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. She's earned an LA Press Club Award for best blog and the George Gruner Award for Meritorious Public Service in Journalism (twice!), 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

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.

Coachella sprays for mosquitoes — again

For the second week in a row, the city will try to rid several Coachella neighborhoods of Zika-carrying Aedes aegypti mosquitoes.

New Medi-Cal rules ease access to hepatitis C drugs

State data show a drop in denials of requests from Medi-Cal fee-for-service patients. The vast majority still don't get the drugs, however.

Medical groups join fight against drug pricing ballot measure

The initiative would cap what the state pays at no more than the lowest price the VA pays. The CMA and others back the drug manufacturer-funded No campaign.

At 5K, veterans eye finish line and voting booth

Veterans and their families say they will go to the polls next Tuesday to vote for more benefits for veterans, including more housing and better counseling.

LA City Attorney, county to enforce new abortion notice law

Last week, the L.A. City Attorney sent letters to six "crisis pregnancy centers," informing them of their obligation to tell clients abortion is an option.

A case for expanding access to costly hepatitis C drugs

Two new analyses suggest that treating people during earlier stages of the disease saves insurers in the long run by avoiding expensive complications.

How Kaiser, Blue Shield will seek to limit opioid overdoses

The HMO and the health insurer are working to get doctors to reduce the prescribed daily dosage to below the level at which the overdose risk skyrockets.

Stressed out? Comfort food might actually help

A study shows that eating when stressed can lead to lowered stress levels. Another study finds it's unclear whether comfort eating can improve your mood.

Why it's so hard to track the powerful opioid fentanyl

It's often mixed with more popular opioids, and doctors don't always order the separate lab analysis that's often needed to detect fentanyl.

California clarifies: Schools must serve unvaccinated special ed kids

Some school districts were unsure how the state's new vaccination law applies to children on Individualized Education Programs.