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

Paramount residents push back against medical waste facility

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.

4 more Paramount metal plants told to cut chromium 6 emissions

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.

FAQ: SoCalGas has reopened Aliso Canyon — What's different?

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.

SoCal Gas resumes injections at Aliso Canyon

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.

Aliso Canyon faces another legal hurdle before reopening

A California appeals court has temporarily halted the restart of a Los Angeles gas storage facility that was closed by a major blowout.

3rd metal plant cited amid new chromium 6 spikes in Paramount

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.

Eat better, exercise more to stave off dementia, study suggests

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.

Federal government ends teen pregnancy prevention grants

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.

California violates civil rights of Latinos on Medi-Cal, suit says

"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.

Toxic metal plants cited for not protecting workers from hazardous materials

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.

Advocates: Exide plan leaves many to 'fend for ourselves'

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.

Exide: The 'largest cleanup of its kind ever in California'

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.

LA County moms delivering more full-term, normal weight babies

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.

Residents near Exide want action on lead, survey says

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.

Hepatitis C rates ballooning among young IV drug users

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.