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

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.

Survey: CA health insurance OK unless you need a specialist

A survey of Medi-Cal enrollees finds that a majority of those who receive the insurance are satisfied — except when it comes to access to medical specialists.

California voters to decide fate of cigarette tax on June 5

Proposition 29 would increase the tax on cigarettes and tobacco by $1, but the measure has seen support plummet in recent months.

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.