Rebecca Plevin Health Reporter

Rebecca Plevin
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Rebecca Plevin is a Health Reporter at KPCC.

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, The California Report, Latino USA, and Capital Public Radio's health documentary series, The View From Here. She has 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, a certified yoga teacher and an avid rock climber.

Stories by Rebecca Plevin

California health official: Whooping cough cases are declining

The number of new cases peaked in mid-June. The state health department reports about 300 new cases of whooping cough in the two-week period ending September 15.

4 cases of enterovirus D68 reported in Calif.

Four children were hospitalized in pediatric intensive care units, but have been discharged and are doing well, according to the state epidemiologist.

If you thought IUDs were just for moms, think again

IUDs were once marketed as the birth control for moms. But they're gradually gaining traction and acceptance among young women.

Will the Apple Watch affect health and hearts?

The Watch could make wearable technology a mainstream accessory. As these devices become more common, will they transform health care?

Enterovirus outbreak FAQ: Do you need to worry about it in Calif.?

The severe respiratory illness has hit several states. California health officials don't see signs of it yet. But they're prepared, and you can be, too.

The persistence of the vaccine-autism controversy

An academic journal publishes, and then pulls, a study purporting to show a link between vaccines and autism. The episode fuels vaccination foes' belief in a coverup.

Advanced dementia patients often prescribed unnecessary drugs, study finds

The study in JAMA Internal Medicine concludes doctors are giving their terminally ill dementia patients a lot of drugs that won't help them, and might harm them.

Orange County delays spraying for West Nile Virus

Orange County had planned to start spraying four sections of Santa Ana on Tuesday. Large numbers of mosquitoes there are infected with West Nile.

Doctor calls for action on 'crazy' health costs

A retired Orange County doctor is surprised to learn of the wild price variations for the thousands of ultrasounds and CAT scans he ordered during his career.

More California parents opting out of vaccinating their kids

A Los Angeles Times analysis finds parents are choosing not to vaccinate their children at twice the rate of seven years ago.

Data shows clinics keep mental health patients out of jail

LA county mental health patients who visited an urgent care clinic stayed out of jail and psychiatric emergency rooms for the following month, according to county data.

Special clinics help keep mentally ill out of jail and ERs

Mental health urgent care centers stabilize people in psychiatric crisis, and connect them to outpatient mental health care and/or alcohol and drug treatment.

West Nile virus deaths reported in LA, Orange counties

Most are at low risk for serious illness from West Nile virus. But the elderly, and those with weak immune systems, are at greater risk for severe symptoms.

How much should a vasectomy cost?

I called several urological specialists in the Los Angeles area and, to the amusement of my co-workers, asked about the cost of a vasectomy. It pays to ask.

Does 'futile" care needlessly clog the ICU?

A study finds two people died while awaiting transfer to an intensive care unit, which was full and contained at least one patient receiving futile care.