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

Revenge of summer: Cooling centers open late, conservation urged

August continues its heat assault with temperatures registering monstrous numbers like 118 degrees in some of the region's valley and inland areas.

'Code pink' alert saved Garden Grove newborn from kidnapping

Police say the woman arrested for attempting to kidnap a baby from a Garden Grove hospital is the same who had dressed in scrubs and asked patients about their pregnancies at an Anaheim hospital.

UC Irvine studies therapeutic effect of baby seal robots

The University of California, Irvine is inviting female chemotherapy patients into a first-ever study involving robots — specifically, four fluffy baby seals.

Immortality and afterlife under study at UC Riveside

A private foundation has awarded the University of California at Riverside $5 million to study age-old questions surrounding immortality and life-after-death.

Public Health Dept. investigating illegal medical experiment claims

The California Department of Public Health is now investigating allegations that Pomona Valley Hospital may have conducted medical experiments on patients.

CIRM awards $151 million in stem cell grants to 8 projects statewide

The public stem-cell agency gave nearly $60 million to SoCal projects.

Oxnard-based Gills onions may be contaminated with Listeria

The nation's largest producer of fresh-cut onion products are now recalling possibly contaminated sliced, diced and whole peeled onions.

Pomona hospital allegedly did experiments on patients

More than a dozen patients at a Pomona hospital may have been the subjects of secret medical experimentation last year.

UCLA launches Alzheimer's and dementia care program

Funded by philanthropic dollars and a federal innovations grant, the program is designed to help patients and family caregivers deal with dementia.

Whooping cough epidemic less severe in California

Whooping cough is reaching epidemic levels throughout much of the nation. But in California, the news is brighter — it should be a non-peak year for the disease.

Calif. AG finds violations in Pasadena, Woodland Hills nursing homes

Health and safety violations outlined in a series of Attorney General reports on California nursing homes has some advocates blaming the Department of Public Health.

LA County sees its first human West Nile case of the year

Health officials are reporting more new cases of mosquito-borne West Nile virus in the Southland, a steep incline from numbers from last year.

Lap-Band brothers stop soliciting charity money

Owners of the Lap-Band surgery centers named in several wrongful death lawsuits have stopped soliciting money for what they say is their charity.

Study: Most Medicaid patients don't use ER unnecessarily

A new study by the D.C.-based Center for Studying Health System Change suggests that a majority of Medicaid patients for routine medical care.

Lap Band Surgery Center owners set up organization, seek donations

Two LA brothers at the center of medical fraud investigations and wrongful death lawsuits are soliciting donations for what they say is a new charity.