Stephanie O'Neill Health Care Correspondent
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
Ventura County has given numerous law enforcement officers 40 hours of training in how to deal with the mentally disturbed. But there are still cracks in the system.
California legislators are considering a bill that would make it possible to take away someone's gun rights if they are deemed a danger to themselves or others.
The Santa Barbara Sheriff's Department says deputies violated no law or policy in their investigation of Elliot Rodger last month. Some observers say protocols should be amended.
Clinical use of LSD to treat alcoholism dates to the 1950s. Researchers now prefer psilocybin, because it has less stigma and does not last as long.
MDMA is an empathogen, which increases the user's sense of trust and compassion. That has helped with PTSD sufferers who took it in studies.
Patients who participated in studies using psilocybin to treat cancer anxiety reported an improved quality of life and better relationships with family and friends.
Researchers believe psilocybin and MDMA — ecstasy — have tremendous potential as treatments for addiction, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and other conditions.
An environmental group sued over the use of cocamide DEA, which puts suds in soaps and emulsifies lotions. It has been found to cause cancer in animals.
Clinical depression can delay physical healing and make recovery more difficult. Those displaying signs of the illness will undergo detailed screening.
New numbers released by Covered California show the first open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act exceeded expectations.
Many Californians remain without health insurance this year, choosing instead to pay a fine for forgoing health insurance required by the Affordable Care Act.
More than 70,000 enrolled in health plans through Covered California between April 1-9, according to the agency's executive director.
The crush is stressing the agency's website; some applicants may be logged off and told to come back another day to finish enrolling by April 15.
The pace of flu-related deaths is declining. Health officials say it's not too late to get a flu shot.
The Affordable Care Act is making it possible for some to retire early, and for others to quit unfulfilling jobs to strike out on their own.