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

Lung association: LA-area air among nation's worst, but improving

An American Lung Association report says LA area's air pollution is some of the worst nationwide, but the region has steadily improved air quality since 2000.

Kaiser program reduces Vicodin and Oxycontin prescriptions

Kaiser program teaches the company's doctors how to safely prescribe pain medication. Vicodyn and Oxycontin prescriptions plummeted.

Conference examines medical uses of hallucinogens

A gathering in Oakland looks at the healing potential of psychedelic drugs on hard-to-treat conditions.

Psychedelic Science conference: LSD and Ecstasy as medicine?

The 'Psychedelic Science' conference features scientists doing research on LSD to treat alcoholism, Ecstasy to treat PTSD, and psilocybin to fight tobacco addiction.

Study: Nearly 3 million Californians will qualify for help in buying health insurance

Working class families will make up a majority of those eligible for tax credits to offset the price of federally-mandated coverage.

California flu season worst one in several years, experts say

California closes a worse-than-usual flu season, with triple the number of deaths compared with last season. And the flu bug is still lurking.

Study: Petty annoyances may take a toll on your mental health

Something bugging you today? Better deal with it now or it may come back to haunt you, study says.

Get free health screenings Thursday at LA's Health Expo 2013

At LA County's Health Expo 2013, you'll be able to check your blood sugar, get an eye exam, take an HIV test, get a dental checkup, and more -- all for free.

California's health is improving on a variety of fronts

The 20th annual report card on California's public health finds the rates of several diseases down, although the state did not meet national goals in some areas.

Study: high school grads don't shrink as much when they're older

Education, income, and where we live may all play a role in how much we shrink in old age, according to a study by US and Chinese economists.

Calif. smokers could pay higher health insurance under Obamacare

A "tobacco surcharge" in the Affordable Care Act could lead to higher health premiums for smokers. But a bill in the California assembly would block higher rates in the state.

California pilot program to help those in Medicare and Medi-Cal

The three-year pilot program is designed to integrate services under one plan, offer more benefits, and save the system money.

Study: New approach to slow HIV may generate a more resistant virus:

USC researchers say aggressive early treatment of HIV infections could create drug-resistant strains of the virus.

Study: most ovarian cancer patients not getting recommended care

A UC Irvine study suggests that nearly two-thirds of California women with ovarian cancer do not receive treatment recommended by national cancer group.

Website with outpatient surgery center data lacks key details

An online listing of outpatient surgery centers is incomplete and lacks required information on owners, their license numbers and accreditation problems.