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

Healthy living aids memory, no matter your age

Eating well, exercise and not smoking may help stave off milder memory problems throughout adult life, according to a large-scale UCLA study.

Horses help heal the wounds of combat with equine-assisted therapy

Horses help veterans and active-duty soldiers process PTSD in a way that traditional talk therapy can't.

Judge: Some key health workers can't strike against UCLA, UC Irvine (PDF)

A Superior Court judge limits which workers can join the 48-hour strike against the five UC Medical Centers. The walkout is set to start 4 a.m. Tuesday.

Study: older, sicker men may want to avoid prostate cancer treatment

A longitudinal study hopes to help doctors better identify those patients who should avoid aggressive prostate cancer treatments.

State gives grants to explain new health exchange to Californians

The state is handing out $37 million in grants to 48 organizations to educate Californians about how to sign up for health insurance with the new statewide exchange.

Campaign says acting 'FAST' is key to surviving strokes

May is stroke awareness month. The American Heart Association is promoting its "Spot a Stroke FAST" campaign to help you identify the common signs of stroke.

Federal government releases data comparing hospital bills

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issues a list of prices for 100 procedures at 3,300 U.S. hospitals. Critics say the information just confuses the issue.

Breeders' Cup backs away from plan to expand Lasix ban

The Breeders' Cup World Championships banned Lasix for two-year-olds, and planned to expand it to all ages. But the race's leaders decided not to expand the ban.

UCLA gets federal grant to fast-track autism drug experiments

The NIH is giving UCLA $9 million to create a national network of research centers that will assess within weeks, rather than years, an autism drug's potential.

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.