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

Melanoma drug speeds up less serious skin cancers

UCLA researchers have discovered that a new melanoma drug accelerates secondary skin cancers in some patients, but the news may not be as bad as it sounds.

'Why shouldn't Los Angeles be the safe sex capital of America?'

The Los Angeles City Council is expected to approve an ordinance that requires condom use in adult film production on Tuesday.

After death of Fullerton's Kelly Thomas, new attention on police training

Last summer's beating death of a schizophrenic man by Fullerton police has renewed attention on police training. At Golden West College in Huntington Beach, law enforcement officers learn how to interact with people who are mentally ill and how to keep those interactions from turning violent.

UCLA identifies brain changes pointing to future Alzheimer's

UCLA researchers have identified chemical changes in the brains of people destined to develop Familial Alzheimer's, a finding which may prove to be a vital first step in developing medications for the inherited condition.

Health care providers react to Jerry Brown's Medi-Cal cuts

Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal for the next fiscal year includes deep cuts to health and human services programs already reeling from prior cutbacks.

Drinking red wine may reduce breast cancer risk

Los Angeles researchers have found that drinking a moderate amount of red wine may reduce breast cancer, a leading cause of death for women.

California workers pay more for employer-provided health insurance

In California, 63 percent of workers have employer-provided health insurance. A new study from the non-profit California Healthcare Foundation indicates that employees in this state are paying more money for less coverage.

LA Port: Cargo truck fleet has reduced emissions 80 percent

Environmentalists and Los Angeles City officials said Wednesday they have successfully “greened” the cargo truck fleet at the Port of L.A. The program to introduce cleaner vehicles there has surpassed its goal of reducing truck emissions by 80 percent.

California: More people without medical insurance than any other state

In 2010, California led the nation in a category no state wants to brag about: the number of people younger than 65 without medical insurance.

Measure mandating condom use in porn on LA County ballots this November?

Los Angeles AIDS activists Tuesday announced they’re launching an effort to qualify a ballot initiative for this Nov. 2012 that would require condom use in adult films shot in L.A. County.

123rd Rose Parade turned out to be a perfect bouquet

Take almost one-and-a-quarter centuries of tradition. Mix in large amounts of flowers, seeds and leaves to taste, and add a dash of dissent. Combine with an 80-degree January day and serve to a full house. That’s the recipe for today’s near-flawless Tournament of Roses Parade.

Federal judge blocks state plan to cut from Medi-Cal

A federal judge in Los Angeles has blocked a state plan for a 10 percent cut in Medi-Cal reimbursement rates for hospitals and other healthcare providers.

Metro to offer free rides, overnight service for New Years and Rose Parade

In Los Angeles, the Metropolitan Transit Authority will offer free rides on its buses and trains beginning at 9:00 PM on New Year’s Eve and lasting until 2:00 AM New Year’s Day.

On condom measure, AIDS director claims City Attorney has 'confused relationship with democracy'

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation has gathered enough signatures to place a ballot measure before LA city voters in June. It would mandate the use of condoms by male adult film actors, but Carmen Trutanich, the LA City Attorney, believes only the state can create such a law.

Coachella Valley residents among sickest in California

Binge drinking, lack of dental care, smoking and diabetes are among the main reasons that people in Riverside County’s Coachella Valley are more than twice as likely to be in fair or poor health as compared to other Californians, according to an analysis of national research conducted by the Health Assessment Resource Center in Palm Desert.