Rebecca Plevin Health Reporter

Rebecca Plevin
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Rebecca Plevin is a health reporter at KPCC. She also writes KPCC's consumer health blog, Impatient.

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, All Things Considered, Marketplace, The California Report, Latino USA, and Capital Public Radio's health documentary series, The View From Here. For her work at KPCC, Rebecca has earned an LA Press Club Award for best blog and was a finalist for a Gerald Loeb award. As a newspaper reporter, she 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, an avid rock climber and an acro yoga fanatic.

Stories by Rebecca Plevin

A cautionary tale: Vicodin sparks an ex-addict's relapse

In the first installment of a periodic series on dealing with pain, "Mary" tells how her doctor prescribed her the powerful opioid despite her concerns about a relapse.

LA County works on meningitis vaccination campaign

Public health officials say meningitis has disproportionally effected gay men. But improving immunization levels could be challenging.

Black Lives Matter rally blocks 405 Freeway in Inglewood

The violence of the past week, involving the deaths of five police officers and two black men, was on a lot of people's minds at rallies across L.A. Sunday.

Experts unsure why gay men at higher risk for meningitis

Twelve L.A. County residents have contracted meningitis in the past two months; seven of them have been gay or bisexual men.

Blood banks' new summer challenges: Zika, donor iron levels

The summer is always tough for blood banks. But new rules regarding Zika virus and male hemoglobin levels are aggravating a blood supply shortage.

FAQ: How California's new vaccination law works

This year, for the first some, some parents will no longer be able to skip vaccinating their kids based on their personal beliefs.

SoCal trauma centers: No surge in July 4th fireworks injuries

At least three Southern Californians suffered severe hand injuries, but several regional trauma centers saw just a handful of people hurt by fireworks.

Fight against opioid abuse spreads to LA urgent care clinics

Eighty clinics adopt opioid prescribing guidelines, following the lead of L.A. County's emergency departments. Officials plan to reach out to dentists next.

Meningitis outbreak prompts LA clinics to offer free vaccine

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation and AIDS Project Los Angeles are now offering the meningitis vaccine for free. It's recommended for gay men and those with HIV.

Water polo a big concussion risk, according to survey

In a UC Irvine survey of about 1,500 water polo players, just over one out of three reported getting at least one concussion while playing the sport.

2 LA sheriff's deputies shot, suspect in custody

A man who shot two deputies Thursday night in Bellflower, leaving them critically wounded, has been caught and is now in custody, sheriff's officials said Friday.

San Gabriel Complex: Some residents returning home; winds still a threat

Some Duarte residents were being allowed to return to their homes Wednesday, but many evacuations remain in place. Firefighters face another day of strong winds.

It's mosquito season: Who should use insect repellent, and when

L.A. and Orange County health officials recommend using mosquito repellent when going outside at dawn and dusk. Their main concern is West Nile virus, not Zika.

San Gabriel Complex: Firefighters brace to protect homes; Residents prep to evacuate

Firefighters have been hampered by extremely dry and rocky terrain, sporadic wind gusts and thin staffing, as nearby crews work to extinguish wildfires throughout SoCal.

Lawmakers renew push to block surprise medical bills

A new bill would protect people from paying surprise medical bills for out-of-network charges. It's an updated version of a proposal that stalled last year.