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

Pros and cons: Echo Park's proposed gang injunction

Why, when there's been minimal opposition to the almost 50 gang injunctions in other parts of Los Angeles, is there such vocal opposition to the one proposed for Echo Park?

Impressionist Jim Meskimen's 'America's Got Talent' Odyssey

His mike cut out and he had to make Ben Franklin jokes and take notes from Howard Stern, but impressionist Jim Meskimen says he's delighted by his performance in America's Got Talent.

Hombre: Elmore Leonard's first gig was writing Western fiction

You know Elmore Leonard for his screenplay-perfect crime novels, but he started writing when what paid was Western fiction, and those stories bear all the Leonard hallmarks.

John Rabe remembrance: A letter from Elmore Leonard

... in which the famed author blurbs a friend's book about their high school alma mater, and sends best wishes for a recovery that never came.

Rabe’s top 5 Los Angeles songs

California, MacArthur Park, A Good Day, I am ... I said, and ...

LA's Tyrus Wong, 102, gave look to Bambi, gets career retrospective

The new Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco beat LA to the punch in celebrating one of the men responsible for one of the most-beloved animated films of all time.

World's oldest man... isn't; Experts debunk man's claim to be 123

A baptismal certificate, found online in a public records search, shows Bolivian peasant Carmelo Flores Laura is only 107. Close, but no cigar.

The Scarlett Letters? Victoria and Albert Museum gets Vivien Leigh archive

Britain's Victoria & Albert Museum has acquired the archive of "Gone With the Wind" star Vivien Leigh, including personal diaries and letters to her husband, Laurence Olivier.

He's dead, Jim. 'The Big Valley' meets 'Star Trek'

DeForest Kelley's Dr Leonard McCoy wasn't the only person on 1960s television to deliver the iconic line, "He's dead, Jim."

The Coals' new album, unashamed LA country music

Yes, the new record from the LA-based country band The Coals is only 22 minutes long, but the music on it is inventive, catchy, genuine, and moving.

Comic Eddie Pepitone's big heart goes bitter-patter

Eddie Pepitone, no relation to the Yankee, is "The Bitter Buddha," but you can tell he's secretly a sweetheart because he often starts laughing in the middle of his rants.

Car culture update: Calif. legacy plates plates to be stamped

“This is an easy way for the state to make life a little more enjoyable for those of us who appreciate the classic era of automobile design.” (Assemblyman Mike Gatto)

Musicologist Michael Sigman picks the best pop melodies

Can you separate words from music and pick pop music's best melody? Sigman surveyed his friends, from Jimmy Webb and Bob Merlis to Les Moonves.

Artist Robert 'Mr Bitchin' Williams and his appetite for creation

"It may be a year, it may be 5 years, 10 years, before Los Angeles is the art capital of the world." -- Robert Williams, subject of the new documentary, "Mr Bitchin.'"

Artist John Baldessari: Don't blame Deitch for MOCA's problems

"I don't think Jeffrey should be demonized. He did what he does. The real problem was the vision of the board."