Stephanie O'Neill Health Care Correspondent

Stephanie O'Neill headshot
Contact Stephanie O'Neill

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

California's small businesses get another year to comply with ACA

California businesses with fewer than 50 workers that offer health insurance to employees now have until the end of 2015 to make their policies conform to the federal health law.

Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling may have little impact in CA

The Supreme Court rejection of the contraceptive mandate for some corporations may have little impact in states that have their own contraceptive laws.

Doctors struggle with having the end-of-life talk

Doctors are reluctant to talk about end-of-life issues: it's emotionally draining, and they don't like to admit that their patients will die.

Rote memorization creates weakness, UC Irvine study says

If detail and nuance are important in something you're trying to remember, rote memorization may not be the best way to commit it to memory, according to a new study.

Researchers ponder life after death in 'Immortality Project'

Halfway through a three-year project at UC Riverside, 10 international teams will report the preliminary findings of their research related to immortality.

Law enforcement mental health training not a panacea

Ventura County has given numerous law enforcement officers 40 hours of training in how to deal with the mentally disturbed. But there are still cracks in the system.

Isla Vista massacre: Does California need a 'gun violence restraining order' law?

California legislators are considering a bill that would make it possible to take away someone's gun rights if they are deemed a danger to themselves or others.

Should deputies have done more to prevent Isla Vista rampage?

The Santa Barbara Sheriff's Department says deputies violated no law or policy in their investigation of Elliot Rodger last month. Some observers say protocols should be amended.

Psychedelic Science: Psilocybin helps fight alcoholism

Clinical use of LSD to treat alcoholism dates to the 1950s. Researchers now prefer psilocybin, because it has less stigma and does not last as long.

Psychedelic Science: Using ecstasy to treat PTSD

MDMA is an empathogen, which increases the user's sense of trust and compassion. That has helped with PTSD sufferers who took it in studies.

Psychedelic Science: Psilocybin shows promise treating cancer anxiety

Patients who participated in studies using psilocybin to treat cancer anxiety reported an improved quality of life and better relationships with family and friends.

Psychedelic Science: The surge in psychiatric research using hallucinogens

Researchers believe psilocybin and MDMA — ecstasy — have tremendous potential as treatments for addiction, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and other conditions.

Settlement to remove suspected carcinogen from some cosmetics

An environmental group sued over the use of cocamide DEA, which puts suds in soaps and emulsifies lotions. It has been found to cause cancer in animals.

Cedars-Sinai now screening patients for depression

Clinical depression can delay physical healing and make recovery more difficult. Those displaying signs of the illness will undergo detailed screening.

Covered California enrollment is more than 3M, exceeds projections

New numbers released by Covered California show the first open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act exceeded expectations.