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

USC study attempts to pinpoint creativity in the brain

If you’re the creative type, you’ve probably heard people tell you that it comes from the right side of your brain. However, new research has begun to suggest that that may not be the whole story.

UC Riverside promotes sleep/nap campaign for students

Throughout UC Riverside this week, the focus is on sleeping and napping. No, it’s not spring break — it's all part of National Sleep Awareness Week.

Prescribing acupuncture for Gulf War Syndrome

Lisa Conboy is studying the effects of acupuncture on Gulf War vets who may have the illness, and anecdotal evidence indicates the practice may be providing relief.

Study: No link between obesity, fast food near kids’ homes

A study from the RAND Corporation found no link between what youngsters ate and how close they lived to fast food restaurants or supermarkets.

Study: Text messaging could help patients manage diabetes

Researchers sent text messages to patients receiving diabetes care at a community health center in Denver to help them manage their condition.

UCLA researchers stop Parkinson's progression in animal tests

A possible breakthrough has happened in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. UCLA researchers have found a way to stop the progression of the disease in animal tests.

Planned Parenthood to open 1st branch in Antelope Valley

Planned Parenthood’s Palmdale office is the first to serve the Antelope Valley. Until now, people had to drive up to 50 miles each way to reach the nearest branch.

Study: Obesity can make it hard to walk or even stand up

A new study out of USC says that older, obese adults may lose so much muscle, they may have trouble walking or standing up due to muscle loss.

California state Sen. Runner undergoes double lung transfer

Republican state Senator Sharon Runner from the Antelope Valley is recovering from a double lung transplant, but she's expected to make a full recovery.

Lawmakers discuss hospital reimbursements under Obama health care

In the run-up to federal health care reform, leaders of the state Senate and Assembly health committees met Friday in Los Angeles.

Brentwood boy makes iPhone, iPad apps, donates proceeds

Going to the hospital for surgery can be traumatic, especially for kids. But Cameron Cohen, 13, transformed his experience into a high-tech project to help other kids.

Program reverses obesity in low-income Latino pre-schoolers

The pilot program at UCLA’s Mattel Children’s Hospital is the first to reverse weight gain that’s common to pre-school Latino kids in low-income families.

Cedars Sinai provides brain surgery tips to LA teens

Middle school students performing brain surgery? Don't be scared. It's all part of a day of special learning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Study: Stem cells can help regrow healthy heart tissue

Heart attack patients who receive stem cells derived from their own hearts can regrow healthy heart tissue and shrink the scar tissue caused by heart attacks.

National Institutes of Health promotes clinical trials online

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) have launched a website designed to educate the public about clinical trials and (hopefully) attract volunteers.