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

A guide to what those high hospital prices mean

Experts say most of us don't need to worry about exorbitant "sticker prices" for some hospital procedures. Only a small portion of the uninsured need to negotiate.

UPDATE: I-5 closures to remain in place for Monday commute

All northbound and some southbound lanes of the I-5 will remain closed for Monday morning's commute after a fiery tanker crash burned a section of the road Saturday.

Natural History Museum's 'Becoming Los Angeles' exhibit opens

The 14,000-square-foot exhibit encourages visitors to interact with multi-media displays set around artifacts instrumental in shaping modern Los Angeles.

VIDEO: Tanker fire on I-5 closes southbound 2, northbound 5 'long term'

A tanker filled with up to 7,500 gallons of gasoline crashed on the 5 at the 2 Freeway interchange Saturday morning, closing down the freeways and sending up dark smoke.

CA clinics get $22 M to help people sign up for health insurance

The $22M in grants will help California primary care clinics assist uninsured Californians signing up for health insurance under Obamacare.

How to avoid food poisoning on the Fourth of July

Protect your family from food borne illnesses this Fourth of July with these simple food preparation tips.

HHS gives $6M to groups to help enroll children in Medi-Cal

California schools and community groups will get more than $6 million in federal grants to help enroll kids in Medi-Cal, the state's Medicaid program for the poor.

UCLA study says doctors not talking enough about dietary supplements

Doctors are failing to serve up enough advice to their patients about dietary supplements, a UCLA study says. Such advice is important, since so many take supplements.

Anthem Blue Cross to pay $6M in settlement over paper bill fee

Anthem Blue Cross policyholders will receive partial reimbursements for a $2 monthly fee imposed for paper bills. The company still denies any wrongdoing.

Kaiser Permanente fined $4 million over mental health care

The California Department of Managed Health Care has fined Kaiser Permanente $4 million for failure to provide timely mental health care to patients.

Six companies to offer pediatric dental plans on Covered California

The state-run insurance marketplace will offer consumers ten dental plans through six companies when enrollment opens this fall.

Pharmacists would be allowed to provide more care under SB493

A proposed California law would let pharmacists prescribe smoking-cessation drugs, administer routine vaccines and order certain tests without a doctor's supervision.

California faces unique obstacles in implementing Affordable Care Act

As KPCC’s Stephanie O’Neill tells us, California still faces challenges in implementing the law, including some that are unique to the Golden State.

Three SoCal hospitals fined for jeopardizing patient safety

The state public health department fines ten California hospitals, including three in LA and Ventura counties, for jeopardizing patients..

Sidewalk CPR Day will teach you how to save a life

Sudden cardiac arrest kills 360,000 in the US each year. You can learn how to save a cardiac arrest victim with CPR at LA County's Sidewalk CPR Day.