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

SoCal Gas wrapping up cleaning of Porter Ranch homes

The company says the court-ordered project cleaned the interiors of about 1,700 homes belonging to those still displaced by the natural gas leak.

County supes set aside drug take-back plan

Pharmaceutical manufacturers will not have to set up and run a countywide program as originally proposed. Instead, supervisors will review an industry education campaign in November.

LA Supervisors set to vote on drug take-back ordinance — again

The board has postponed four previous votes on a proposal that would force drug makers to design and pay for a disposal program for unused prescriptions and sharps.

California's End of Life Option Act goes into effect today. Here's how it works.

California's doctor-assisted suicide law takes effect Thursday. Doctors who agree to participate can provide lethal drugs to terminally ill patients who qualify.

Malibu schools PCB trial may have national implications

A lawsuit accuses the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District of violating federal law by failing to remove PCB-laden caulk from three schools.

Vote on LA County drug take-back proposal delayed again

Supervisor Antonovich will ask for another delay, this time to June 14. He also will call for the development of an interim take-back program.

What if hospitals opt out of California's assisted suicide law?

Huntington Hospital in Pasadena is considering joining with Catholic hospitals in not participating with the law, which takes effect June 9. Will it matter?

CA fines Anthem for violating customers' grievance rights

The $415,000 fine covers 83 violations. They include failure to resolve an enrollee’s grievance and failure to adequately explain the reason for denying treatment.

LA County may force pharma to fund drug, sharps disposal

L.A. County Supervisors are considering an ordinance that would require pharmaceutical firms to fund the nation’s largest drug and needle take-back program.

Covered California wants everyone to have a primary care doctor

PPO plans, which don't require primary care referrals to see specialists, now must assign members a primary care doctor — but members don't have to use them.

California considers a free hotline — for assisted suicide

A bill that would create a phone line with information about the state's new physician-assisted suicide law clears its first legislative hurdle.

Can the air in Porter Ranch homes pass the test?

Health officials want to know why 62 percent of Porter Ranch households surveyed report headaches, nausea and other problems even though the gas leak is capped.

Another try to block 'surprise' medical bills

A proposed bill would limit how much patients can be charged when they're unknowingly treated by a provider outside of their network.

Kaiser's new medical school will be in Pasadena

Kaiser will tear down one of its office buildings to make way for the school. The company chose Pasadena because it's a culturally diverse, "livable city."

Door-to-door Porter Ranch health survey starts Thursday

County health workers will be visiting homes in Porter Ranch to survey residents about any ongoing health problems associated with the massive gas leak.