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 1st face transplant program in western US

UCLA is launching the first face transplant program in the western United States. Doctors are now seeking patients to participate in clinical trials.

Health Department safety tips for Memorial Day cookouts

Memorial Day cookouts and outdoor gatherings are fun — until someone gets sick from a food-borne illness, too much sun or other common holiday maladies or accidents.

CARE offers free help to vets with substance problems

During this Memorial Day weekend, a California state agency’s urging veterans with alcohol and drug problems to seek free assistance.

UCI stem cell research to receive $5 million in state funding

California has granted a University of California, Irvine researcher nearly $5 million for stem cell research into multiple sclerosis.

Anthem Blue Cross joins Lap-Band surgery centers investigation

A second large California health insurer is investigating possible medical fraud by a group of popular weight-loss surgery centers affiliated with 1-800-GET-THIN.

HealthCare Partners to merge with Denver clinics group

Torrance-based HealthCare Partners, the nation’s largest operator of physicians' networks and medical groups, has announced a merger.

Critics: Health care ballot initiative isn't good for California

The November ballot will sport a new measure intended to regulate medical insurance rates in California, but some warn voters against the initiative.

Report: Obama health care plan good for California's economy

A newly released study by the Bay Area Council Economic Institute (BACEI) contradicts claims that health care reform will hurt California’s economy.

FDA rejects 1-800-GET-THIN's corrections to 'misleading' ads

The Food and Drug Administration has cracked down on the 1-800-GET-THIN ad campaign that promotes weight-loss surgery at several Southern California clinics.

Study: Even a little fresh air can improve health

The USC findings have widespread implications for air pollution policies that could improve human health worldwide.

Revised budget includes $2.5 billion in cuts health care services

Health care is staring down the barrel of about $2.5 billion in cuts after Governor Jerry Brown released his revised state budget on Monday.

'Weight of The Nation' documentary debuts, free online

HBO Documentary Films is premiering the first half of its "Weight of The Nation" documentary series as part of a national health campaign.

UCI study finds racial, economic disparities in ovarian cancer care

Researchers looked at differences in the care for women with ovarian cancer and how it related to their race and socioeconomic status.

Lap Band surgery center owners accused of identity, billing scam

Several doctors who once worked at the weight loss surgery centers affiliated with the 1-800-GET THIN campaign filed a lawsuit today against the owners of the clinics, alleging that these doctors’ identities were stolen as part of an extensive false medical-billing scheme.

Kaiser and HBO join together in obesity awareness campaign

HBO Documentary Films and Kaiser Permanente are joining for the Los Angeles launch this week of a national campaign against obesity.