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

LA, state politicians mull responses to Obamacare repeal

State lawmakers are preparing "legislative vehicles," and two L.A. County supervisors want staff to prepare options for maintaining gains in case of repeal.

SoCal Gas to pay $8.5 million to settle Porter Ranch suit

The settlement includes $1 million for a study of potential health effects, but a senior L.A. County health official and a community group say it's inadequate.

SoCal lawmakers introduce bills to reform toxics agency

The author of one bill pointed to the now-shuttered Exide Technologies battery recycling plant in Vernon to argue why the legislation is needed.

Drug-resistant bacteria identified in LA County resident

This is the first time that bacteria containing a specific gene, known as mcr-1, has been reported in the state. It was first identified in the country in May 2016.

Covered California extends deadline amid ACA uncertainty

The President's and GOP Congressional leaders' vow to overhaul the Affordable Care Act shouldn't affect consumers' 2017 health insurance coverage, experts say.

San Bernardino survivors still face workers' comp delays

Two months after county officials pledged to expedite their claims, some terror attack survivors say they still face delays in getting therapy and treatments.

LA County measles outbreak said to have hit Jewish day schools

A Jewish health care foundation says it learned from a top county public health official that the disease "first presented" in the Jewish community and the schools.

It's not too late to get a flu shot, say officials

L.A. County has four times as many confirmed cases as it did this time last year. Statewide, hospitalizations for respiratory illnesses are also up.

Planned Parenthood California braces for loss of federal funding

The group's California branch projects it would lose about 80 percent of its annual budget. Patients might need to seek care at other clinics, which are already struggling to meet demand.

Some California congressmembers boycott inauguration over Lewis feud

Dozens of members of Congress have confirmed that they are boycotting the inauguration. Many are from the California delegation.

Second Paramount firm agrees to chromium 6 reduction plan

If Anaplex Corp.'s emissions exceed a certain threshold, it must shut down any equipment that could emit the carcinogen. Aerocraft agreed to a similar plan last month.

Will Donald Trump revisit discredited vaccine/autism theory?

Vaccine skeptic Robert F. Kennedy Jr. says Trump asked him to chair a vaccine panel. A Trump spokeswoman says the president-elect might create an autism commission.

Study says health law repeal could cost California 334,000 jobs

The researchers predict most job losses would be in non-health sectors, like retail, finance and construction. One local economist questions the study.

Air district moves to expand metal processing oversight

The AQMD has decided it needs to start regulating forging plants' grinding and cutting operations, after discovering they can be a source of toxic pollution.

Am I contagious? A handy guide for cold and flu season

Doctors say you're generally contagious from about one day before symptoms begin through the second or third day of your illness.