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

Hackers hit Long Beach-based SCAN Health Plan

SCAN says the hack occurred between March and June. The intruders saw information on some members' medical conditions, and perhaps a few Social Security numbers.

Brown gets bill on notification of big health premium rate hikes

The measure would require health plans to notify policyholders in writing if state regulators deem a premium rate hike "unreasonable or not justified."

Brown may soon get 'right-to-try' experimental drug bill

Legislation that allows terminally ill people to get access to drugs not yet approved by the FDA moves toward the governor's desk.

LA accelerator jump starts health care startups

Techstars has teamed up with Cedars-Sinai to help health care entrepreneurs turn their ideas into reality.

CA may force hospitals to notify patients about 'observation' status costs

The increasingly common practice can lead to much higher costs as unwitting patients are billed at outpatient rates while thinking they are inpatients.

FAQ: What you need to know about the meningitis outbreak

You can catch meningitis if a sick person sneezes on you, if you're exposed to their infected saliva through a kiss, or if you share eating utensils or drinks.

What is Kratom and why won't the FDA approve it as medicine?

The FDA says it causes health problems. Advocates say it cures a host of maladies.

SoCal hospitals face higher average readmission penalties

More than 100 area hospitals will receive fewer Medicare dollars for readmitting too many patients. The average penalty is higher than last year.

LA County expands distribution of HIV prevention drug

Supervisors approve $11.5 million for nine providers — including medical centers, clinics and the L.A. LGBT Center — to provide Truvada to high-risk patients.

​ How can you tell if a driver is stoned?

Lebowski doesn’t get hurt, but there are those who fear an increase in real-life risky driving if on Nov. 8 Californians vote to legalize recreational marijuana.

Can you tell if a driver is stoned?

As California voters ponder legalizing recreational marijuana, science complicates efforts to develop a reliable method for determining whether a driver is high.

USC's role in the 'Cancer Moonshot' program

One initiative seeks to create a global "cancer map" using data provided by patients around the world. The goal is to help patients make better treatment decisions.

New state budget protects assets of Medi-Cal patients after they die

California will no longer seek reimbursement for general medical care. Federal law only requires states to seek payment for nursing home care.

LA hospital, partner seek to jump start health care innovators

Cedars-Sinai and accelerator startup Techstars are investing money and providing space and numerous mentors to help firms develop new products.

Air quality reaches unhealthy levels after fires blanket SoCal

The warning level on AQMD's air quality index is red. That means it's unhealthy for everyone — not just people with respiratory problems.