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

More pediatricians cut ties with parents who refuse vaccines

The percentage of families refusing vaccines, and of pediatricians who stopped seeing such families, roughly doubled between 2006 and 2013, according to a survey.

Pediatricians' group: End non-medical vaccine exemptions

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends states eliminate vaccine exemptions based on religion or personal beliefs, as California has done.

LA County treating few people for hepatitis C

L.A. County says patients should be drug-free for at least six months before getting hepatitis C medication. Medi-Cal recommends treatment for IV drug users.

3 LA pregnancy centers no longer violating notification law

The centers had 30 days to come into compliance with the law, which is designed to ensure women know their options when dealing with unplanned pregnancies.

Fearful of opioid addiction, some under-medicate

Despite debilitating pain from a motorcycle accident, Gena Olson resisted taking opioids. She feared her history of depression and anxiety could lead to addiction.

LA Supervisors expand special HIV program

As part of the program, doctors, nurses and social workers provide HIV patients with medical care and support with mental health, substance abuse and housing issues.

'Higher than usual' West Nile virus risk in LA County

Vector control crews have found three times as many mosquito samples infected with West Nile than at this point last year.

Where to get a free meningitis shot in LA and Orange counties

Along with a pop-up vaccination clinic that travels to Orange County gay bars and clubs, there are a number of clinics that offer the immunization.

FAQ: What you need to know about the meningitis outbreak

You can catch meningitis if a sick person sneezes on you, if you're exposed to their infected saliva through a kiss, or if you share eating utensils or drinks.

2 infants born in Calif. with Zika-related birth defects

In both cases, the mothers contracted the virus while pregnant, after spending time in a country where the virus is being transmitted.

Chronic pain sufferers using opioids: Don't stigmatize us

Opioids are designed to treat short-term acute pain, but experts say in certain cases they can be used long term. Two patients tell their stories.

3 LA pregnancy centers are violating the law

L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer has notified the centers that they have 30 days to post notification about abortion services or they will face a civil penalty.

Sand Canyon resident who lost home: 'It looks like hell'

Christina and Drew Pease did the best they could to prepare for this year's fire danger, but nothing could have stopped the Sand Fire from destroying her home.

Sand Fire: Most evacuations lifted as fire slows

The fire has burned about 52 square miles in just three days, but most evacuations were set to end Monday evening. The fire has destroyed at least 18 homes.

More Colorado youngsters exposed to pot after legalization

A study finds 225 cases of under-10 marijuana exposure from 2009-2015, but the number jumped significantly after recreational pot became legal in Colorado in 2014.