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

#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."

How Southern California is preparing for the possibility of Ebola

State health officials say it would not be unexpected to find a positive case of Ebola here. Hospitals are preparing by developing protocols and running drills.

Doctors struggle with 'the talk'... about vaccines

With so much misinformation swirling around about vaccinations, doctors are trying various tactics to persuade skeptical parents.

The new IUD: Not your mother's Dalkon Shield

Today's IUD's are greatly improved over the ones from decades ago, experts say - very effective and safe. They're now recommended for teens and young women.

Next up for #PriceCheck: How much for diabetes test strips?

#PriceCheck wants to hear from diabetics: How much does insurance pay for your test strips, and how much do you pay?

2 cases of enterovirus D68 reported in LA County

That brings the number of reported cases in California to at least six. Health officials stress that basic hygiene can prevent the virus' further spread.

Play shines a light on mental illness in Korean community

An Asian American theater troupe, called Artists at Play, is staging a production about a topic that's hardly ever talked about in their community: Mental illness.

Pro-vaccine outcry prompts State Farm to drop Rob Schneider ad

Insurance company State Farm is pulling an ad featuring actor and comedian Rob Schneider, following a social media backlash over his anti-vaccination activism.

Which flu shot is right for you and your loved ones?

Believe it or not, flu season is just around the corner. The CDC recommends people get the shot soon after it becomes available, and preferably by October.

Is sitting really the new smoking?

Experts say smoking and sitting are habits "within our physical capabilities to stop." But is it really possible to not sit so much, if you work in an office?

California health official: Whooping cough cases are declining

The number of new cases peaked in mid-June. The state health department reports about 300 new cases of whooping cough in the two-week period ending September 15.

4 cases of enterovirus D68 reported in Calif.

Four children were hospitalized in pediatric intensive care units, but have been discharged and are doing well, according to the state epidemiologist.

If you thought IUDs were just for moms, think again

IUDs were once marketed as the birth control for moms. But they're gradually gaining traction and acceptance among young women.

Will the Apple Watch affect health and hearts?

The Watch could make wearable technology a mainstream accessory. As these devices become more common, will they transform health care?

Enterovirus outbreak FAQ: Do you need to worry about it in Calif.?

The severe respiratory illness has hit several states. California health officials don't see signs of it yet. But they're prepared, and you can be, too.