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

Are IUDs contributing to the rise of STDs?

Experts are worried that they might be. They say as more women use IUDs, there should be more education about the importance of using condoms to prevent STDs.

Steady rise in CA's STD rates frustrates public health officials

The state Department of Public Health says more than 250,000 cases of STDs were reported in 2016, a 40 percent increase compared with five years ago.

A 'potentially powerful model' for treating sickle cell

A sickle cell clinic in South L.A. is believed to be the first of its kind: It brings primary and specialty care providers under one roof to treat the disease.

Solis calls for cleaning parkways, inside homes near Exide

Supervisor Hilda Solis says the state toxic department's effort will be incomplete unless it does a thorough internal and external cleaning of homes near Exide.

DACA fight is also about people working in health care

More than 70 medical groups have asked Congress to provide DACA recipients with legal status, noting that some work in health care, or want to.

San Diego's hepatitis A outbreak spurs LA, OC to act

The two counties are conducting aggressive vaccination and outreach programs to keep the highly contagious virus from spreading north.

Some parents may have found a loophole in California's vaccine law

The law eliminated vaccine exemptions based on personal beliefs. After it took effect, the number of kindergartners with a medical exemption increased threefold.

As California's stroke death rate climbs, here's how to spot the signs

The rate started rising from 2013 through 2015 after more than a decade of decline. The CDC says most strokes are preventable, so it's critical to spot the signs.

AirTalk asks: Your success and failure in using alternative medicine and treatments

Some people, especially here in Southern California, try to avoid prescription medication when possible.

Why do patients undergo alternative, unproven treatments?

Some people in Southern California try to avoid prescription medication. Others turn to alternative medicine after getting frustrated with Western medicine.

IV hydrogen peroxide: Unproven and possibly dangerous

Naturopathic doctors claim the therapy can help with everything from sinus infections to cancer. Experts say it's never been studied and shouldn't be used.

Should movies with smoking get an 'R' rating?

Seventeen public health and medical groups say yes. The MPAA declines to comment. The nation's top tobacco company says it's against smoking in youth-oriented films.

Pediatricians urged to study up on herbs, supplements, yoga

A new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics advises doctors on how to talk with parents about using evidence-based "complementary therapies" on their kids.

Some LAUSD water fountains still have lead in them

The district estimates it will take until the end of next year to repair or remove from service the fountains at about 280 campuses.

Many breast, ovarian cancer survivors should take this test

A simple genetic test can detect a mutation that puts a woman at risk of a recurrence. But a UCLA study finds most who should take the test, don't.