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

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.

Bishop of Episcopal Diocese diagnosed with leukemia

The bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles announced through a letter to the faithful that he's been diagnosed with leukemia.

New study finds obesity-linked diabetes in kids resists treatment

A newly released study shows treating Type 2 diabetes in children is even more difficult that was initially thought.

Kinder, gentler nursing home movement making its way to California

A patient-centered nursing home movement that’s taken hold in other parts of the country is now making its way to California. It's called the “green house project” and it promotes smaller, home-like facilities of 10 or fewer residents.

Survey: Third of consumers get health facts on social media

More and more U.S. consumers now rely on social media sites to get health information, according to survey group PricewaterhouseCoopers.

UC Riverside recruiting families of young children for autism study

The Family Autism Research Center at UC Riverside is seeking 50 children with autism for a study on how autistic kids acclimate during their early school years.

Dirty little secret: LA teens are distilling hand sanitizer and drinking it

California teenagers have figured out a new way to get high: the alcohol from hand sanitizers. The growing practice has put dozens of kids in the hospital.

Weight training — not aerobics — puts off Alzheimer's

The University of British Columbia released a new study on Tuesday linking strength training to better brain function.

Lap Band surgeries grow in popularity and danger

Lap Band clinics continue to operate in California under relaxed systems that have allegedly caused deaths. Betty Brown recalls her deceased sister's experience with the surgery.

Widow relieved after DMV suspends license of deputy involved in fatal crash

It’s been four months since Cinthiya Mendez lost her husband Sergio in a bizarre accident at a Fillmore Starbucks.

DMV suspends license of sheriff's deputy who killed Marine

DMV records indicate that the agency never received information that would allowed it to suspend the license of a LA Sheriff involved in a fatal accident