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

​ 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.

SoCal Gas wrapping up cleaning of Porter Ranch homes

The company says the court-ordered project cleaned the interiors of about 1,700 homes belonging to those still displaced by the natural gas leak.

County supes set aside drug take-back plan

Pharmaceutical manufacturers will not have to set up and run a countywide program as originally proposed. Instead, supervisors will review an industry education campaign in November.

LA Supervisors set to vote on drug take-back ordinance — again

The board has postponed four previous votes on a proposal that would force drug makers to design and pay for a disposal program for unused prescriptions and sharps.

California's End of Life Option Act goes into effect today. Here's how it works.

California's doctor-assisted suicide law takes effect Thursday. Doctors who agree to participate can provide lethal drugs to terminally ill patients who qualify.

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.