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

California’s teen birth rates plummet to record lows

California’s overall teen birth rates have plummeted to record lows, down nearly 60 percent since the state first started keeping track in 1991.

FDA to see if people can self-scan for prescriptions

The FDA is preparing to hold hearings on whether consumers should be able to self-screen for some medications that now require a doctor’s visit and a prescription.

Report: reform needed for state's treatment of mental illness

A new report indicates that California’s mental illness laws discriminate against people whose illnesses are the most severe.

Obesity rates down in LA, Long Beach, Santa Monica

Obesity remains a serious problem in Southern California and across the country, but a new poll finds Angelenos are exercising more, and starting to weigh less.

Study: 12 minutes of yoga a day can relieve caregiver stress

Caring for a loved one who has dementia can be incredibly stressful.

Study: Heart disease drug may also battle racism

In a new Oxford University study, participants on a beta blocker tested lower on prejudice-judging tests than those on a placebo.

Researchers step closer to treating 'inflammatory' molecules

Researchers at Cedars-Sinai have moved a step closer to better treatment of arthritis, diabetes and a number of other diseases caused in part by inflammation.

American Diabetes Association offers free health screenings

People will be able to find out Saturday whether they have diabetes, or are at risk for it, at a free health expo in downtown L.A. It focuses on diabetes prevention and education.

USC study attempts to pinpoint creativity in the brain

If you’re the creative type, you’ve probably heard people tell you that it comes from the right side of your brain. However, new research has begun to suggest that that may not be the whole story.

UC Riverside promotes sleep/nap campaign for students

Throughout UC Riverside this week, the focus is on sleeping and napping. No, it’s not spring break — it's all part of National Sleep Awareness Week.

Prescribing acupuncture for Gulf War Syndrome

Lisa Conboy is studying the effects of acupuncture on Gulf War vets who may have the illness, and anecdotal evidence indicates the practice may be providing relief.

Study: No link between obesity, fast food near kids’ homes

A study from the RAND Corporation found no link between what youngsters ate and how close they lived to fast food restaurants or supermarkets.

Study: Text messaging could help patients manage diabetes

Researchers sent text messages to patients receiving diabetes care at a community health center in Denver to help them manage their condition.

UCLA researchers stop Parkinson's progression in animal tests

A possible breakthrough has happened in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. UCLA researchers have found a way to stop the progression of the disease in animal tests.

Planned Parenthood to open 1st branch in Antelope Valley

Planned Parenthood’s Palmdale office is the first to serve the Antelope Valley. Until now, people had to drive up to 50 miles each way to reach the nearest branch.