Stephanie O'Neill Health Care Correspondent
Stephanie O’Neill is a 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, Monitor Radio, Marketplace, 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 2013 NPR-Kaiser Health News Fellow and a 2013 Association of Health Care Journalists-California Health Journalism Fellow.
She has a law degree from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, and B.A. In Political Science 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
The California Department of Public Health has fined five hospitals in Los Angeles and Orange counties for errors likely to cause serious injury or death to patients.
As Southern California Edison’s chief issued a formal apology Wednesday to people without electricity after last week’s windstorms, the California Public Utilities Commission announced that it’s investigating the prolonged power outages. Some in the San Gabriel Valley were still in the dark Wednesday after six days.
Dr. Conrad Murray was sentenced today to the maximum sentence possible for involuntary manslaughter in the death of pop music star Michael Jackson, four years in county jail. Jackson died in June 2009 of an overdose of the powerful anesthetic propofol Jackson was given as a sleep aid. Murray is unlikely to serve the full term due to overcrowding and prison realignment leading to less room in county jails. The L.A. Times reports that Murray will only serve about two years of his sentence behind bars.
Stem cell research is expensive. But advocates say it will one day yield cures that could save Americans billions in long-term healthcare costs. California is now a world leader in stem cell research. Backers of the science believe this field will not only save lives but possibly save the state's economy as well.
The July death of a schizophrenic homeless man after an altercation with Fullerton Police has focused attention on care for the mentally ill. Orange County supervisors might now adopt “Laura’s Law” so clinic workers can go into the streets to treat the mentally ill. Laura’s Law is in effect only in Nevada County, east of Sacramento. Officials there say it’s humane and cost-effective.
Stem cell therapies may one day provide cures for spinal chord injuries, heart damage and other serious medical conditions. For years, the biotech company Geron led the way in private research in this field. But the California-based company says it will shut down its stem cell division to focus on cancer therapies. Officials at Geron call the decision a calculated business move.
The future of the national health care law is now in the hands of the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices announced Monday that they will hear legal challenges to the law next March, and will rule on the matter in June. A Loyola law professor says there health care law could survive the test.
For the past several years, California has attracted world attention as a leader in stem cell research. And with half its voter-approved stem cell research funds committed to dozens of new projects, the focus now is on results.
Representatives from Los Angeles health care clinics gathered in downtown L.A. Tuesday afternoon to urge Congress to spare funding for low-cost health centers that serve the needy.
U.S. Army Sgt. First Class Leroy Petry, who lost a limb in a grenade attack, spoke at a recent University of Southern California (USC) health care forum. The Medal of Honor winner reflected on his injury and recovery.
Twenty years ago today, Earvin “Magic” Johnson told the world he’d tested positive for the virus that causes AIDS. To mark the anniversary, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation is providing free STD and HIV testing at the Earvin “Magic” Johnson Recreation Area in Willowbrook.
Two legendary British rock stars visited Los Angeles today to launch the nation’s first cancer center for teens modeled after programs in Great Britain. The soon-to-open unit at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center will offer youngsters a place to feel a little more comfortable during medical treatments.
The bidding war for the bankrupt Crystal Cathedral in Orange County is heating up. The church and its creditors have named Chapman University as their preferred buyer.
Registered nurses in Long Beach say they’re ready to walk off the job if they don’t get a new contract soon.
Millions of Californians participated in today’s largest-ever statewide earthquake drill. At 10:20 in the morning, organizers say, millions of Californians dropped to the ground in a one-minute drill that set records for participation.