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

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.

Do animals enjoy drugs and suffer diseases and disorders like humans?

When are animals like humans? More often than you think, at least according to a new movement that links human and animal behaviors. KPCC's Stephanie O'Neill reports.

When are animals like humans? More often than you think (PHOTOS)

A new movement that bridges veterinary and human medicine suggests there are many psychological and health parallels between human beings and animals of all species.

Got zits? Potential new weapon against acne discovered

Scientists have discovered a virus that may provide an effective treatment against acne, which afflicts millions of people.

Childhood asthma cases linked to living near major roadways

A USC study says traffic pollution at L.A. County homes near major roads is linked to at least 8 percent of the 300,000 cases of childhood asthma in L.A. County.

Childhood obesity featured at free weekend symposium

Cal State Fullerton and UC Davis sponsor two-day conference to look at behavioral and cultural factors in California's growing childhood obesity problem.

Is your hospital a 'Top Performer'? Check out this ranking

Two-dozen Southern California hospitals earn top rankings from accreditation board for adhering to treatment protocols established for common diseases and conditions.

UCLA researchers provide yet another reason fish is great

If you need another reason to eat more fish, researchers at the UCLA are serving up some motivation: a diet without fish may cause your brain to age faster.

Study: Calif. obesity rates could double if left unchecked

Matching national trends, the state could see more than two million new cases of diabetes, heart disease, cancer and strokes

'Sexting' behavior may also mean risky sex

Researchers interviewed 1800 L.A.-area teenagers. Of those who 'sext,' nearly 4 out 5 report being sexually active.