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

What the court's health care decision means for California

In the two years since Congress enacted the wide-ranging law, lawmakers in Sacramento have passed dozens of bills to give California a running start.

What the health care decision means to California's uninsured

The landmark Supreme Court decision upholding Obama's health care law could mean some significant changes for Californians currently without health care.

Pre-Existing Condition Insurance may be in jeopardy

Californians enrolled in the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan are awaiting the Supreme Court's decision on health reform, as their coverage may be in jeopardy.

Grand jury recommends implementing Laura's Law

The legislation allows California counties to provide court-ordered outpatient treatment for a subset of mentally ill people.

Couch potato seniors no more, thanks to reality TV show

The six-week-long program, called "On The Move," features 12 senior citizen contestants — all self-proclaimed couch potatoes — who have vowed to move off the sofa and into active life styles.

LA clinics receive $7 million in health care grants

The federal government awarded a dozen Los Angeles-area community health clinics nearly $7 million in grants so they could expand their care.

Study: Uninsured Californians are dying prematurely

A Families USA study says California leads the nation in number of premature deaths caused primarily by a lack of health insurance.

USC pharmacy school receives their largest grant ever

The USC School of Pharmacy has received its largest grant ever, one which aims to improve the medical care of patients in underserved communities.

UCLA researchers create bone from stem cells

Researchers at UCLA say they’ve moved a step closer to a new method of growing bones from fat tissue that may one day eliminate the need for painful bone grafts.

Watchdog sues Blue Shield for forcing sparse health coverage

Consumer Watchdog has filed a lawsuit against Blue Shield of California for allegedly forcing those with preexisting medical conditions into bare bones coverage.

More than a quarter of LA’s homeless adults have hepatitis C

A new study finds that more than a quarter of all homeless adults on Los Angeles's Skid Row are infected with hepatitis C.

Suit alleges unsanitary conditions may have spread hep C at lap band surgery centers

A new whistleblower lawsuit against the owners of the surgery centers affiliated with the 1-800-GET-THIN campaign alleges that a clinic in San Diego may have exposed several patients to hepatitis C.

Regardless of SCOTUS ruling, state health care reform will go on

Many leaders in the health care field believe reform is now on a trajectory that won’t be stopped, no matter the justices’ ruling.

Consumer groups drink in their corn syrup win with FDA

The federal Food and Drug Administration has rejected a new, more marketable name for a much-maligned ingredient: high fructose corn syrup.

CA hospitals charged more than $800k in fines

Health officials have announced more than $800,000 in fines against thirteen California hospitals after their failures caused serious injury or death to patients.