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

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.

Overall, Tdap shot safe for mom and baby, study finds

Health experts recommend a Tdap shot for pregnant women in their third trimester. A new study finds the shot isn't associated with preterm birth or low birth weight.

More CA kids are being hospitalized with mental illness. Why?

For California kids ages 5 to 19, the rate of hospitalization due to mental illness increased about 43 percent between 2007 and 2012, according to

How did a hippo on birth control have a baby at the LA Zoo?

Vets haven't determined the sex of the new hippo, but they say the baby appears to be doing well and is bonding with mom. It's the first one in 26 years!

How accurate are your diabetes test strips and glucose monitors?

For people with diabetes, and members of online diabetes communities, the inaccuracy of test strips and glucometers is a huge – and life-threatening – issue.

Ebola doesn't spook most Californians, poll says

On Halloween, 70 percent of California voters are not worried that they, or someone in their family, will be exposed to Ebola, according to a new poll.

California orders risk-based Ebola quarantine

Dr. Ron Chapman, the state's health officer, announced Wednesday that California is establishing a statewide standard to protect the public.

A side effect of Ebola coverage: Stress

Two L.A. County health agencies are working together to treat a side effect of the wall-to-wall media coverage of Ebola: Stress and anxiety about the disease.

#PriceCheck: When diabetes test strips are too expensive

One man tells Impatient he should test his blood sugar four times a day, but he can only afford to check twice a day. An expert says it's a common problem.

Fact Check: Chlorine, Vitamin C are not Ebola treatments

Beyond the three cases in Dallas, Ebola does not appear to be spreading in the U.S. We can't say the same about Ebola myths and misinformation.

FAQ: Everything you need to know about Ebola

What it is, how it's spread, how contagious it is, how it's treated and who's at greatest risk.

#FactsNotFear: An evolving Ebola glossary

Not understanding Ebola-related terms makes the situation even more disconcerting. Herein we explain such things as "donning and doffing."