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

JFK assassination 50 years later: Rosalind Wyman recalls happier times (archival photos)

In 1960, the then-Los Angeles City Councilwoman got President John F. Kennedy to the Coliseum. Then she had to persuade a GOP supporter to host him ... and 1,500 friends.

LA Kitchen's job training for ex-cons, foster kids

Robert Egger will open L.A. Kitchen in Lincoln Heights to offer job training for aged-out foster kids and people returning from prison, and also to provide healthy meals to seniors.

Mark Lacter, LA business reporter and KPCC contributor, dies

Mark Lacter, KPCC contributor and the author of business blog LA Biz Observed, has passed away. He was 59. Lacter died after suffering a stroke Wednesday.

Amazon: Fullerton man's Holocaust memoir 'Best of 2013'

Amazon put "The Boy on the Wooden Box," by the late Leon Leyson of Fullerton, at the top of its "best of 2013" list. Leyson was youngest person on the real Schindler's List.

Martin Mull paints dreams of suburbia 'you didn't know you had' (photos)

Actor/artist Martin Mull opens a new collection of paintings Bob Odenkirk describes as "stunning, moving, and strange. It makes you feel like you're watching a dream you didn't know you had."

New LACMA exhibit reveals French filmmaker Agnès Varda in 1968 LA

"The minute I came to LA I liked it very much," she recalls. "The palm trees, the ocean. What was happening here in '67 was incredible."

Amazing table tennis trick shots captured on video

Spain's Josep Antón Velázquez's wins the international competition for the best trick shot in table tennis.

Janis Joplin finally gets her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Legendary music executive Clive Davis said the late Janis Joplin rewrote "the rules for what was possible and what was permissible."

'12 Years a Slave' Oscar winner John Ridley

John Rabe talks with John Ridley about finding a new way to talk about Jimi Hendrix, and how to cover slavery without being preachy.

Getty Villa exhibit invites visitors to rediscover Roman Emperor Tiberius

Cruelty? Sexcapades? Drunken toga parties? The Getty Villa's new exhibit shows off a rare statue of Tiberius, portrayed as (mostly) victim of Roman tittle-tattle.

How KPCC got the rights to 'The War of the Worlds'

How KPCC decided to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the most famous radio broadcast of all time, Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre production of "The War of the Worlds."

Young entrepreneur starts 'No Burger Left Behind' program at SoCal school

"There's a drug dealer in my daughter's school. He's not selling pot, crack or meth; he's selling ... hamburgers."

New 'War of the Worlds' doc peeks behind the scenes of the 1938 classic

"War of the Welles" tells the backstory of the most famous radio broadcast of all time, "The War of the Worlds," which aired October 30, 1938.

David Sedaris to share spotlight with Off-Ramp's Dylan Brody

David Sedaris is coming to Pasadena November 15th, and he's asked Off-Ramp commentator Dylan Brody to share the stage with him and tell a goats story.

Video: '12 Years a Slave' screenwriter John Ridley

John Rabe talks to the screenwriter of the slavery film, which is out this weekend.