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

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.

Do more teens smoke when pot is legal? We still don't know

New research finds that recent pot use among Washington eighth and 10th graders increased after legalization, but there was no real change in Colorado.

Why are a handful of measles cases an 'outbreak'?

L.A. County's public health department considers the nine confirmed measles cases to be an outbreak because there were more than expected and they are linked.

Judge rejects pollution cleanup order against Paramount firm

L.A. County and the South Coast Air Quality Management District had sought an order directing Anaplex Corp. to immediately curb hexavalent chromium emissions.

7 in LA County sickened in new measles outbreak

Most of the cases identified so far are linked. None of the people were vaccinated, according to the county's preliminary investigation.

LA, AQMD suing firm to force chromium 6 emissions cuts

Anaplex Corp. of Paramount says it will reduce high emissions once a hearing board approves a plan on Jan. 5. L.A. County and the AQMD say that's too long to wait.

LA seeing fewer fentanyl deaths as trafficking rises in the state

A federal analysis finds fentanyl-related deaths more than doubled in the U.S. from 2013 to 2014. But there have been relatively few in L.A. County.

Home visits for new parents is an idea that's growing in LA

L.A. County has several voluntary home visitation programs for new parents. Two supervisors want to better coordinate and expand their work.

US pediatrics group issues warning on the online trading of breast milk

​Infants born at a very low birth weight can greatly benefit from pasteurized, donated breast milk, but families should avoid feeding babies unpasteurized breast milk acquired through the internet or other informal networks because of the risks of contamination, according to a new policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Avoid online breast milk, pediatrics group says

Citing contamination risks, the American Academy of Pediatrics warns against procuring breast milk from online sites, regardless of whether they donate it or sell it.

Anaheim dental clinic closed due to bacteria in water

Children's Dental Group replaced its on-site system this fall after the county said the clinic's water had caused infections among kids who'd had partial root canals.