Rebecca Plevin Health Reporter

Rebecca Plevin
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Rebecca Plevin is a Health Reporter at KPCC.

Prior to working at KPCC, Rebecca spent five years covering health news in California's Central Valley, first for the bilingual paper Vida en el Valle, and then for Fresno-based Valley Public Radio. She was also a lead reporter on The Reporting on Health Collaborative's groundbreaking series of stories about valley fever.

Rebecca’s work has appeared on Morning Edition, The California Report, Latino USA, and Capital Public Radio's health documentary series, The View From Here. She has twice earned the George Gruner Award for Meritorious Public Service in Journalism, as well as top honors from the California Newspaper Publishers Association and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

Rebecca grew up in the Washington, D.C. area and is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. She's also a fluent Spanish speaker, a certified yoga teacher and an avid rock climber.

Stories by Rebecca Plevin

The government compensates those injured by vaccines. Who knew?

Government officials feel torn between the need to publicize the compensation program and their fear of feeding the anti-vaccination movement.

Fewer Southern California parents opting out of vaccination

Los Angeles County saw a 27 percent decline this year in the number of parents not vaccinating their kindergartners due to their personal beliefs.

Has your doctor prescribed exercise or vegetables?

Some doctors are prescribing exercise and healthy diets for chronic health problems, and studies show they're having some success.

Should unvaccinated kids be allowed in daycare? Tell us

A national survey finds support for policies requiring kids in daycare to be vaccinated. Do Southern California families agree? Take our poll and add a comment!

How do you rate the first year of Covered California?

The Center for Health Reporting explores some big questions about Obamacare's impact in California.

CDC links Calif. pertussis epidemic to less effective vaccin

The CDC warns that higher incidence of whooping cough could become the "new normal," at least until there's a new vaccine, or a more effective vaccine strategy.

Doctors bend vaccination schedule for shot-wary parents

There's a sizable group of parents who want to vaccinate their children, but on a schedule different from the one recommended by the CDC.

Health providers must adapt to aging HIV patients

On the 26th World AIDS Day, there are much more effective drugs on the market, and people are living much longer with the disease.

Mental health agency: Holidays bring more child depression

At L.A.'s Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, the number of after hours emergency calls doubles during the holiday season.

Are loud toys on your Christmas shopping list? Be careful

Kids love loud toys. But Dr. Hamid Djalilian, an ear, nose and throat specialist at UC Irvine, says their ears don't.

Help! Should I still drink milk?

Several studies have questioned whether milk actually does a body good. But some experts have questions about the studies.

In California, West Nile deaths highest in nearly a decade

Nearly 800 Californians have been diagnosed with West Nile Virus this year. About half of them are in Los Angeles and Orange counties.

Should flu shots be mandatory for health care workers?

To increase flu vaccination among health care workers, state law requires hospitals to offer free shots - or have employees wear a mask if they decline vaccination.

With high-deductible health plans come demands for price transparency

Consumers are becoming more price conscious, as more people choose high-deductible health plans, according to the Harvard Business Review.

Cal-OSHA mandates health worker protections for Ebola

Cal-OSHA released mandatory guidelines for hospitals to follow to protect healthcare workers in the event of an Ebola case.