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

Angels pitcher CJ Wilson's shocking confession

"Racing is much more terrifying, so it makes baseball less intimidating. When you've gone sideways or crashed into a wall at 120-mph, it's not a big deal if somebody scores a run."

Angels Flight railway in limbo in downtown LA

When will the historic Angels Flight railway in downtown Los Angeles run again? Regulators want two big — and expensive — changes.

Mike Kelley - a (too short) life in full at MOCA Geffen Contemporary

Off-Ramp host John Rabe talks with curator Bennett Simpson about "Mike Kelley," the new exhibit at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA.

Boston Marathon bombing: Studio City runner returns to race

If you think a terror attack can keep a marathoner from running in Boston, you don't know long-distance runners.

The late Yasiel Puig, and other tales from the Dodgers Home Opener

KPCC's Ben Bergman drew Home Opener duty (curse him!) and talks with Off-Ramp host John Rabe about Puig, Tommy's trattoria, Vin Scully, and his Ben's Dodger Dog limit.

How Hollywood productions disrupted the city 100 years ago

The L.A. City Archivist opens his files to show us how the city dealt with the unregulated movie industry's location shoots a hundred years ago.

Frida Kahlo photo archive now at Museum of Latin American Art

MoLAA in Long Beach is the only West Coast museum to exhibit the recently unsealed photo archive of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.

Help for out-of-town journos: How to write a Garcetti puff piece

LA Weekly writer Hillel Aron extends a helping hand for the poor out-of-town journalist assigned to profile Mayor Eric Garcetti.

New YouTube series 'The Impression Guys' includes a rare breed: female impressionists

John Rabe talks with the cast of "The Impression Guys," a YouTube series that also includes two female impressionists who say their ranks are growing.

Steve Soboroff snags EM Forster typewriter for $11,401

Steve Soboroff adds yet another typewriter to his collection: one used by E.M. Forster, the British author who wrote "A Passage to India" and more.

A story with bounce: Disney artist catches baby falling from window

When Konrad Lightner saw a baby dangerously close to a third-story window, he just happened to have a mattress with him. You can guess what happened next.

City archives show how LA banned incinerators to fight smog

Peer over backyard walls and fences and you can still sometimes see one of the main air pollution culprits: the backyard incinerator. And you can trace their demise through the city archives.

From Off-Ramp to SXSW: Mateo Stoneman, the Anglo mariachi

One thing stays the same about Mateo Stoneman through all the twists and turns of his story, from New Hampshire to prison to Olvera Street to Cuba — his musicianship.

Huell Howser's 29 Palms getaway sells for $650,000 (update)

The beloved TV host's desert hideway went to an anonymous buyer for cash after receiving multiple offers, according to a real estate agent handling the sale.

Rabe calls for new creative heroes, moratorium on the usual suspects

Hunter S. Thompson, Kerouac, Bukowski, Kahlo ... okay, we get it. They were cool. Now, get off your duff, people, and help us find some new artists to write about.