Stephanie O'Neill Health Care Correspondent

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Stephanie O’Neill is the Health Care Correspondent for Southern California Public Radio. Her multi-platform journalism career includes reporting for public radio, public television and newspapers, including three years as a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, four years as a staff reporter/columnist for the Contra Costa Times and two years as the first Los Angeles Bureau Chief for KQED’s statewide radio magazine, the "California Report.” She’s also been published in national magazines, including Columbia Journalism Review, New York Lawyer Magazine and Consumer Reports publications.

Prior to joining Southern California Public Radio, Stephanie produced hundreds of feature stories and breaking news reports that aired on NPR, Marketplace, Monitor Radio, AP Radio, the BBC and CBS Radio’s "The Osgood File." Her coverage has included environmental, legal and political features as well as reports on the 1992 L.A. Riot, the OJ Simpson criminal/civil trials and many of California’s largest earthquakes, floods and fires.

Stephanie's work has won awards from the Associated Press Television and Radio Association, the Los Angeles Press Club and the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club. She is a 2014 NPR-Kaiser Health News Fellow and a 2013-2014 Fellow of the Regional Health Journalism Program conducted by the Association of Health Care Journalists.

Stephanie earned a law degree from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles and a B.A. In Political Science/Public Policy from the University of California, Davis.

Away from work, Stephanie enjoys riding her horses, hiking with her dogs and hanging out with her human friends and family.

Stories by Stephanie O'Neill

Malibu schools PCB trial may have national implications

A lawsuit accuses the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District of violating federal law by failing to remove PCB-laden caulk from three schools.

Vote on LA County drug take-back proposal delayed again

Supervisor Antonovich will ask for another delay, this time to June 14. He also will call for the development of an interim take-back program.

What if hospitals opt out of California's assisted suicide law?

Huntington Hospital in Pasadena is considering joining with Catholic hospitals in not participating with the law, which takes effect June 9. Will it matter?

CA fines Anthem for violating customers' grievance rights

The $415,000 fine covers 83 violations. They include failure to resolve an enrollee’s grievance and failure to adequately explain the reason for denying treatment.

LA County may force pharma to fund drug, sharps disposal

L.A. County Supervisors are considering an ordinance that would require pharmaceutical firms to fund the nation’s largest drug and needle take-back program.

Covered California wants everyone to have a primary care doctor

PPO plans, which don't require primary care referrals to see specialists, now must assign members a primary care doctor — but members don't have to use them.

California considers a free hotline — for assisted suicide

A bill that would create a phone line with information about the state's new physician-assisted suicide law clears its first legislative hurdle.

Can the air in Porter Ranch homes pass the test?

Health officials want to know why 62 percent of Porter Ranch households surveyed report headaches, nausea and other problems even though the gas leak is capped.

Another try to block 'surprise' medical bills

A proposed bill would limit how much patients can be charged when they're unknowingly treated by a provider outside of their network.

Kaiser's new medical school will be in Pasadena

Kaiser will tear down one of its office buildings to make way for the school. The company chose Pasadena because it's a culturally diverse, "livable city."

Door-to-door Porter Ranch health survey starts Thursday

County health workers will be visiting homes in Porter Ranch to survey residents about any ongoing health problems associated with the massive gas leak.

Ventura County adopts 'Laura's Law' program

The law will help ensure those with severe mental illness get treatment. Ventura County becomes the 13th in California to fully adopt the program

Malibu's toxic test case heads to court

The discovery of high levels of toxic PCBs at Malibu schools has touched off political and legal fights over how the school district should handle the problem.

Did the Porter Ranch gas leak cause long-term health damage?

Experts say answering that question won't be easy, partly because there haven't been similar leaks of this size and duration in a large suburban area.

How officials are testing Porter Ranch air

Experts are uncertain about the long-term health affects of some of the chemicals that have leaked. Here's how officials are monitoring the air around the gas leak.