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

Isla Vista massacre: Does California need a 'gun violence restraining order' law?

California legislators are considering a bill that would make it possible to take away someone's gun rights if they are deemed a danger to themselves or others.

Should deputies have done more to prevent Isla Vista rampage?

The Santa Barbara Sheriff's Department says deputies violated no law or policy in their investigation of Elliot Rodger last month. Some observers say protocols should be amended.

Psychedelic Science: Psilocybin helps fight alcoholism

Clinical use of LSD to treat alcoholism dates to the 1950s. Researchers now prefer psilocybin, because it has less stigma and does not last as long.

Psychedelic Science: Psilocybin shows promise treating cancer anxiety

Patients who participated in studies using psilocybin to treat cancer anxiety reported an improved quality of life and better relationships with family and friends.

Psychedelic Science: Using ecstasy to treat PTSD

MDMA is an empathogen, which increases the user's sense of trust and compassion. That has helped with PTSD sufferers who took it in studies.

Psychedelic Science: The surge in psychiatric research using hallucinogens

Researchers believe psilocybin and MDMA — ecstasy — have tremendous potential as treatments for addiction, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and other conditions.

Settlement to remove suspected carcinogen from some cosmetics

An environmental group sued over the use of cocamide DEA, which puts suds in soaps and emulsifies lotions. It has been found to cause cancer in animals.

Cedars-Sinai now screening patients for depression

Clinical depression can delay physical healing and make recovery more difficult. Those displaying signs of the illness will undergo detailed screening.

Covered California enrollment is more than 3M, exceeds projections

New numbers released by Covered California show the first open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act exceeded expectations.

Obamacare: Confusion, cost keep some Californians uninsured

Many Californians remain without health insurance this year, choosing instead to pay a fine for forgoing health insurance required by the Affordable Care Act.

Covered California: massive signups days before grace period ends

More than 70,000 enrolled in health plans through Covered California between April 1-9, according to the agency's executive director.

'Huge surge' in Covered California signups as deadline nears

The crush is stressing the agency's website; some applicants may be logged off and told to come back another day to finish enrolling by April 15.

Flu claims additional 14 Californians' lives

The pace of flu-related deaths is declining. Health officials say it's not too late to get a flu shot.

Obamacare: Enrollees emboldened to leave jobs, start businesses

The Affordable Care Act is making it possible for some to retire early, and for others to quit unfulfilling jobs to strike out on their own.

Covered California enrollment slowed in second half of February

Officials expect a surge in the number of Americans enrolling in health plans as the March 31st deadline nears.