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

Exide, state fight over lead contamination data

Exide wants more data about lead contamination in Vernon. The state says releasing this data would threaten the privacy rights of lead-poisoned children.

Sealants prevent cavities, but many poor kids don't get them

Dental sealants can prevent 80 percent of cavities in the back teeth, but low-income kids are 20 percent less likely to get them, the CDC says.

California needs more Latino doctors, group says

Latinos comprise nearly 40 percent of California's population, but just four percent of the state's physicians are Latinos. And that gap is only expected to widen.

Device used in open heart surgery could cause infections

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning doctors and patients that a device that regulates temperature during the operation could be contaminated.

Transgender man's suit is latest clash over hospital chain's Catholic ethics

The Dignity Health hospital chain, "rooted in the Catholic tradition," won't cover a transgender Arizona employee's transition-related care.

LA County to require hospitals to report 'superbug' infections

The Department of Public Health says a mandatory reporting policy will help it monitor infections more closely and track emerging strains.

All LA 'pregnancy centers' now comply with notification law

The law requires licensed clinics to post information about free and low-cost abortions, and unlicensed facilities must disclose their status.

SoCal blood banks now screening for Zika

Travelers to active Zika areas can now give blood right away. But because the test is still experimental, minors must get parental consent to donate.

Prop. 61, the drug pricing initiative, explained

The statewide ballot measure would require some state agencies to pay no more than what the VA does for prescription drugs. It's sparked a hugely expensive fight.

Prop. 61, the drug pricing initiative, explained

The statewide ballot measure would require some state agencies to pay no more than what the VA does for prescription drugs. It's sparked a hugely expensive fight.

Transgender man sues Dignity for not covering transition care

The RN works for a Dignity hospital in Arizona. He claims the company's refusal to cover treatments for gender dysphoria violates his civil rights under federal law.

14 kids may have gotten infected at Anaheim dental clinic

The Orange County Health Care Agency says more cases could still be identified, since symptoms of the infection can take months to show up.

Would more teens smoke if recreational pot were legal?

As Californians prepare to vote on Proposition 64, many are asking if teenagers' pot use would increase if recreational marijuana were legal.

Controversial Dr. Sears faces another medical board complaint

Another family has filed a state Medical Board complaint against pediatrician Dr. Bob Sears. They've been outspoken about the need for higher vaccination rates.

Here's why your doctor won't recommend FluMist this season

During last year's flu season, FluMist provided children with no protective benefit, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. It's not sure why.