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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

Health | News | Economy | Science | Politics | Business | local

Marijuana Startup Economy Booms As The Medical Cannabis Industry Struggles

OPB | May 23, 2017 11:30 a.m. | Portland

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.

Health | News

Most Medicaid Recipients In Oregon Are Likely To Be Found Eligible

OPB | May 23, 2017 11:13 a.m. | Portland

Gov. Kate Brown has given the Oregon Health Authority until the end of August to figure out the Medicaid eligibility of 115,000 Oregonians.

Health | News | Economy | Science | Politics | Business | local

How Oregon Incorporates New Medical Marijuana Science

OPB | May 23, 2017 11 a.m. | Portland

After 20 years, Oregon still struggles to regulate medical marijuana and respond to new science.

Health | Business | News | local

Medical Marijuana Sales In Oregon Plummeting As Recreational Sales Increase

OPB | May 23, 2017 7:45 a.m. | Portland

Oregon's medical marijuana program appears to be dying on the vine as customers turn to recreational marijuana instead.

Economy | Health | Business | News | local

20 Years On, Oregon Still Imposes Strict Limits On Medical Claims For Marijuana

OPB | May 23, 2017 7:45 a.m. | Portland

After almost 20 years, the medical benefits of marijuana remain unclear — and businesses must steer clear of medical claims.

Health | News | Entertainment | local

Oregon Doctor Questions Use Of Soap Opera To Promote Cancer Drug

OPB | May 22, 2017 1:44 p.m. | Portland

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.

Health | News

Oregon Warm Weather Brings Fun, Safety Concerns

OPB | May 22, 2017 11:08 a.m.

The warm weather has authorities warning about everything from drownings to falling out of windows.

Health | News

Health Group Prescribes Healthy Food To Heal Persistent Wounds

OPB | May 22, 2017 midnight | Portland

CareOregon is trying a new way of treating people with wounds that refuse to heal — prescribing healthy food.

Health | News

Coast Guard Will Stop Injuring Animals For Medical Training

OPB | May 19, 2017 10:27 a.m. | Portland

Oregon's Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden has written to the US Coast Guard applauding its decision to temporarily suspend live-tissue training on animals.

Health | News

Oregon Health Authority Says Medicaid Recipients May Still Be Eligible

OPB | May 18, 2017 2:14 p.m. | Portland

The Oregon Health Authority is fighting assertions from the Secretary of State that it’s spending millions on health benefits for ineligible people.

NW Life | Health | Eclipse 2017

Normal Wildfire Season Predicted For Pacific Northwest, Except For Eclipse

OPB | May 18, 2017 11:41 a.m. | Portland

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.

Health | News | local

Oregon Governor Signs Laws To Expand Rights For Foster Kids

OPB | May 17, 2017 5:30 p.m. | Portland

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed two bills into law Wednesday securing new rights for foster kids.

Health | News | local

Oregon Spending Millions On Ineligible Medicaid Recipients, Secretary Of State Warns

OPB | May 17, 2017 10:12 a.m. | Portland

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.

Health | News | local

Cases Of Whooping Cough Pop Up In Oregon, But It's Normal

OPB | May 16, 2017 1:55 p.m. | Portland

Authorities at Beverley Cleary School in Portland say there’s been one confirmed case of whooping cough there.

Health | News | local

Individual Oregonians' Health Insurance Rates May Increase By Nearly 22 Percent Next Year

OPB | May 16, 2017 11:40 a.m. | Portland

Individual Oregonians who buy health insurance through may see rates jump by nearly 22 percent next year.

Health | News | local

Trump Wants To End Obama Era Small Business Health Insurance Program

OPB | May 15, 2017 6:30 p.m. | Portland

The Trump administration announced Monday it wants small businesses to stop buying health insurance on the federal exchange

Health | News | local

1 In 4 Oregon Vehicles Has Unfixed Recalls

OPB | May 15, 2017 midnight | Portland

As summer approaches, many Oregonians may be considering a road trip. But it’s somewhat disconcerting to know that 1 in 4 vehicles has an unfixed manufacturer's recall.


Oregon Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of Beach Bill

OPB | May 12, 2017 11:37 a.m. | Portland

Saturday marks the 50th anniversary of the Oregon Beach Bill, which stopped the state's beaches from being partitioned for private use — like in California.

Politics | Nation | News

Jeff Sessions Calls For Tougher Drug Penalties, Oregon Reacts

OPB | May 12, 2017 10:07 a.m. | Portland

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.

Health | News

Oregon's Top Democrat Says Drug Manufacturers May Influence Opioid Workshop

OPB | May 9, 2017 4:15 p.m. | Portland

Oregon’s senior senator is worried drug manufacturers may be unduly influencing a federal opioid abuse workshop.