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

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.

Fiscal cliff legislation means $15B less in Medicare for hospitals

Hospitals lose billions in reimbursements under last-minute Congressional deal to avert fiscal cliff tax hikes and spending cuts.

OC man dies of flu-related illness

The first influenza-related death in Orange County is prompting health officials to urge all to get flu shots as soon as possible.

Rose Parade float encourages life-saving organ donations (Photos)

The Donate Life organization marks its 10th year of sponsoring a float that honors organ donors and their recipients.

Rose Parade volunteers enjoy their decorating gig

Tournament of Roses Parade volunteers enjoy the hours spent gluing colorful seeds and flower petals on floats throughout Pasadena.

Can binge drinking on New Year's Eve trigger a stroke?

Doctors say that limiting alcohol consumption on New Year's Eve is key to staving off Holiday Heart Syndrome, which can lead to atrial fibrillation.

Polluted storm drain runoffs could make beach goers sick

If you're going to celebrate Christmas at the beach, enjoy it - but stay away from discharging storm drains and creeks that feed into the ocean.

More than 2 million CA adults have considered suicide

A UCLA study finds that 2.4 million California adults have seriously considered committing suicide in their lifetimes.

Renewed federal gun violence research needed: health experts

Public health experts say it's time for Congress to restore funding to gunfire injury prevention research after a 16-year moratorium.