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

Renewed federal gun violence research needed: health experts

Public health experts say it's time for Congress to restore funding to gunfire injury prevention research after a 16-year moratorium.

Can Connecticut school shootings lead to better mental health care?

The Sandy Hook school massacre is fueling calls for mandatory outpatient treatment for the severely mentally ill – particularly those unaware of their condition.

FAQ: 18 things you should know about prostate cancer

Governor Jerry Brown announced he is undergoing radiation treatment for “localized” prostate cancer. Worried about prostate cancer? Arm yourself with information.

A year later, charges unlikely in fatal Starbucks crash

One year ago Thursday, a former LA County sheriff’s deputy blacked out and crashed his car into a Starbucks, killing an Iraq war veteran.

New prostate biopsy may end era of blind testing

UCLA doctors and engineers have developed a new prostate cancer biopsy that may reduce the number of biopsies and help early detection of serious cancer.

FAQ: What's next for California's Prop 8 same-sex marriage case?

The Supreme Court will hear an appeal of the lower court ruling declaring Proposition 8 unconstitutional.

Review of stem cell agency calls for changes

The Institute of Medicine says California's Institute for Regenerative Medicine has been successful, but needs to address potential conflicts of interest.

Mexican immigrants to the US are not a healthy as believed

Newly arrived Mexican immigrants to the United States generally report better overall health than native-born Latinos. But a RAND study released Monday suggests that this phenomenon -known as “healthy immigrant effect” - may be a bit less phenomenal than long believed.

Telenovela series aims at battling HIV among Latinos

YouTube telenovela traces a fictional Latino family's risks for HIV and AIDS.

USC tests soy supplements effect on menopause

Study will look at whether plant-based products that mimic estrogen might prevent memory loss and reduce hot flashes common to women during the aging process.

Simple measures found to cut hospital-acquired infections

An effort to find simple methods to reduce infections after colorectal surgeries proves successful at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and six other hospitals.

Short bouts of exercise offer immediate memory gains

Working the body enhances the memory, researchers find.

Study: High fructose corn syrup tied to global health problems

Researchers found that nations that use the refined sweetener in foods and beverages had a 20 percent higher rate of Type-2 diabetes than nations that did not use it.

Air pollution may double risk of autism, USC study says

Does smog cause autism? A new study finds a link that could increase the chances a child develops the neurological disorders.

5 things you can do to ward off Alzheimer's Disease

A leading researcher in field of aging says you can ward off Alzheimer's years in advance. He shares five tips that can build up your brain.