Reporter and Producer
Kristian Foden-Vencil is a reporter and producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting. He specializes in health care, business, politics, law and public safety. In 2004 he was embedded with the Oregon National Guard in Iraq.
Kristian started as a cub reporter in 1988, working for newspapers in London, England. In 1991 he moved to Oregon and started freelancing. His work has appeared in The Oregonian, the BBC, NPR, the Statesman Journal, Willamette Week, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Voice of America.
He graduated from the University of Westminster in London.
Plenty of marijuana research is being conducted in Oregon, but it's mainly aimed at growing more marijuana at lower costs, rather than finding the next FDA-approved drug.
Gov. Kate Brown has given the Oregon Health Authority until the end of August to figure out the Medicaid eligibility of 115,000 Oregonians.
Oregon's medical marijuana program appears to be dying on the vine as customers turn to recreational marijuana instead.
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An Oregon doctor is worried that a drug company is skirting regulations by using the plot line of a popular soap opera to push its product.
CareOregon is trying a new way of treating people with wounds that refuse to heal — prescribing healthy food.
Oregon's Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden has written to the US Coast Guard applauding its decision to temporarily suspend live-tissue training on animals.
The Oregon Health Authority is fighting assertions from the Secretary of State that it’s spending millions on health benefits for ineligible people.
Authorities think this summer is going to be average for wildfire activity — but they're worried about all the people who'll be in the Oregon wilderness for the solar eclipse.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed two bills into law Wednesday securing new rights for foster kids.
The Oregon secretary of state sent an audit alert to all 90 lawmakers Wednesday warning that Oregon Health Authority may be sending as much as $37 million a month to ineligible Medicaid recipients.
Authorities at Beverley Cleary School in Portland say there’s been one confirmed case of whooping cough there.
Individual Oregonians who buy health insurance through Healthcare.gov may see rates jump by nearly 22 percent next year.
The Trump administration announced Monday it wants small businesses to stop buying health insurance on the federal exchange HealthCare.gov.
Oregon Democratic state Sen. Floyd Prozanski says it’s unclear whether the attorney general is talking about marijuana or drugs like heroin, methamphetamine and opioids.
Oregon’s senior senator is worried drug manufacturers may be unduly influencing a federal opioid abuse workshop.