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

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.

Don't be a turkey! 4 Thanksgiving food safety tips

Here are some simple kitchen preparation tips you can use to avoid food poisoning and keep Thanksgiving — and your stomach — happy.

LA County smoking rates fall to lowest levels

Smoking in LA County is at its lowest level since health officials began keeping track in 1997. But it still costs billions in medical care and lost work time.

Alzheimer's is top health fear of most Americans (PDF)

Americans fear developing Alzheimer’s disease more than cancer, stroke, heart disease and any other life-threatening illness.

Diabetes on the rise in L.A. County

Growing diabetes rates span income and ethnic groups in Los Angeles County.

Test your antibiotics IQ

Many Americans don't know the consequences of antibiotic overuse, a national survey concludes

FAQ: What you need to know about health insurance 'open enrollment'

It's 'open enrollment' season, when workers choose health insurance plans and other options. Confused? We've got all the information you need right here.