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

Survey: Third of consumers get health facts on social media

More and more U.S. consumers now rely on social media sites to get health information, according to survey group PricewaterhouseCoopers.

UC Riverside recruiting families of young children for autism study

The Family Autism Research Center at UC Riverside is seeking 50 children with autism for a study on how autistic kids acclimate during their early school years.

Dirty little secret: LA teens are distilling hand sanitizer and drinking it

California teenagers have figured out a new way to get high: the alcohol from hand sanitizers. The growing practice has put dozens of kids in the hospital.

Weight training — not aerobics — puts off Alzheimer's

The University of British Columbia released a new study on Tuesday linking strength training to better brain function.

Lap Band surgeries grow in popularity and danger

Lap Band clinics continue to operate in California under relaxed systems that have allegedly caused deaths. Betty Brown recalls her deceased sister's experience with the surgery.

Widow relieved after DMV suspends license of deputy involved in fatal crash

It’s been four months since Cinthiya Mendez lost her husband Sergio in a bizarre accident at a Fillmore Starbucks.

DMV suspends license of sheriff's deputy who killed Marine

DMV records indicate that the agency never received information that would allowed it to suspend the license of a LA Sheriff involved in a fatal accident

DMV says its 'looking at' records of deputy who killed Marine

An L.A. County Sheriff’s deputy continues to hold a valid driver’s license, months after he blacked out behind the wheel and caused a fatal accident.

Deputy who caused fatal crash still holds driver's license

The DMV has allowed an off-duty L.A. County sheriff's deputy to keep his license even after he plowed into a Starbucks and killed a Marine who had served in Iraq.

Study: Past dental X-rays linked to brain tumors

A new study is suggesting that the X-rays you had at the dentist’s office years ago may increase your risk of a brain tumor.

Aetna to raise rates despite criticism by state, consumer groups

Aetna has said it is moving forward with health insurance premium hikes despite opposition from consumer groups and the Insurance Commissioner, who called the company’s action “unreasonable.”

NCAA funds UCLA research into sports-related head injuries

The UCLA Brain Injury Research Center will lead a national team of researchers in studying the long-term effects of sports-related concussions.

Minority Health Month hopes to bring attention to health equity

Underprivileged communities have long had higher disease rates and less access to healthcare than those of comparable age in privileged positions.

Rankings: OC healthier, better place to live than LA

According to California's 2012 County Health Rankings, Orange County residents are doing better and living longer than their Angeleno neighbors to the north.

UCLA study identifies gene linked to PTSD

A new UCLA study may explain why some people are more likely to have Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome than others.