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

Rabe and Stoltze and #DearMayor

Education, water, and the runway were big issues for residents of Westchester in the latest installment of Frank Stoltze's #DearMayor cafe chats.

Studio City resident Renee Opell and the photo that may have saved her from the Boston Marathon Bomber

Studio City resident Renee Opell had come to Boston for her 40th marathon. She left with a photo of the moment that may have saved her life.

What Mazda's young racecar drivers say to their peers who text and drive

Few teens believe their parents about much of anything, making it hard to get even the most important messages across, like: Don't text while you drive! Hence, Project Yellow Light, a program that encourages young drivers to make videos to speak to other kids about the dangers of driving distracted, and offers scholarships for the best videos.

PHOTOS: Mazda's diesel race car - 4-doors, high torque, not smelly

The car didn’t finish in its first big race this year—possibly because it had just been delivered the week before. It finished second in its next two races. This mixed showing reflects its singular, developing technology: it’s probably the only diesel race car on the American auto racing scene today.

Shameful neglect at East LA's Mount Zion Jewish cemetery (photos)

Founded in 1916 to bury indigent Jews, the cemetery has been nearly abandoned. Vandals have toppled and tagged headstones, and used others for target practice.

Retired newsman Jim Becker, the last survivor of Ebbets Field pressbox at Jackie Robinson's 1947 debut

"The day sent chills up my spine, and 66 years later it still does. I always said, his failure would have been our failure, but the victory was his."

John Rabe gives Max Raabe an A for bringing back musical elegance

The honey-voiced tenor brings his brand of 1920s and '30s music to L.A.'s Disney Hall this week.

Ben Katchor's wry 'Hand-Drying in America' looks at the little things that tell the story of old American cities

"This concentration on these minute details is not just to be willfully obscure. It's like a scientist looking at the molecular structure of things. If you really want to see how things work, you have to go down to the small scale."

Opening Day: Dodgers shut out Giants, fans love stadium makeover (photos)

One thing hasn’t changed. Vin Scully got the biggest cheer of the day, and, later, up in the top deck, a little transistor radio was broadcasting Vin's play-by-play.

Attention shade tree mechanics! Free stuff from the county!

Free shop towels, funnels, containers ... and all you need is some nasty old motor oil.

Epic fail: Valitar horse show plays out disastrously in San Diego

"They promised this was going to be a spectacle beyond the likes of anything we'd ever seen in San Diego, and in a certain tragic sense, they redeemed that promise. We've never seen anything quite like the disaster that was Valitar."

RIP: Lawrence McKiver, last original member of McIntosh County Shouters

"In slavery times, the old folks couldn't talk to each other. They had to make signs ... make the sounds we singing. That's why we sing in these old slavery sounds ... they couldn't talk so they sang a song and they'd get together underneath the song that we're gonna sing."

Val Kilmer becomes Mark Twain in 'Citizen Twain'

Kilmer says Twain used his own voice, unlike the other public speakers of his time, who affected an unnatural cadence and tone.

The Getty explores the mystery of Rubens' Korean man

'Looking East: Rubens's Encounter with Asia,' at the Getty Center through June 9th, is the Getty's first Korean-themed exhibit, and its first collaboration with LA's Korean-American community.

50 years ago, boxer Davey Moore's fatal fight at Dodger Stadium

The two people most affected by Davey Moore’s death had to get on with their lives. Moore’s widow, Geraldine, took a job and raised five children as a single mom. Sugar Ramos, the new champion, kept fighting.