some highlights. Halle Berry ! Hunger Games! Teen Wolf! Dr. Who! For the complete Thursday schedule, go here. THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF...

  • JRDN's new chef mixes it up

    JRDN's new chef mixes it up

    When he was named executive chef at JRDN last month, Danilo "DJ" Tangalin had one mission. "Nothing can compare to the joy I have when a guest tells me that our kitchen served them the best meal of their life," Tangalin, 30, says. JRDN Where: Tower23, 723 Felspar St., Pacific Beach Phone: (858)...

  • Comic-Con: MGMT, Grimes to perform aboard USS Midway

    Comic-Con: MGMT, Grimes to perform aboard USS Midway

    Comic-Con isn't just about comics anymore. For a long time the pride and joy of comic aficionados, Comic-Con a few years ago began attracting big-name celebrities, Hollywood studios and TV networks. Now, it appears the music industry wants a piece of the action. G-Eazy and Linkin Park were previously...

  • Sweet Success: Inside Dallmann Fine Chocolate

    Sweet Success: Inside Dallmann Fine Chocolate

    It's late on a Friday afternoon, and the happy-hour crowd is just beginning to arrive at the Headquarters at Seaport District. The old police compound downtown is still basking in that just-opened glow, and inside Dallmann Fine Chocolate Boutique, owner Isabella Knack is talking about her too-beautiful-to-eat...