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

Flu Update: California reports higher doctor visits, hospitalizations (maps)

State medical officials are now reporting higher than usual influenza-related hospitalizations and doctor visits. Check out our online tools to help track the spread of the disease — and help you cope with it.

State health officials announce recall local brand of pasta

State health officials announce recall of pasta products by a San Gabriel-based food company that failed to place allergy warnings on its labels.

CIRM proposes changes to improve independent oversight

CIRM plans to adopt some recommendations to help California's stem cell agency avoid perceptions of conflict of interest and sustain its future.

Study: Is it impolite to stare? Or just human nature?

You've been taught it's not polite to stare, but a University of Southern California study suggests there's a good reason why we do.

Sibling war deployment increases teen drug use

USC study finds drug and alcohol use highest among those teens whose parents or siblings are sent to war.

Kaiser study finds significant jump in ADHD diagnoses

A large-scale Kaiser Permanente study finds a significant jump in ADHD diagnoses among young patients.

Study: California faces a looming dental crisis (PDF)

Overburdened Medi-Cal won’t be able to handle the influx of nearly a million additional children into its dental program, says Children's Partnership report.

CA officials ask: Are you prepared for the 'Big One'? (Photos)

On the 19th anniversary of the Northridge earthquake, a state agency reminds home owners and apartment dwellers how to prepare.

9 SoCal cities lauded for tobacco prevention

Only nine Southern California cities earn an overall top grade in the American Lung Association's annual tobacco control report.

Childhood obesity linked to other illnesses in kids

The first large-scale, national survey of its kind suggests that obesity among kids exposes them to a slew of childhood health problems.

Law mandating mental health treatment may become easier to implement

A California lawmaker prepares legislation to make it easier for counties to implement a law that mandates outpatient treatment for certain severely mentally ill patients.

Brown says he'll expand Medi-Cal to all eligible under ACA

Gov. Brown commits to a full expansion of MediCal as part of federal health reform, but beneficiaries now eligible won't get the same coverage.

Living in the US could be hazardous to your health

Study find US residents live shorter and unhealthier lives than those in 16 other high-income nations, despite spending far more on health care.

Help save the community hospital with your ideas

"Crowdsourcing" game seeks your ideas on how to save the community hospital.

UCLA study says genetics may play key role in obesity (PDF)

UCLA study says genetics may play key role in obesity, perhaps as great as dietary choices.