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

DMV suspends license of sheriff's deputy who killed Marine

DMV records indicate that the agency never received information that would allowed it to suspend the license of a LA Sheriff involved in a fatal accident

DMV says its 'looking at' records of deputy who killed Marine

An L.A. County Sheriff’s deputy continues to hold a valid driver’s license, months after he blacked out behind the wheel and caused a fatal accident.

Deputy who caused fatal crash still holds driver's license

The DMV has allowed an off-duty L.A. County sheriff's deputy to keep his license even after he plowed into a Starbucks and killed a Marine who had served in Iraq.

Study: Past dental X-rays linked to brain tumors

A new study is suggesting that the X-rays you had at the dentist’s office years ago may increase your risk of a brain tumor.

Aetna to raise rates despite criticism by state, consumer groups

Aetna has said it is moving forward with health insurance premium hikes despite opposition from consumer groups and the Insurance Commissioner, who called the company’s action “unreasonable.”

NCAA funds UCLA research into sports-related head injuries

The UCLA Brain Injury Research Center will lead a national team of researchers in studying the long-term effects of sports-related concussions.

Minority Health Month hopes to bring attention to health equity

Underprivileged communities have long had higher disease rates and less access to healthcare than those of comparable age in privileged positions.

Rankings: OC healthier, better place to live than LA

According to California's 2012 County Health Rankings, Orange County residents are doing better and living longer than their Angeleno neighbors to the north.

UCLA study identifies gene linked to PTSD

A new UCLA study may explain why some people are more likely to have Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome than others.

The Ivy faces lawsuit for firing HIV-positive busboy

An L.A. restaurant known for attracting celebrities and the paparazzi that comes with them is defending itself from an employee claiming he was fired for having HIV.

Hospital co-pays may have serious consequences for children

A USC study has found that children whose parents pay higher co-pays on medication are about 30 percent more likely to wind up in the hospital.

Has health reform law helped California?

Opponents have various economic and philosophical arguments, but supporters say the reforms have already helped California’s seniors and children.

California’s teen birth rates plummet to record lows

California’s overall teen birth rates have plummeted to record lows, down nearly 60 percent since the state first started keeping track in 1991.

FDA to see if people can self-scan for prescriptions

The FDA is preparing to hold hearings on whether consumers should be able to self-screen for some medications that now require a doctor’s visit and a prescription.

Report: reform needed for state's treatment of mental illness

A new report indicates that California’s mental illness laws discriminate against people whose illnesses are the most severe.