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

Air district investigating pollution spike in Paramount

Air monitors detected hexavalent chromium, or chromium 6, at 350 times the typical background level in a mostly industrial section of the city last week.

Uncertainty in California as Trump targets health law

Trump and the GOP Congress plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act. They have not worked out exactly what will replace it.

Study links frequent vaping to regular tobacco smoking

A study of more than 3,000 Los Angeles high school students finds the more young people use e-cigarettes, the more likely they are to smoke cigarettes frequently.

State launches campaign to reduce HIV infections, AIDS deaths

State and local health officials hope to cut new HIV infections at least in half, and AIDS-related deaths by more than one-third, by 2021.

LA Public Health gives voluntary drug take-back program an F

The county's interim health director says drug makers are not complying with a take-back plan for drugs and "sharps" laid out by the board of supervisors in June.

LA County may let more hospitals detain psychiatric patients

If the supervisors approve the project, it would be the first time the county has granted this authority to a hospital without its own inpatient psychiatric unit.

In shift, LA County to give hepatitis C treatment to IV drug users

The shift comes two months after KPCC reported that L.A. County's refusal to approve treatment for active IV drug users did not align with Medi-Cal's policy.

California job-based health costs grew more slowly after Obamacare

While average premiums for plans bought through Covered California are increasing by 13 percent, premiums for work-based policies are growing much more slowly.

Exide, state fight over lead contamination data

Exide wants more data about lead contamination in Vernon. The state says releasing this data would threaten the privacy rights of lead-poisoned children.

Sealants prevent cavities, but many poor kids don't get them

Dental sealants can prevent 80 percent of cavities in the back teeth, but low-income kids are 20 percent less likely to get them, the CDC says.

California needs more Latino doctors, group says

Latinos comprise nearly 40 percent of California's population, but just four percent of the state's physicians are Latinos. And that gap is only expected to widen.

Device used in open heart surgery could cause infections

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning doctors and patients that a device that regulates temperature during the operation could be contaminated.

Transgender man's suit is latest clash over hospital chain's Catholic ethics

The Dignity Health hospital chain, "rooted in the Catholic tradition," won't cover a transgender Arizona employee's transition-related care.

LA County to require hospitals to report 'superbug' infections

The Department of Public Health says a mandatory reporting policy will help it monitor infections more closely and track emerging strains.

All LA 'pregnancy centers' now comply with notification law

The law requires licensed clinics to post information about free and low-cost abortions, and unlicensed facilities must disclose their status.