John Rabe Host, Off-Ramp

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John Rabe is the creator and host of Off-Ramp, KPCC's weekend news and arts magazine program, which has been named "best local public affairs show" by two national journalism associations.

Prior to his time on Off-Ramp, Rabe was KPCC's host for "All Things Considered" and the station's housing & healthcare reporter, for which he garnered many awards – including several Golden Mikes.

Rabe began his career as a commercial DJ in high school in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, then found his niche as reporter and anchor at WKAR, Michigan State University's public radio station, where he earned his BA in English.

Rabe has also worked in public radio in South Florida, at WHYY in Philadelphia, and Minnesota Public Radio. He came to KPCC in 2000. Off-Ramp debuted in 2006.

He lives with his husband and Irish terriers in the foothills of Mt Washington, north of downtown LA.


Stories by John Rabe

Police commission President Steve Soboroff on rollout of LAPD body cams

In-depth with Steve Soboroff, the head of the Police Commission, as the LAPD prepares to roll out body cams Monday.

Heino impersonator Marc Hickox highlights our SoCal Oktoberfest roundup

A sampling of Southern California's Oktoberfest celebrations includes the weirdest spectacle you will ever see, unless you already know about Heino. Also: there will be beer.

Good going, gadget geek: your drone nearly crashed a medivac helicopter

"Had the aircraft made contact with the drone, it could have been catastrophic." In other words, a drone operator could have caused the death of everyone on board the medivac helicopter.

Gay bars have been closing across SoCal, but not in downtown LA

Two new gays bars have opened recently in downtown Los Angeles, with a third on the way. What's happening?

Jerry Heller helped bring N.W.A 'Straight Outta Compton'

The new movie "Straight Outta Compton" tells the story of how the group N.W.A. broke out, and way down the list of IMDb credits is Paul Giamatti as Jerry Heller. But Heller was instrumental in N.W.A.'s success.

John Rabe interviews the actor who plays him in 'The End of the Tour'

I am grateful they picked an accomplished, good-looking actor to portray me in "The End of the Tour. But I do wish they had picked me to play me. I liked me for that part.

Happy Art Laboe Day! And happy 90th, Art!

Radio legend Art Laboe - the "Dick Clark for Latinos" - turns 90 on Friday. He's been playing music and talking on the radio in Southern California for 60 years.

That song you're wondering about ...

... it's "Forgotten Dreams," by the master of programmatic miniatures, Leroy Anderson.

Bunker Hill native says 'Get Angels Flight running again!'

A man who rode the original Angels Flight thousands of times tells us about life on Bunker Hill before "urban renewal."

Amazing cosplay photos from San Diego Comic-Con 2015

Vern Evans shot some amazing shots at this year's San Diego Comic-Con. Come see his distinctive cosplay photos, from smoking Jesus to a body-painted sword wielder.

In ‘The Medium is the Message,' Jeffrey Vallance channels dead artists

Vallance says the inspiration for the show came from a séance with Kahlo, DaVinci, Duchamp, Van Gogh and Pollock, some of whom are skeptical about artists and the art market.

Doyle estate wins again — against 'Mr Holmes' — despite SCOTUS ruling

The estate of Conan Doyle, labeled "extortionist" by a local author who won a Supreme Court case against it, won again in the "Mr Holmes" case.

How Guggenheim turned the Dodgers into 'The Best Team Money Can Buy'

Molly Knight's new book, "The Best Team Money Can Buy," details how far down Frank McCourt dragged the Dodgers, and how far up the new owners want to take it.

'Clueless' director Amy Heckerling on the teen classic's 20th birthday

Amy Heckerling reflects on "Clueless," the "Emma"-inspired movie, 20 years after she wrote and directed it — a movie that captured teens as they are.

Comic-Con tries to fight live streaming, but Periscope prevails

Off-Ramp host John Rabe talks with KPCC's Mike Roe about Comic-Con's attempts to keep people from live streaming convention content.