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

The economics of stem cell research

Stem cell research is expensive. But advocates say it will one day yield cures that could save Americans billions in long-term healthcare costs. California is now a world leader in stem cell research. Backers of the science believe this field will not only save lives but possibly save the state's economy as well.

OC may adopt mental illness law following homeless man's death

The July death of a schizophrenic homeless man after an altercation with Fullerton Police has focused attention on care for the mentally ill. Orange County supervisors might now adopt “Laura’s Law” so clinic workers can go into the streets to treat the mentally ill. Laura’s Law is in effect only in Nevada County, east of Sacramento. Officials there say it’s humane and cost-effective.

Geron Corporation abandons stem cell research

Stem cell therapies may one day provide cures for spinal chord injuries, heart damage and other serious medical conditions. For years, the biotech company Geron led the way in private research in this field. But the California-based company says it will shut down its stem cell division to focus on cancer therapies. Officials at Geron call the decision a calculated business move.

Loyola law prof says Supreme Court might let health care law stand

The future of the national health care law is now in the hands of the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices announced Monday that they will hear legal challenges to the law next March, and will rule on the matter in June. A Loyola law professor says there health care law could survive the test.

Stem cell research offers hope to thousands

For the past several years, California has attracted world attention as a leader in stem cell research. And with half its voter-approved stem cell research funds committed to dozens of new projects, the focus now is on results.

LA health clinics rally for funding with Democratic congresswomen

Representatives from Los Angeles health care clinics gathered in downtown L.A. Tuesday afternoon to urge Congress to spare funding for low-cost health centers that serve the needy.

Iraq and Afghanistan wars spur medical advances for soldiers

U.S. Army Sgt. First Class Leroy Petry, who lost a limb in a grenade attack, spoke at a recent University of Southern California (USC) health care forum. The Medal of Honor winner reflected on his injury and recovery.

20 years after Magic Johnson's HIV diagnosis, free testing in Willowbrook

Twenty years ago today, Earvin “Magic” Johnson told the world he’d tested positive for the virus that causes AIDS. To mark the anniversary, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation is providing free STD and HIV testing at the Earvin “Magic” Johnson Recreation Area in Willowbrook.

Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey help launch new teen cancer center in Los Angeles

Two legendary British rock stars visited Los Angeles today to launch the nation’s first cancer center for teens modeled after programs in Great Britain. The soon-to-open unit at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center will offer youngsters a place to feel a little more comfortable during medical treatments.

Chapman University ups bid for Crystal Cathedral by $1.5 million

The bidding war for the bankrupt Crystal Cathedral in Orange County is heating up. The church and its creditors have named Chapman University as their preferred buyer.

Long Beach nurses threatening to strike

Registered nurses in Long Beach say they’re ready to walk off the job if they don’t get a new contract soon.

8.6 million participate in statewide earthquake drill

Millions of Californians participated in today’s largest-ever statewide earthquake drill. At 10:20 in the morning, organizers say, millions of Californians dropped to the ground in a one-minute drill that set records for participation.

Irvine 11 attorneys file appeal

Civil rights attorneys planned to file an appeal in Orange County today on behalf of Muslim students convicted of disrupting the Israeli ambassador’s speech at UC Irvine last year. The lawyers hope to know in eight to ten months whether the appeal will go through.

Seal Beach victims will likely find it hard to shake off tragedy

It’s been a week since the Seal Beach shootings that left eight people dead. It will take much longer than that for witnesses, family and friends to shake off the psychological wounds.

Making peace with tragedy in Seal Beach

For Seal Beach and nearby communities, there is no way to make sense of the worst killing spree in the history of Orange County, but some are trying to make their peace with it.