Rebecca Plevin Health Reporter

Rebecca Plevin
Contact Rebecca Plevin

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

New campaign spotlights need for adult vaccination

A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that adult vaccination rates are low for several recommended shots.

Most doctors in survey have patients asking to delay vaccines

Nine out of 10 pediatricians and family doctors surveyed said some of their patients request spreading out the recommended vaccination schdedule.

Friday Favorites: 4 health stories you might've missed

Did Covered California mess up your tax form? Don't have a heart attack: We have advice! We also have tips for women on recognizing when they're having a heart attack.

Lawyer says more 'superbug' lawsuits coming

The lawyer for the plaintiffs in two suits filed against the maker of a medical device says more are in the works - including three wrongful death cases.

FAQ: Could this be a bad year for West Nile virus?

A perfect storm of factors has meant an unusual number of mosquitoes in Orange County this winter. Officials are preparing now for another bad year for West Nile virus.

First Person: Fighting Parkinson's by training for a 5K

USC Neurology Professor Sarah Ingersoll knows exercise helps people with Parkinson's, so she got the idea of helping people train for the LA Marathon's 5K race.

3 things to consider when choosing a hospital for childbirth

Unlike in emergency situations, parents have time to choose which hospital they want to use for childbirth. A new report lets you look up hospitals in your region.

What can you do to stop superbugs?

Patients should take antibiotics responsibly, ensure medical providers wash their hands and ask lots of questions before undergoing surgeries, CDC official says.

Friday Favorites: 4 health stories you might've missed

Are you lying awake at night, flooded with questions about superbugs or hospital sales? We have all the answers, and a potential cure for that insomnia.

Superbug FAQ: Where did it come from? What's the risk?

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center says seven patients have been infected with an antibiotic-resistant superbug that was transmitted between October and January.

'Superbug' outbreak not a threat to LA County public health

A Los Angeles County health official says a "superbug" bacterial outbreak at a local hospital doesn't pose any threat to public health.

LA Unified taking steps to track under-vaccinated kids

KPCC reported that LA Unified wasn't tracking conditional entrants. Now the district is hiring more nurses to help ensure kids get all of their shots.

Friday Favorites: 4 health stories you might've missed

What does the shift in cholesterol advice mean for people with diabetes? How is Google changing health-related searches? Get the answers in our Friday round-up.

Children's Hospital LA invests $50M in genome sequencing

With the investment, the Center for Personalized Medicine at Children's Hospital will use patients’ biological profiles to develop treatments for childhood cancer.

Answering your questions about the measles vaccine

Southern California Public Radio's health reporter, Rebecca Plevin, is in for our weekly segment, Impatient, to answer listener questions about the measles vaccine.