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Big changes for Off-Ramp host John Rabe

Off-Ramp host John Rabe with 90-year old sax legend Big Jay McNeely outside McNeely's home in South LA.
John Rabe

Beginning July 5, John Rabe, veteran radio journalist and longtime host of KPCC's Off-Ramp, will become 89.3 KPCC's Production and Promotions Director. The new role will allow the station to integrate more of John's aesthetic throughout the program schedule.

"John embraces Southern California and its amazing diversity," says Kristen Muller, Head of Programming and Content Innovation. "He brings the region’s people, places and stories to life like nobody else. As KPCC strives to improve its service, it makes sense to put our strongest broadcasting foot forward. That’s John."

John first joined KPCC as the host of “All Things Considered” in March 2000. For the last 11 years, he’s hosted “Off-Ramp,” where he’s displayed a unique ability to connect Southern Californians through sound. The show has won many awards (including ‘Best Public Affairs Show’ from the RTNDA) and has been a launch pad for talented producers and reporters including ‘The Dinner Party Download," Queena Kim, Kevin Ferguson, and James Kim. 


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Meet KPCC’s 2017 summer interns

KPCC's summer 2017 interns.

June is an incredibly exciting time in the KPCC newsroom. While many folks are planning their summer vacations, we’re welcoming a new class of interns to our content team. This summer, 10 early-career journalists and students will learn and contribute to our newsgathering effort. The interns are invaluable to what we do over the summer, and we invariably learn from and are inspired by them. 

These new KPCC team members bring with them a wealth of insights and experience. They come to us from near and far, and with areas of expertise that range from podcasts and arts journalism to print reporting and photography. 

Four interns have started so far this month, and we have six more coming in the next couple of weeks. Please join us in welcoming them to the team. 

To learn more about them, check out this gallery we’ve put together. Throughout the summer, you can also follow the hashtag #KPCCinterns to see what they are up to. 


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You are part of the KPCC family. Show us how and you could win!

Share a photo of how you are part of the KPCC family and you could win this prize pack!

Right now, you have the chance to win a KPCC Prize Pack! Just share a photo of how you are a part of the KPCC family on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #kpcclove. Or email it to us at and we'll make sure you’re entered to win.

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Whatever makes you feel part of the KPCC family, share it on social media! We’ll select a winner at random to take home a KPCC Prize Pack, complete with a beach towel, T-shirt, sunglasses and more! This contest ends Monday, June 5 — the first day of our June member drive — so good luck!


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Officer Involved San Bernardino: drugs, alcohol and suspects in cars

Today, Southern California Public Radio and The San Bernardino Sun launch the first substantive examination of police shootings in the nation’s most expansive county. Officer Involved San Bernardino is a continuation of work the station began two years ago to correct an important problem: the lack of public information around officer shootings.

Through a public records request to the San Bernardino District Attorney, which investigates every police shooting, KPCC and The Sun gathered official accounts of six years of incidents in San Bernardino County and built a database. We supplemented that data with coroner reports and other documents. Those are the same kinds of records that KPCC relied on to build the first-of-its kind database of police shootings in Los Angeles County in 2015.


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Curious about life in SoCal? We've got answers!

Alex Cohen interviews Ron Finley right next to his sidewalk garden.
Leo Duran/KPCC

Earlier this year, KPCC introduced a new effort to get you more involved in the process of generating story ideas. 

At the time, we didn’t have a name for it. Now we do, and we’re excited to introduce you to "SoCal. So Curious," an initiative that will inform KPCC's programming online, on-air and in person. 

In the coming weeks, you’ll hear stories branded with "SoCal. So Curious." and inspired by you. 

This is a model that has been employed to great success at news organizations across the country as they have set out to answer questions like "Why can’t Washingtonians resist asking each other what they do for a living?" or "What is the status of the Abenaki Native Americans in Vermont today?"

Some stations have launched podcasts (Bay Curious and Brave Little State are two favorites), and the stories that have come out of this approach have been funny, unexpected and encouraging


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