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

Childhood obesity featured at free weekend symposium

Cal State Fullerton and UC Davis sponsor two-day conference to look at behavioral and cultural factors in California's growing childhood obesity problem.

Is your hospital a 'Top Performer'? Check out this ranking

Two-dozen Southern California hospitals earn top rankings from accreditation board for adhering to treatment protocols established for common diseases and conditions.

UCLA researchers provide yet another reason fish is great

If you need another reason to eat more fish, researchers at the UCLA are serving up some motivation: a diet without fish may cause your brain to age faster.

Study: Calif. obesity rates could double if left unchecked

Matching national trends, the state could see more than two million new cases of diabetes, heart disease, cancer and strokes

'Sexting' behavior may also mean risky sex

Researchers interviewed 1800 L.A.-area teenagers. Of those who 'sext,' nearly 4 out 5 report being sexually active.

Long term care needs worry California voters 40 and older

Almost half of all California voters 40 and older aren’t ready for long-term care, a survey out today suggests.It indicates that they can’t afford even a month of the long-term care they believe they’ll need for a close relative - and later, for themselves.

Bill would make vaccine exemptions tougher in California

The rate of children entering California private schools without vaccinations has jumped by 10 percent over last year.

Are you susceptible to the common flu (myths)?

With the start of the flu season just a few weeks away, health officials are urging everyone six months of age and older to get a flu shot.

More rabid bats than usual flying LA County skies

When it comes to controlling insect populations, there are few creatures more important than bats. But an apparent spike in rabies among the winged mammals throughout Los Angeles County has concerned public health officials.

FAQ: Everything you need to know about the hantavirus outbreak

Got questions about the Yosemite outbreak? We have answers! From public health officials and park authorities.

Stem cell treatment may help paralyzed regain sensation

Two clinical trial patients, paralyzed with chronic spinal cord injuries, have regained some sensation after undergoing stem cell treatments.

3rd Hantavirus death tied to Yosemite stay

Health officials say a West Virginia resident has died from the outbreak of a rodent-borne illness linked to Yosemite National Park.

Hantavirus draws more scientists to Yosemite this week

Officials from the CDC are expected to arrive in Yosemite Tuesday to join the investigation into the unprecedented hantavirus outbreak that has killed two park visitors and sickened four others.

Hantavirus keeps many away from Yosemite

The crowds are smaller at Yosemite National Park this Labor Day weekend, as some people cancelled their plans to visit because of the Hantavirus outbreak there.

CA issues penalties to 14 hospitals, half in SoCal

State health officials issued penalties against 14 California hospitals for failure to comply with requirements, leading to patient injuries and deaths.