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

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.

UCLA researchers study copper to help fight staph infections

UCLA researchers are going to war against a common, sometimes-deadly hospital bacterial infection. Their weapon of choice? Copper.

FDA approves trials for new heart attack stem cell therapy

Federal authorities have given the go-ahead to human trials that will use a new stem cell treatment to repair heart attack damage.

California nurses stage health care tour with free screenings

A union of California nurses is bringing free health care screenings to the Southland this week, followed by town hall meetings about access to health care.

West Nile found in Northridge, Silver Lake, Whittier, Winnetka

So far this year, district researchers have identified 10 positive West Nile mosquito samples and one positive dead bird.

Lesbian and bisexual women wanted for UCLA study

UCLA is seeking lesbian and bisexual women in L.A. county to participate in focus group meetings about the kind of healthcare they receive.

Clinical trial examines effects of resveratrol on Alzheimer’s

An antioxidant found in red wine and chocolate is the subject of a national clinical trial to determine whether it can help fight memory loss.

60 doctors sue Aetna Insurance for denying medical coverage

The doctors have joined the California and Los Angeles County Medical Associations in a class-action lawsuit against Aetna Health of California.

California moves forward with health care reform plans

California officials had braced for a possible repeal of the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act while also preparing for its implementation.