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

Economy, health care top election issues (PDF)

Likely voters in both major parties list the economy and health care policy among their concerns this election season.

Biotech firms win $20 million in California stem cell grants

California's stem cell research agency awards $20 million to biotech firms for research and development of therapies for diabetes and a rare blood disease.

ADA campaign making kids aware of Halloween "Zombie Mouth"

The sugary facts about Halloween and "Zombie Mouth" – a campaign to promote non-sugary treats for trick-or-treaters as part of good oral hygiene.

Prostate cancer database helps patients avoid complications

A new online database is designed to let patients track the progression of their disease before they seek aggressive treatments.

Scientist hunt hantavirus clues in Yosemite this week

The California Department of Public Health has invited Yosemite National Park employees to undergo blood tests in an effort to learn more about last summer's hantavirus outbreak.

Study: Does sleep do more for health than just rest your brain?

Sleep may play a bigger role in maintaining health and metabolism than researchers previously thought, a new Cedars-Sinai report concludes.

UCI awarded $1 million to combat elder abuse

The University of California, Irvine has won a $1 million federal grant to test a program designed to combat elder abuse.

Tainted steroids linked to meningitis may have gone to SoCal

Patients at two Southland health facilities are among those that may have received potentially contaminated medication linked to a rare form of fungal meningitis.

Skin cancer self-exam as easy as your ABCs

In sunny climates, everyone's subject to the possibility of skin cancer. Self-examination is one way to determine your risk.

Bubonic Plague found in Riverside County ground squirrel

Public health officials in Riverside County call the discovery of a bubonic plague-infected squirrel cause for concern but not alarm. They offer campground visitors some tips to avoid infection.

Parents & coaches can monitor risks for concussions in kids

Some of America’s favorite sports roll out this season. But along with the fun and exercise, children face health risks. Here's how parents can monitor those risks.

UCLA wins grant to promote exercise & healthy diets

The $20 million grant is to battle obesity in minority neighborhoods. It aims to make it easier for people to drop sedentary habits and embrace healthy living.

CicLAvia invites you to cycle your way to better health

City officials are billing L.A.’s 5th CicLAvia as a 9.1 mile “linear” park for Angelinos to bike, skate and walk their way to better health.

Live blog: 405 work finished, freeway open once again

Documenting the demolition and other work on the 405 as it happens from the staff of KPCC.

Brown signs bill making it harder to get vaccine exemptions for kids

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Sunday that requires parents who don’t want their kids to receive immunizations to first talk with a licensed health care practitioner.