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

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.

UCLA program focuses on Latino doctors

As California’s Latino population grows, so too does the need for doctors who speak fluent Spanish and who understand the Latino culture.

Companies behind gastric bypass bands refuse to sell to SoCal surgery centers

Two companies that make gastric bands for weight loss surgery says it will not sell its device to the eight surgery centers associated with 1-800-GET-THIN.

Susan G. Komen cures backlash with Planned Parenthood policy reversal?


Consumer group wants state to regulate health insurance hikes

There’s a grassroots movement underway to change insurance law, giving California the power to regulate health insurance rate hikes.

Allergan cuts off Lap-Band supply to surgical centers associated with 1-800-GET-THIN

Allergan announced it would cease selling the the Lap-Band weight-loss device to surgical centers associated with the 1-800-GET-THIN marketing campaign

Komen org cuts Planned Parenthood breast cancer funding

The nation's leading breast-cancer awareness group, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, is cutting its funding to Planned Parenthood.

Depo-Provera may increase diabetes risk for obese women

Obese women who take long-term birth control injection Depo-Provera may be at greater risk for developing diabetes, according to a new USC study.

21,000 strike against Kaiser across California

Workers at Kaiser Permanente facilities across California will strike for 24 hours beginning Tuesday at 6 a.m. Union leaders say it’ll be their biggest walkout.

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.