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

Dominick's chef Brandon Boudet teaches you how to make Mardi Gras jambalaya

"Jambalaya is like one of those things: 'My mama makes the best jambalaya that way, my mama's jambalaya is better than your mama's jambalaya.'"

Inside Edition's Zoey Tur, first transgender TV reporter, flies again

When last we spoke with Zoey Tur about her gender reassignment, she said her goal was to become the nation's first transgender TV reporter. Done. Next!

Off-Ramp and FilmWeek animation critic Charles Solomon nabs Annie award

Charles Solomon took home the only silver Annie award Saturday night, for "significant and benevolent or charitable impact on the art and industry of animation."

UPDATED: The night VA chief McDonald made his now infamous 'special forces' claim

Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald spent a couple hourson LA's Skid Row, counting homeless, and searching for homeless veterans.

Off-Ramp blog posts are moving to spiffier new dwellings

Housekeeping news: Off-Ramp blog entries are moving to Off-Ramp's main page.

Are you high on mountains? Cool event Saturday

Saturday in Sierra Madre, a gathering of experts of our magnificent mountains and their impact on our history, culture, and way of life.

First look inside North Hollywood's restored Idle Hour Cafe

Roll out the barrel — more than 30 years after it closed, the historic, barrel-shaped Idle Hour Cafe in North Hollywood is set to reopen in mid-February.

HP Lovecraft: Horrible man, great writer, now collected in annotated edition

He was a bigot, but scholar Leslie Klinger says he turned that anger and angst into great horror fiction.

You may have seen 'Selma,' but this Santa Monica woman was there

Off-Ramp host John Rabe talks with Susan Cloke, who marched from Selma to Montgomery as a young, white teenager.

Wil Wheaton and other Star Trek alumni in 'War of the Worlds'

Wil Wheaton is Orson Welles in a one-night-only performance of "War of the Worlds," alongside many other Star Trek alumni.

FREE: Watch the Golden Globes at The Crest, and dress up!

Where to watch the Golden Globes Sunday.

Remembering - and listening to - the distinct voice of Michele Serros

KPCC reporter and poet Adolfo Guzman-Lopez on the ground-breaking writer Michele Serros.

Rain v Sun song mashup — what are your favorite weather songs?

A few songs to brighten your day or help you feel depressed, and a chance to vote for your favorite rain or sun song.

This Saturday — 12/13/14 — set to be huge for Vegas weddings

The manager of Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel tells "Off-Ramp" host John Rabe that Saturday, 12/13/14, will be their biggest day of the year.

Superman creator Jerry Siegel's typewriter hits the Paley Center

Superman creator Jerry Siegel's daughter talks with John Rabe about the typewriter Siegel used to write Superman. It's now on display at the Paley Center.