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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
I’ve been fairly critical of the UCSD students who put on the racist “Compton Cookout” party, and of UCSD’s tone-deafness in the aftermath, so it’s good to see – in an LA Times article by Larry Gordon — that the school is forging bonds with the city its students besmirched.
Here’s the next installment of my quiz. Where is this place?
Since Charles Phoenix won the last John Rabe Blog Places Quiz in about five seconds flat, I’ve decided to make it a little harder, and will add entries the next couple days.
Cinco de Mayo celebrations got started this morning in Cypress Park with a couple of caballeros trotting down Cypress Avenue…
Crewest, a gallery on Winston Street (just off Main) in downtown Los Angeles, just opened a powerful exhibit of Gusmano Cesaretti’s work, and on opening night, the artist himself severely abused the prints on the wall.
Remember the YouTube video of the swimming pool in Cerritos sloshing during the 6.9 quake on April 4, and remember how long that quake seemed to last to us here in Southern California?
Maybe you missed it, but UC San Diego has been named among the “happiest colleges” in the country.
(Credit: Josh Berman)
David Cay Johnston, who uncovered Chief Gates’ spy operation, podcasts on the ancient beginnings of the economy
(Photo: Bags of coins are emptied into a tub that sorts out bad or foreign coins". Photograph dated: Oct. 15, 1989. Credit: Akili-Casundria Ramsess/LAPL/Herald-Exminer collection.)
All of our board members beat the KPCC drum as loudly as they can, and have been instrumental in our success over the last ten years as we’ve become a centering institution in Southern California.
More on the late Daryl Gates – reporter says Gates’ spy group kept local officials and LA Times from going after him.
Friends and admirers of the late LAPD chief Daryl Gates may think I’m piling on by adding more negatives to the chief’s history, but it’s not journalism’s job to be respectful. It’s our job to fill in the picture when it matters.
Bill Rabe, Special Olympian, performs magic with his dad, Karl Rabe, and – no surprise to Uncle John Rabe – steals the show.
The movie embedded below is one of the funniest, heartwarming, and entertaining movies I’ve seen in years. It happens to feature my brother Karl and his son, Bill, an intellectually disabled 20-year-old with limited speech.
I had hoped to see King Sunny Ade at The Echoplex May 7, but it isn’t going to happen.
My husband Julian and I were somewhere semi-famous in Southern California the other day and took some pictures.
Off-Ramp correspondent Hank Rosenfeld sent us this missive from the Westside.