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.
Longtime community activist Jessie Sponberg is one of 15 candidates to be Portland's next mayor.
Pacific Ocean | Health | News | localOPB | May 2, 2016 3:46 p.m. | Portland
A new study led by Portland State University finds that oysters in Coos and Netarts bays contain a cocktail of potentially harmful chemicals.
Gov. Kate Brown tapped Colt Gill, superintendent of Eugene's Bethel School District, as the state's Education Innovation Officer on Thursday.
The proposed Portland gas tax is the brainchild of Commissioner Steve Novick. He's tied himself closely to the tax, which isn’t something politicians up for reelection usually do.
More than 120 people who care for Alzheimer’s patients held a conference in Wilsonville Wednesday.
Oregon Health & Science University’s expansion into Portland’s South Waterfront took two large steps Tuesday. The university broke ground on a new 14-story high-rise and a 10-story quasi-hotel.
Nike founder Phil Knight plans to give most of his money to charity, according to CBS.
The Oregon Liquor Control Commission has selected 14 new stores to sell liquor in the Portland metropolitan area.
Health | Science | Politics | NW Life | Business | local | Technology | Parents | Economy | Family | NewsOPB | April 22, 2016 10:10 a.m. | Portland
Congressional efforts to block research on the genes of human embryos continues. Researchers at Oregon Health & Sciences University find that particularly frustrating.
Oregon has become a destination for people looking for in vitro fertilization and a surrogate to carry a child. On the journey, however, these parents walk a tightrope of laws and social expectations, as one situation in Israel shows.
Health | Fish & Wildlife | Politics | NW Life | Food | Recreation | local | Economy | Family | NewsOPB | April 19, 2016 2:07 p.m. | Portland
The Oregon Health Authority is warning people not to eat too much bass. The fish is a top predator, so the longer it lives, the more mercury-contaminated fish it consumes.
There are many reasons why Oregon is something of an international center for surrogacy. But for Israeli couples who are gay, there’s another reason to come here: Congregation Beth Israel in Portland.
Meet Mardi Palan, a hairdresser from Southeast Portland who lives with her partner and 2-year-old son. Palan is carrying twins as a surrogate for a gay couple from Israel.
Environment | Health | Science | Politics | NW Life | Business | local | Technology | Renewable energy | Economy | News | NationOPB | April 18, 2016 11:15 a.m. | Portland
An Oregon start-up that’s trying to use kites to generate electricity has secured close to a quarter of a million dollars from the US Department of Agriculture and state agencies.