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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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Marijuana Sellers To Oregon: Push Back New Packaging, Labeling And Testing Deadline

OPB | Sept. 29, 2016 12:04 p.m. | Portland

The next few days might be a good time to marijuan pot as retailers try to sell old inventory because of new state requirements.

local | Science | News | Unprepared: Will We Be Ready For The Megaquake In Oregon?

Engineers Unveil 1st US Tsunami Building Standards In Portland

OPB | Sept. 28, 2016 3:09 p.m. | Portland

The American Society of Civil Engineers in Portland on Wednesday unveiled new standards for building in tsunami zones across the five western states.

Family | local | Pacific Ocean | Politics | Health | Communities | Science | Technology | News | NW Life | Business | Nation | Economy | Parents | Election | Environment | Water | Unprepared: Will We Be Ready For The Megaquake In Oregon?

Scientists Frustrated OSU Will Build $50M Research Center In Tsunami Zone

OPB | Sept. 28, 2016 1:32 p.m. | Portland

OSU is ignoring the advice of some of its ocean scientists by building a $50 million research center in Newport's tsunami zone.

Economy | local | Business | Transportation | News

Portland Squeezes $83,000 Out Of 21 Booted Vehicles

OPB | Sept. 27, 2016 11:39 a.m. | Portland

In August, the city approved a new policy allowing the use of boots to force owners with outstanding citations to pay up.

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Portland Mayor Charlie Hales: 'Black Lives Matter'

OPB | Sept. 23, 2016 3:48 p.m. | Portland

Protesters with the group Don’t Shoot PDX and the Black Lives Matter movement demonstrated in Portland Friday. Mayor Charlie Hales says he will meet with them again Tuesday.

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6 Oregon Health Groups Donate $21.5 Million For Affordable Housing

OPB | Sept. 23, 2016 3:23 p.m. | Portland

Six health care organizations from Oregon are coming together to build three housing complexes.

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Portland Says New Speed Camera Reduces Speeding By 93 Percent

OPB | Sept. 23, 2016 9:45 a.m. | Portland

Transportation experts say a new kind of speed camera has reduced speeding along a Portland highway by 93 percent.

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Oregon Works To Reduce Pain Pill Prescriptions In ER

OPB | Sept. 22, 2016 1:41 p.m. | Portland

Oregon is trying to cut the number of pain pills handed out in emergency rooms.

Health | Science | local | News

Oregon Pharmacies Can Now Prescribe Naloxone For Overdoses

OPB | Sept. 19, 2016 5 a.m. | Portland

People with a friend or family member addicted to opioids can now go to an Oregon pharmacy and get a prescription for Naloxone.

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Sen. Jeff Merkley Pushes Public Option

OPB | Sept. 16, 2016 10:50 a.m. | Portland

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) is touring the state, trying to build support for a public option to be included in the health insurance marketplaces.

Family | local | Politics | Nation | News | NW Life | Business | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

Police Arrest Man Carrying Rifle Near Malheur Occupation Trial

OPB | Sept. 16, 2016 9:17 a.m. | Portland

Police arrested a man carrying a rifle near Portland’s federal courthouse Thursday.

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Oregon Reaches $100 Million Settlement With Oracle

OPB | Sept. 15, 2016 10:28 a.m. | Portland

Oregon has reached a settlement with software giant Oracle over the failed health insurance exchange ‘Cover Oregon.’

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Health Insurance Premiums Increase 3 Percent For Working People

OPB | Sept. 14, 2016 1:03 p.m. | Portland

Three percent is considered a relatively modest increase for health care. It’s lower than last year’s 4 percent and mirrors the recent trend of slower growth.   percent this year.

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People Protest Zoom+ For Not Taking Medicaid Or Medicare

OPB | Sept. 13, 2016 3:08 p.m. | Portland

A couple of dozen people picketed outside Portland-bazed Zoom+ Tuesday. They’re upset the health clinic chain doesn’t accept Medicare and Medicaid.

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Lighter Winds Help Firefighters At 'Old Lady Creek' Fire

OPB | Sept. 13, 2016 9:51 a.m. | Portland

Fire Marshall Bill Slosson said weather conditions are favorable Tuesday for battling the ‘Old Lady Creek’ fire — 20 miles east of Goldendale, Washington.

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North Portland Residents Talk Affordable Housing

OPB | Sept. 10, 2016 2:31 p.m. | Portland

More than 100 people met in St. John’s Saturday to discuss how best to spend Portland tax increment money.

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Prison Reform Demonstration Halts Portland Traffic Downtown

OPB | Sept. 9, 2016 3:58 p.m. | Portland

About 100 people gathered in downtown Portland Friday, to call for prison reform.

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Homeless Deaths Spiked In Portland Last Year

OPB | Sept. 9, 2016 3:51 p.m. | Portland

The number of deaths among people who are homeless in Multnomah County spiked last year at 88.

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Concordia University Opens New Student Accommodation In NE Portland

OPB | Sept. 9, 2016 1:15 p.m. | Portland

Concordia University officially unveiled its new student housing in Northeast Portland Friday.

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Thousands Expected To Walk In Portland For Alzheimer's

OPB | Sept. 9, 2016 10:15 a.m. | Portland

Some 8,000 people are expected to take part in Portland’s "Walk To End Alzheimer’s" on Sunday.