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

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.

Food Forward volunteers pick backyard fruit for the needy

There’s a quiet rescue operation happening several times a week in private yards throughout Los Angeles. Scores volunteers with the nonprofit group Food Forward are salvaging backyard fruit for food pantries across the Southland.

Class action suit filed against UCLA for compromising patient privacy

The UCLA Medical Center faces a class-action lawsuit in connection with the recent data breach that compromised the privacy of more than 16,000 patients.

Metro to offer free rides on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve

Partying Angelenos can enjoy a gift from Los Angeles County this holiday season: free public transportation for all. Metro is offering free rides from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

New Calif. law requires more pregnancy leave coverage, applies to more small businesses

California will require more employers to continue health care coverage for women on pregnancy disability leave under a new law.

Lap Band reprimand prompts County Supes to educate residents

A recent federal reprimand against eight Southland Lap Band surgery centers and their marketing firm prompted the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to take action Tuesday. Supervisors say they are trying to protect Southland residents from health risks associated with the gastric weight loss procedure.