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

Department of Insurance confirms fraud probe into Lap-Band

The Department of Insurance in California has launched a fraud probe into Lap-Band surgery centers affiliated with the 1-800-GET-THIN advertising campaign, according to Aetna Insurance and the Department of Insurance.

Tech conference: What is the effect of tech on kids?

Let a kid communicate online with other kids and you'll likely see that kid disclose more personal information and be more “sexualized” than in face-to-face contact.

Air pollution costs 2 local cities $18 million, study says

A USC study shows that air pollution is taking a higher toll than we thought, in Long Beach and Riverside.

California gets 2 F's in American Lung Association report

California once led the way in smoke-prevention policies, but a new report by The American Lung Association gives our state failing grades in other key areas.

Melanoma drug speeds up less serious skin cancers

UCLA researchers have discovered that a new melanoma drug accelerates secondary skin cancers in some patients, but the news may not be as bad as it sounds.

'Why shouldn't Los Angeles be the safe sex capital of America?'

The Los Angeles City Council is expected to approve an ordinance that requires condom use in adult film production on Tuesday.

After death of Fullerton's Kelly Thomas, new attention on police training

Last summer's beating death of a schizophrenic man by Fullerton police has renewed attention on police training. At Golden West College in Huntington Beach, law enforcement officers learn how to interact with people who are mentally ill and how to keep those interactions from turning violent.

UCLA identifies brain changes pointing to future Alzheimer's

UCLA researchers have identified chemical changes in the brains of people destined to develop Familial Alzheimer's, a finding which may prove to be a vital first step in developing medications for the inherited condition.

Health care providers react to Jerry Brown's Medi-Cal cuts

Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal for the next fiscal year includes deep cuts to health and human services programs already reeling from prior cutbacks.

Drinking red wine may reduce breast cancer risk

Los Angeles researchers have found that drinking a moderate amount of red wine may reduce breast cancer, a leading cause of death for women.

California workers pay more for employer-provided health insurance

In California, 63 percent of workers have employer-provided health insurance. A new study from the non-profit California Healthcare Foundation indicates that employees in this state are paying more money for less coverage.

LA Port: Cargo truck fleet has reduced emissions 80 percent

Environmentalists and Los Angeles City officials said Wednesday they have successfully “greened” the cargo truck fleet at the Port of L.A. The program to introduce cleaner vehicles there has surpassed its goal of reducing truck emissions by 80 percent.

California: More people without medical insurance than any other state

In 2010, California led the nation in a category no state wants to brag about: the number of people younger than 65 without medical insurance.

Measure mandating condom use in porn on LA County ballots this November?

Los Angeles AIDS activists Tuesday announced they’re launching an effort to qualify a ballot initiative for this Nov. 2012 that would require condom use in adult films shot in L.A. County.

123rd Rose Parade turned out to be a perfect bouquet

Take almost one-and-a-quarter centuries of tradition. Mix in large amounts of flowers, seeds and leaves to taste, and add a dash of dissent. Combine with an 80-degree January day and serve to a full house. That’s the recipe for today’s near-flawless Tournament of Roses Parade.