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

New MLK hospital opens in South LA

The private, nonprofit hospital fills the void that was left following the 2007 closure of the county-run King/Drew Medical Center.

Airports on higher alert over Fourth of July weekend

A spokeswoman for Burbank's Bob Hope Airport said it was taking "appropriate measures" to ensure passengers are safe over the holiday weekend.

At South LA clinic, cost and health are intertwined

A doctor at St. John's Well Child and Family Center says knowing his diabetic patients' financial circumstances helps him manage their treatment.

Tim Donnelly starts effort to repeal vaccination bill

One day after Governor Brown signed the bill into law, the former assemblyman files paperwork to circulate a referendum to repeal it.

School vaccinations: Calif. Senate passes ban on vaccine exemptions

Gov. Jerry Brown created California's religious exemption in 2012. If he signs SB 277, the state could become the third to ban the religious exemption.

Calif. state Assembly approves controversial vaccination bill

SB 277 would require almost all children entering daycare or school to be vaccinated. The Senate must approve amendments before it heads to the governor's desk.

Intense lobbying before Assembly vote on vaccination bill

One group opposed to the bill has paid for robo calls. Another group has placed ads in the Sacramento Bee that look like political cartoons.

CDC ponders additional meningitis vaccine for teens

A CDC committee may add immunization against serogroup B meningitis to its recommended vaccinations at age 11 or 12, with a booster at 16.

Health Highlights: Colonoscopy song, sunscreen confusion

Confused about what all of those health insurance terms mean, which sunscreen to buy, or why your prescription drugs are so expensive? #JustAsk questions.

Planned Parenthood releases STD home testing app

The group says its app — currently available in California — provides testing and connects people to treatment conveniently and privately.

Impatient: Listen to our silly song about the cost of colonoscopies

Bonus: Listen to our song about the cost of colonoscopies. We hope you'll remember this next time you go to the doctor.

20 percent of prescription drug users struggle with costs: survey

Some people don't fill their prescriptions due to high drug costs, the Kaiser Family Foundation says. Others cut pills in half or skip doses.

#PriceCheck: The high costs (and horrors!) of colonoscopies

Two #PriceCheck participants are shocked by the costs associated with their colonoscopies. They say they've learned to #JustAsk about price in advance.

Health Highlights: Health care birthday, hospital charges

Some hospitals charge ten times the Medicare rate for procedures. And some hire consultants to improve the patient experience.

Impatient: Turning 26? Here's some advice on finding insurance

Young Americans can stay on their parents' health insurance plan until they turn 26 . After that? You're on your own, kids. Choosing a health plan can be confusing.