John Rabe

KPCC's Production & Promotions Director

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John Rabe is KPCC's Production & Promotions Director, a post he assumed in July of 2017 after 35 years behind the mike. His job is to shape the sound of the station.

From 2006 to 2017, John was producer and host of Off-Ramp, twice named the nation's "best local public affairs show." Before that, Rabe was the station's housing & healthcare reporter and local host for "All Things Considered."

Rabe began his career as a commercial DJ in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, but he found his niche as reporter and anchor at Michigan State University's public radio station, where he half-heartedly earned his BA in English. Rabe has also worked in public radio in South Florida, Philadelphia, and Minnesota.

Rabe lives with Julian Bermudez, his art curator husband, and their Irish terriers in the foothills of Mt Washington.

Stories by John Rabe

Smoked Bloaters? New menu project reveals old breakfast food.

(Image: New York Public Library)

B-Burro, S-Spellcheck

Is this the Burro of Street Services?

RIP Rich McKee - Open Government Champion

By all accounts, Rich McKee was a bulldog when it came to fighting for open government. He died Saturday at the age of 62, and Karen Ocamb has written a loving tribute.

Reminder: Gary Leonard 60th Birthday Sale Tonite

We gave you a head's up a couple weeks ago. Tonite's the big night - from 7-11!

Mark Peel's The Point Closes in Culver City

No surprise, but Mark Peel - owner of Campanile and The Tar Pit - has closed his restaurant The Point in Culver City, which opened in 2010 with a story on Off-Ramp.

Providence's Cimarusti Participates Japan Quake Benefit

Last year, Michael Cimarusti, the famed chef and owner of Providence LA, told us about a life-changing trip ... a chef's tour of Japan. As we told you on Off-Ramp, he left Japan brimming with new ideas, a new appreciation for Japan's cuisine and culture, and a bunch of new friends.

Driver Wrecks Car, Hurts KPCC Building!

Remember your first new car?

Rabe and Many Others to Read "The Iliad" at Getty Villa April 30


Bill and Karl Rabe's Second Annual Magic Show for Special Olympics

Faithful readers will remember last year's magic show featuring John Rabe's brother Karl Rabe and Karl's son Bill performing predigious prestidigitation. They're back!

Best and Worst of Downtown - 2011 Roses and Lemon Awards

This morning, the Downtown Breakfast Club - a group of people who own, run, and encourage business in downtown LA - handed out its annual prizes for the best and worst downtown.

"A woman walks into a bar..." - New Blog Series

My friend Judi Laing has started a promising new series at her Booze News blog: "A Woman Walks Into a Bar..."

Start lining up now! Gary Leonard 60th birthday photo sale April 22d

Typically, when I ran into him this morning outside his gallery - Take My Picture Gary Leonard - Gary was off to cover something. A groundbreaking. Who covers groundbreakings, and ribbon cuttings, and topping-off ceremonies (below) anymore? Gary does.

Family Friendly Event Friday at PCC - Collegiate Field Tournament

There's a special free event going on Friday evening that I'm a part of, and I hope you'll join me. It's the Collegiate Field Tournament, a friendly competition for Pasadena's outstanding and diverse centers of higher learning.

NBC 4's Alycia Lane Shocked By Nudity


Hatfield's Sommelier Peter Birmingham Tells All

Peter Birmingham isn't trying to win friends, at least , not friends who don't know wine. In Judi Laing's spicey boozenews blog, the wine director and sommelier for the restaurant Hatfield's doesn't mince words.