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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

News | local | Health

Oregon Upgrades From 'F' To 'B' For Transparent Health Care Costs

OPB | July 27, 2016 1:12 p.m. | Portland

Oregon’s report card on health care price transparency jumped from an "F" to a "B" this year.

News | Politics | Election | local | Election 2016

Rep. Earl Blumenauer: Specter Of Donald Trump Hangs Over DNC

OPB | July 25, 2016 4:15 p.m. | Portland

Oregon congressman Earl Blumenauer says the specter of a Donald Trump presidency is a palpable force at this year's Democratic National Convention.

Politics | News | Election | local | NW Life | Nation | Election 2016

Speaker Of Oregon House To Address Democratic National Convention

OPB | July 25, 2016 3:15 p.m. | Portland

The speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives tells OPB's Think Out Loud that whoever gets into the White House will need to pay attention to what’s happening in state capitols.

Politics | News | Family | local | Parents | Nation | Health

Social Workers Say What It's Like To Deal With Foster Kids Living In The Office

OPB | July 25, 2016 1:45 p.m. | Portland

OPB broke the news that some foster children are spending the night in offices and hotel rooms. Social workers tell what it's like to tuck them into cots on office floors.

Environment | News | local | Forestry | Business | Economy

Oregon Timber Harvest Slips For 2nd Consecutive Year

OPB | July 25, 2016 9:42 a.m. | Portland

Before the great recession, Oregon was producing about 4 billion board feet of lumber a year. That dropped after the recession as people stopped building houses.

News | local | Science | Health

Alternative Pain Management Center Shows Success

OPB | July 21, 2016 11:17 a.m. | Portland

A Portland pain management program that doesn’t use opioids is showing success, according to a new report.

News | local | Science | Health

Researchers Spend $21M To Study Opioid Alternatives

OPB | July 21, 2016 6 a.m. | Portland

To cut down on opioid abuse, patients are being told to try acupuncture, massage and other treatments for pain. But the science behind some of these alternatives is lacking.

Politics | Nation | News | Family | Election | local | NW Life | Business | Economy | Health

Can Changing How You Think About Pain Lessen What You Feel?

OPB | July 18, 2016 10:26 a.m. | Portland

In an effort to help chronic pain sufferers, Providence Health wants to help them reconsider how they think about pain.

News | local | Nation | Health

Oregonian Turns To Heroin For Pain Relief After Opioid Prescription Cut

OPB | July 18, 2016 9:30 a.m. | Portland

The U.S. Health Department said prescription pain relievers have led many to use heroin.

Politics | Economy | News | local | NW Life | Business | Transportation | Nation | Health | Oil Trains In The Northwest

Oregon Congressmen Introduce Oil Train Safety Bill

OPB | July 14, 2016 4:45 p.m. | Portland

Members of Oregon’s Congressional Delegation introduced legislation Thursday to deal with oil train safety.

News | Transportation | Economy | Business | local

Portland Gets Air Cargo Service To Asia Again

OPB | July 14, 2016 1:53 p.m. | Portland

Portland International is about to get direct air cargo service to Asia again. Cathay Pacific Airways will be the third cargo company to try Portland in eight years.

Politics | Economy | News | Election | Nation | Health

Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden: New Opioid Bill 'A Half Measure'

OPB | July 13, 2016 4 p.m. | Portland

Speaking on the Senate floor, Sen. Ron Wyden, who voted for the bill, said it leaves on the table a lot of opportunities to fight addiction. 

News | Parents | Economy | Business | Family

Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden Pushes Bill To Keep Kids Out Of Foster Care

OPB | July 11, 2016 12:15 p.m. | Portland

Oregon Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden is hoping to pass a bill to keep more kids out of foster care.

News | local | Economy | Business | Health

Another Oregon Health Insurance Company Calls It Quits

OPB | July 8, 2016 3:19 p.m. | Portland

Another statewide health insurance company is shutting down after suffering serious losses. The Oregon Health Co-Op is closing.

NW Life | News | Nation | Politics | local

Portland Police Chief Says Some Officers May Feel Targeted

OPB | July 8, 2016 11:53 a.m. | Portland

Portland’s police chief has given his officers permission to travel in pairs Friday, following the shootings in Dallas.

Science | News | Politics | local | NW Life | Health

Oregon Tries To Improve Access To Dental Care

OPB | July 8, 2016 9:24 a.m. | Portland

The state has launched a work group to improve dental care access for Oregon’s poorest residents. Poor dental hygiene can have serious repercussions for overall health.

Education | Politics | Nation | News | Family | Election | local | NW Life | Business | Parents | Economy | Health

With Foster Care System 'Crisis,' Oregon Puts Kids In Hotel Rooms

OPB | July 6, 2016 3:35 p.m. | Portland

Oregon’s system for finding homes for foster children is in crisis. Some kids are  having to sleep in hotels and state offices — at least temporarily.

News | local | Health

Is Oregon's Public Health System Meeting Needs?

OPB | July 6, 2016 11:56 a.m. | Portland

Oregon’s public health system is “minimal” in a third of communities, according to a new report commissioned by the Oregon Health Authority.

Science | News | Family | local | Parents | Health

New Report Outlines Vast Differences In Hospital Costs For Oregonians

OPB | July 5, 2016 3:17 p.m. | Portland

The difference in what people pay for medical procedures was highlighted Tuesday by a new report from the Oregon Health Authority.

Politics | News | Family | local | Parents | Health

Oregon To Unveil Youth Marijuana Prevention Ads

OPB | July 5, 2016 6 a.m. | Portland

The state is scheduled to unveil a new pilot project Wednesday that's aimed at warning kids to stay away from marijuana.