Rebecca Plevin

Health Reporter

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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 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.

1 of 2 South LA firms agrees to chromium 6 reduction plan

Aerocraft Heat Treating Co. has agreed to stop operations involving chromium if its chromium 6 emissions exceed a certain threshold.

Struggling to breathe in South LA

As regulators move to curb elevated emissions of a carcinogenic pollutant, a longtime resident of the city of Paramount talks about living in a heavily industrial zone.

Facing possible ACA repeal, clinics plan for uncertain future

The incoming Trump administration wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act and change how the federal government pays for Medicaid. That has community clinics worried.

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.