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Kristian Foden-Vencil

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.

Kristian has won a Peabody Award along with awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists and the Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors.

He graduated from the University of Westminster in London.

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Recent Articles

Election 2016

Portland Mayor's Race: Jessie Sponberg On The Issues

OPB | May 3, 2016 4:31 p.m.

Longtime community activist Jessie Sponberg is one of 15 candidates to be Portland's next mayor. 

Health | Economy | News | NW Life | Business

Many Oregonians Likely To Face Higher Health Insurance Premiums In 2017

OPB | May 3, 2016 3:03 p.m. | Portland

Many Oregonians are likely to face substantially higher health insurance premiums in 2017.

Pacific Ocean | Health | News | local

Traces Of Pain Medications Found In Oregon's Oysters

OPB | 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. 

Politics | News | Education

Gov. Brown Names Eugene Superintendent Education Innovation Officer

OPB | April 28, 2016 1 p.m. | Portland

Gov. Kate Brown tapped Colt Gill, superintendent of Eugene's Bethel School District, as the state's Education Innovation Officer on Thursday.

News | NW Life | Business | Election | Family | Politics | Election 2016

Oregon Senator Launches Effort To Expand Vote-By-Mail

OPB | April 28, 2016 11:35 a.m. | Portland

Oregon Democratic Senator Ron Wyden has launched a new campaign to expand Oregon-style vote-by-mail nationwide.

Health | Nation | News | Politics

Wyden Introduces Medicare Drug Cost Cap

OPB | April 28, 2016 10:25 a.m. | Portland

Oregon U.S. Senator Ron Wyden has introduced a bill to stop Medicare recipients from facing out-of-pocket expenses of more than $7,500 a year.

Politics | NW Life | Transportation | Business | local | Election | Economy | Family | News

Portland Commissioner Steve Novick Makes Gas Tax A Key Part Of His Race

OPB | April 27, 2016 1:43 p.m. | Portland

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.

Health | News | local

Finances Come First, Following Alzheimer's Diagnosis

OPB | April 27, 2016 1:33 p.m. | Portland

More than 120 people who care for Alzheimer’s patients held a conference in Wilsonville Wednesday.

Health | Politics | Business | local | Economy | News | Education

Couple Donates $12 Million To Help Build New OHSU Facilities

OPB | April 26, 2016 1:05 p.m. | Portland

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.

local | News | Business

Nike Founder Phil Knight Says He'll Give Away Most Of His Money

OPB | April 22, 2016 3:45 p.m. | Portland

Nike founder Phil Knight plans to give most of his money to charity, according to CBS.

local | News | Business

State Selects 14 New Stores To Sell Liquor In Portland Area

OPB | April 22, 2016 12:39 p.m. | Portland

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 | News

Oregon Researchers Frustrated By Federal Genetic Testing Block

OPB | 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.

Health | News | local

USDA Warns OHSU After Monkey Death

OPB | April 20, 2016 4:42 p.m.

Oregon Health & Science University has received an official warning from the federal government following the death of one of its research monkeys.

local | NW Life | Family | News | Oregon, The Surrogacy State

The Envelope, Please: DNA And Surrogacy

OPB | April 20, 2016 12:30 p.m. | Portland

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 | NW Life | Family | News | local | Oregon, The Surrogacy State

Thou Shalt Have Children: The 11th Commandment

OPB | April 20, 2016 12:30 p.m.

Not allowed to use a surrogate in their home country, an Israeli couple turned to a Portland woman for help in starting a family of their own.

Health | Fish & Wildlife | Politics | NW Life | Food | Recreation | local | Economy | Family | News

Limit Your Consumption Of Bass, Oregon Officials Say

OPB | 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.

local | NW Life | News | Parents | Oregon, The Surrogacy State

Religion And State: Oregon Born, Israel Bound

OPB | April 18, 2016 12:30 p.m. | Portland

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.

local | News | Parents | Oregon, The Surrogacy State

Checkup: An Oregon Surrogate's Story

OPB | April 18, 2016 12:30 p.m. | 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.

local | NW Life | News | Parents | Oregon, The Surrogacy State

Fertile Ground: Why Oregon Is The Surrogacy State

OPB | April 18, 2016 12:30 p.m. | Tel Aviv, Israel

There isn't one big reason people end up looking for surrogates in Oregon. It's more like a consequence of a lot of decisions.

Environment | Health | Science | Politics | NW Life | Business | local | Technology | Renewable energy | Economy | News | Nation

Oregon Kite Power Start-Up Gets State And Federal Funding

OPB | 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.