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 a yoga teacher.

Stories by Rebecca Plevin

Eat better, exercise more to stave off dementia, study suggests

The study in The Lancet identifies risk factors that increase people's likelihood of developing dementia, including obesity in mid-life and smoking after age 65.

Federal government ends teen pregnancy prevention grants

The University of Southern California has a five-year, $2 million-a-year grant from the Department of Health and Human Services. It's ending two years early.

California violates civil rights of Latinos on Medi-Cal, suit says

"As the program became more brown, the state invested less green" for provider reimbursements, says a plaintiff lawyer. The state says it hasn't found systemic access issues.

Toxic metal plants cited for not protecting workers from hazardous materials

Cal/OSHA says Anaplex didn't give its workers protective clothing or goggles, and Aerocraft exposed its employees to a possible fall into a vat of hazardous material.

Advocates: Exide plan leaves many to 'fend for ourselves'

Activists say kids' health is being jeopardized because there's not enough money to clean up several thousand lead-contaminated properties near the former facility.

Exide: The 'largest cleanup of its kind ever in California'

Regulators only have money to remove soil from some 2,500 properties around the old battery recycler. They will need more funds to clean thousands more that need it.

LA County moms delivering more full-term, normal weight babies

The percentage of babies born full-term and at normal weight improved across all regions of the county and all ethnic groups between 2007 and 2012, according to USC.

Residents near Exide want action on lead, survey says

A survey of 4,200 people near the former battery recycling plant reveal people's fears about their health and frustration with the pace of the cleanup.

Hepatitis C rates ballooning among young IV drug users

The rate of hepatitis C shot up 55 percent among young men ages 20-29 between 2007 and 2015, and 37 percent among women in that group.

Urgent care clinics sluggish in adopting opioid guidelines

Just 91 of the county's 281 clinics have adopted guidelines designed to combat prescription opioid abuse. An officials says cold calls and door-knocking may be next.

Planned Parenthood branches vow to fight Senate bill

Now that the Senate may join the House in voting to defund the group, it plans to do everything from lobbying to "seeking legal avenues" to protect its federal support.

LA County Health to Paramount plant: Stop emitting odors

Following a similar move by the AQMD, the L.A. County Department of Public Health says odors from Carlton Forge Works are a public nuisance and must be curtailed.

Paramount homes and soil will be tested for Chromium 6

L.A. County and state officials are testing soil for the carcinogen. The county is also testing air and dust inside some homes. Some results are expected by early July.

Air district takes action against smelly Paramount facility

The AQMD has issued 17 notices of violation against Carlton Forge Works and has received nearly 200 complaints regarding odors coming from the facility.

LA County may use public health money to hire gang workers

Supervisors may shift $190,000 of public health funds to hire eight intervention workers for Parks After Dark. They would initially work at two South L.A. parks.