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

SoCal blood banks now screening for Zika

Travelers to active Zika areas can now give blood right away. But because the test is still experimental, minors must get parental consent to donate.

Prop. 61, the drug pricing initiative, explained

The statewide ballot measure would require some state agencies to pay no more than what the VA does for prescription drugs. It's sparked a hugely expensive fight.

Prop. 61, the drug pricing initiative, explained

The statewide ballot measure would require some state agencies to pay no more than what the VA does for prescription drugs. It's sparked a hugely expensive fight.

Transgender man sues Dignity for not covering transition care

The RN works for a Dignity hospital in Arizona. He claims the company's refusal to cover treatments for gender dysphoria violates his civil rights under federal law.

14 kids may have gotten infected at Anaheim dental clinic

The Orange County Health Care Agency says more cases could still be identified, since symptoms of the infection can take months to show up.

Would more teens smoke if recreational pot were legal?

As Californians prepare to vote on Proposition 64, many are asking if teenagers' pot use would increase if recreational marijuana were legal.

Controversial Dr. Sears faces another medical board complaint

Another family has filed a state Medical Board complaint against pediatrician Dr. Bob Sears. They've been outspoken about the need for higher vaccination rates.

Here's why your doctor won't recommend FluMist this season

During last year's flu season, FluMist provided children with no protective benefit, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. It's not sure why.

FAQ: What is West Nile virus?

Seventy to 80 percent of those infected by a mosquito never get sick. About 20 percent have headaches, aches and pains. Less than one-tenth of 1 percent die.

CA's battle over childhood immunization shifts to OC ‘anti-vaxx’ doc Bob Sears

The state medical board is accusing prominent Orange County pediatrician Dr. Bob Sears of "gross negligence" for improperly excusing a 2-year-old child from immunizations in 2014.

Experts say Dr. Sears offers bad advice on vaccinations

Sears includes lupus, diabetes, celiac disease and eczema on his list of conditions that can earn a medical exemption from vaccination. Experts say he's wrong.

SoCal school districts' different tactics to implement vaccination law

At Santa Ana Unified, students missing shots weren't allowed to attend class until they were up to date. Riverside Unified vaccinated kids at its health center.

A call for more nurse practitioners in county jails

L.A. County Supervisor Hilda Solis suggests beefing up the nurse practitioner ranks in the jails by helping up to 20 registered nurses get advanced degrees.

Bill fighting doctor shopping on Gov. Brown's desk

The measure would require doctors to check a patient's drug history before prescribing opioids and other controlled substances.

Clinic for people with sickle cell disease opens in LA

The L.A. County clinic will provide comprehensive care to people with the inherited blood disorder, which mostly affects African-Americans.