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

Urgent care clinics sluggish in adopting opioid guidelines

Just 91 of the county's 281 clinics have adopted guidelines designed to combat prescription opioid abuse. An officials says cold calls and door-knocking may be next.

Planned Parenthood branches vow to fight Senate bill

Now that the Senate may join the House in voting to defund the group, it plans to do everything from lobbying to "seeking legal avenues" to protect its federal support.

LA County Health to Paramount plant: Stop emitting odors

Following a similar move by the AQMD, the L.A. County Department of Public Health says odors from Carlton Forge Works are a public nuisance and must be curtailed.

Paramount homes and soil will be tested for Chromium 6

L.A. County and state officials are testing soil for the carcinogen. The county is also testing air and dust inside some homes. Some results are expected by early July.

Air district takes action against smelly Paramount facility

The AQMD has issued 17 notices of violation against Carlton Forge Works and has received nearly 200 complaints regarding odors coming from the facility.

LA County may use public health money to hire gang workers

Supervisors may shift $190,000 of public health funds to hire eight intervention workers for Parks After Dark. They would initially work at two South L.A. parks.

Homeless shelters are a new front in fighting hepatitis C

IV drug users are most likely to get the disease, so the idea is to provide the medication they need where they are — in this case, at L.A.'s Midnight Mission.

LA County, community team up for huge Exide outreach push

Some 1,500 county health employees and community volunteers plan to visit more than 20,000 homes to survey people about their health and explain lead dangers.

6 things you need to know about the mumps outbreak

Everything you need to know to protect yourself against mumps during the current outbreak in L.A. County and surrounding areas.

AQMD to monitor for chromium 6 at two Compton metal plants

Air regulators decided to begin monitoring for the carcinogen at the two metal processors based on recent inspection reports and their location near homes.

AQMD to share details of chromium 6 monitoring in Compton

The agency is slated to announce which chromium plating and anodizing plants in the Compton area it will monitor for possible excess emissions of the carcinogen.

New test could slow growth of drug-resistant gonorrhea

A UCLA professor says the test can determine who can be treated with an older antiobiotic,which could slow the development of resistance against a heavily-used drug.

CA attorney general seeks to defend cost-sharing subsidies

Xavier Becerra joined a legal effort to intervene in a federal lawsuit to defend the subsidies that reduce out-of-pocket health costs for lower-income people.

Rep. Barragan seeks urgent testing for chromium 6 in Compton

Air district staff detected total chromium near metal processing facilities in Compton, but say this doesn't indicate whether the cancer-causing compound is present.

UC Riverside to study Pacific Islander mental health

It's one of the first grants from the National Institute of Mental Health focused on the mental health needs of Pacific Islanders.