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

Paramount firms take steps to limit chromium 6

The two metal processors sent letters to the L.A. County Department of Public Health laying out steps they have taken to reduce chromium 6 emissions.

San Bernardino survivors stymied by worker's comp denials

One year after the terror attack, surviving county employees are frustrated that their workers' compensation requests for medicine and therapy have been denied.

South LA companies emitting high levels of chromium 6

The AQMD names two metal processing companies as sources of dangerously high emissions of the carcinogen. It says other firms are guilty of the same violation.

FDA considers changes to gay blood donation rules

The agency is seeking public comments on how to most effectively identify people at high risk of transmitting HIV through blood donation.

Rally to support Obamacare, oppose Trump changes

About 200 people gathered Tuesday to back the Affordable Care Act, the health insurance law that President-elect Donald Trump pledged to repeal and replace.

LA considers drug take-back ordinances. Again.

The board may review the experiences of counties that require the drug industry to set up take-back programs. L.A. County balked at a mandatory program in June.

Ranks of untreated, depressed US teens grow, survey finds

The number of depressed teenagers grew by more than a half million between 2005 and 2014. But the proportion of teens getting treatment didn't change.

Air district investigating pollution spike in Paramount

Air monitors detected hexavalent chromium, or chromium 6, at 350 times the typical background level in a mostly industrial section of the city last week.

Uncertainty in California as Trump targets health law

Trump and the GOP Congress plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act. They have not worked out exactly what will replace it.

Study links frequent vaping to regular tobacco smoking

A study of more than 3,000 Los Angeles high school students finds the more young people use e-cigarettes, the more likely they are to smoke cigarettes frequently.

State launches campaign to reduce HIV infections, AIDS deaths

State and local health officials hope to cut new HIV infections at least in half, and AIDS-related deaths by more than one-third, by 2021.

LA Public Health gives voluntary drug take-back program an F

The county's interim health director says drug makers are not complying with a take-back plan for drugs and "sharps" laid out by the board of supervisors in June.

LA County may let more hospitals detain psychiatric patients

If the supervisors approve the project, it would be the first time the county has granted this authority to a hospital without its own inpatient psychiatric unit.

In shift, LA County to give hepatitis C treatment to IV drug users

The shift comes two months after KPCC reported that L.A. County's refusal to approve treatment for active IV drug users did not align with Medi-Cal's policy.

California job-based health costs grew more slowly after Obamacare

While average premiums for plans bought through Covered California are increasing by 13 percent, premiums for work-based policies are growing much more slowly.