Rebecca Plevin Health Reporter
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
The plant wants to start running seven days a week. Regulators say it's safe. An opponent asks why it has to be in the South L.A. city, already home to so many polluters.
L.A. County's public health department orders the four firms to cut levels of the carcinogen. Two of them say the county got its facts wrong.
SoCalGas must keep the volume and pressure of gas at less than one-third of what it was in October 2015 when the gas well ruptured.
The move is sure to anger many in the nearby Porter Ranch community, who have been fighting to keep the facility closed permanently since the leak.
A California appeals court has temporarily halted the restart of a Los Angeles gas storage facility that was closed by a major blowout.
The AQMD cited Lubeco, Inc., on the Long Beach-Paramount border. The agency says it's working with the firm on a plan to reduce its emissions of the carcinogen.
The study in The Lancet identifies risk factors that increase people's likelihood of developing dementia, including obesity in mid-life and smoking after age 65.
The University of Southern California has a five-year, $2 million-a-year grant from the Department of Health and Human Services. It's ending two years early.
"As the program became more brown, the state invested less green" for provider reimbursements, says a plaintiff lawyer. The state says it hasn't found systemic access issues.
Cal/OSHA says Anaplex didn't give its workers protective clothing or goggles, and Aerocraft exposed its employees to a possible fall into a vat of hazardous material.
Activists say kids' health is being jeopardized because there's not enough money to clean up several thousand lead-contaminated properties near the former facility.
Regulators only have money to remove soil from some 2,500 properties around the old battery recycler. They will need more funds to clean thousands more that need it.
The percentage of babies born full-term and at normal weight improved across all regions of the county and all ethnic groups between 2007 and 2012, according to USC.
A survey of 4,200 people near the former battery recycling plant reveal people's fears about their health and frustration with the pace of the cleanup.
The rate of hepatitis C shot up 55 percent among young men ages 20-29 between 2007 and 2015, and 37 percent among women in that group.