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

The 'right-to-try' experimental drugs

Certain terminally-ill Californians will now get access to experimental drugs not yet approved by the FDA. Thirty-one other states have similar laws.

The 'right-to-try' experimental drugs

Certain terminally-ill Californians will now get access to experimental drugs not yet approved by the FDA. Thirty-one other states have similar laws.

LA County supes mull jump-starting Porter Ranch health study

Air regulators and SoCal Gas are in court over the study's funding. Two supervisors want the regulators and the public health department to jump-start planning.

Prop 61 campaign gets a boost from Bernie Sanders

Californians who are still feeling the Bern are putting their support behind a California initiative to lower drug costs. A statewide bus tour kicks off this week.

Catching more cancer in women with 'dense breasts'

Many women have "dense breast” tissue, which makes it harder for mammograms to detect cancer. One SoCal doctor created an automated whole breast ultrasound to spot it better.

Measure to soften 'surprise' medical bills on Brown's desk

The measure is designed to protect patients' pocketbooks when they're billed for treatment by an out-of-network provider at an in-network facility.

Judge orders PCBs removed from Malibu schools by Dec. 2019

The decision ends a long fight between a citizens' group and the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District over how to deal with toxic PCBs in window caulking.

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.

Measure to prevent 'surprise' out-of-network medical bills heads to Gov. Brown

The bill is a response to situations in which a consumer is unknowingly treated by an out-of-network provider at an in-network facility.

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.