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

Memoirs of photojournalist abducted in Libya

Lynsey Addario's new memoir details her captivity in Libya as well as her childhood memories of her father coming out as gay. She had both fact-checked.

The Broad Museum's sneak peek brings in 3,500

On a hot Sunday, 3,547 Angelenos lined up to get inside an art museum that didn't have any art in it.

Remembering Gary Owens, the voice

From the Off-Ramp archive, John Rabe's wide-ranging 2008 interview with Gary Owens, who died Thursday at the age of 80.

Tourists: This is not the Harrison Ford star you're looking for

At Musso & Frank, the oldest restaurant in Hollywood. you'll find a star for an actor named Harrison Ford, but it doesn't belong to modern "Indiana Jones" actor.

Oscars: designer Nick Verreos on movie costumes, red carpet fashion

The Oscars wouldn't be the Oscars without the glamor of the red carpet. Just like the movies wouldn't be the movies without perfect costumes.

The New Radicals might win an Oscar this year

Songwriters Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois talk about "Lost Stars," their Oscar-nominated contribution to the film "Begin Again."

What makes a movie Oscar bait?

... And do any Oscar-nominated films this year meet the definition? Filmweek contributor and LA Weekly film critic Amy Nicholson joins John at Musso & Frank.

'Finding Vivian Maier' co-director talks Oscar Nominated documentary

Charlie Siskel talks with host John Rabe about making a documentary about a nanny who turned out to be one of the century’s best and most fascinating photographers.

How do you recreate 70 year old plane sounds for a movie?

You find the plane, of course. Becky Sullivan and Andrew DeCristofaro did just that for "Unbroken," the Oscar-nominated story of track star and war hero Louis Zamperini.

Four churches, five organists ... it's the Presidents' Day Organ Festival

A fun, easy, and free event on Monday, Feb. 16: an organ crawl in San Marino and South Pasadena.

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.