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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.

Foden-Vencil 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 publications as varied as The Oregonian, the BBC, NPR, the Salem Statesman Journal, Willamette Week, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Voice of America.

Kristian has won a Peabody 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 | Health | Science

As In Vitro Fertilization Methods Improve, Abortion Rates Drop

OPB | Aug. 31, 2015 6:45 p.m. | Portland

Some people oppose the use of a surrogate to have a baby. One reason is that transferred fetuses are sometimes aborted - because they're unhealthy or there are too many of them. But improvements in in vitro fertilization methods is resulting a reduction in the number of abortions.

News | Renewable energy | Environment | Energy

Obama's Alaska Trip Prompts Arctic Drilling Protest

OPB | Aug. 31, 2015 3:30 p.m. | Portland

People protesting oil drilling in the Arctic marched through downtown Portland Monday, and held a “die-in.” They're trying to send President Obama a message as he travels to Alaska this week.

News | local | History

Archeologists Return To Lake County's Ancient Cave

OPB | Aug. 30, 2015 7 a.m. | Portland

Archaeologists from the University of Oregon return this week to a cave where the oldest known footwear in the world was found.

News | Health | Science

Oregon Considers Changing When To Issue Beach Advisories

OPB | Aug. 27, 2015 1:45 p.m. | Portland

Oregon will likely see a lot more advisories for beach bacteria in the future. But it’s not because the state is finding more bacteria, it’s because it’s lowering the bar for issuing an advisory.

News | local | Economy | Business

Chinese Tourists Expected To Continue Flocking To Oregon

OPB | Aug. 25, 2015 12:52 p.m. | Portland

Oregon’s tourism industry is growing at 14 percent, but a fair slice of that growth relies on one country — and it’s having problems.

News | local

Janelle Monae Rallies Alongside Don't Shoot Portland

OPB | Aug. 24, 2015 3:45 p.m. | Portland

R&B singer Janelle Monae rallied in Portland Monday in memory of Michael Brown, the unarmed teenager shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, last year.

News | local

Tourists Flock To Oregon, Especially From Abroad

OPB | Aug. 24, 2015 11:44 a.m. | Portland

Tourists are flocking to Oregon and Portland, especially from overseas.

News | NW Life | Economy | Politics

Relief Available For People Who've Lost Homes To Wildfire

OPB | Aug. 21, 2015 10:36 a.m. | Portland

After 36 homes were burned at the Canyon Creek Wildfire outside John Day this week, Oregon is trying to let owners know that relief is available.

News | local

Firefighter Deaths Trigger Memories For Oregonians

OPB | Aug. 20, 2015 4:21 p.m. | Portland

The identities of the three firefighters who died in Washington on Wednesday have been released.

News | local | Health

Head Lice: Experts Say Combs, Not Chemicals, The Answer

OPB | Aug. 20, 2015 11:07 a.m. | Portland

Is combing or using stronger chemicals the best way to get rid of head lice?

News | local

Oregon Appeals Court Upholds Conviction In Animal Abuse Case

OPB | Aug. 19, 2015 1:25 p.m.

Animal rights activists are celebrating after the Oregon Court of Appeals upheld the conviction of a woman for neglecting dozens of cats. 

News | Family | Economy | Science | Parents | Politics | Health

Becoming A Surrogate: The Quest For Pregnancy

OPB | Aug. 19, 2015 12:45 p.m. | Portland

A Portland woman who hopes to carry twins for a gay couple from Israel undergoes extensive medical preparations to get pregnant.

News | local | Business

Vote Postponed On Facebook Tax Break For Proposed Prineville Data Center

OPB | Aug. 19, 2015 11:19 a.m.

A vote on whether to give Facebook a tax break to build a third large data center in Prineville has been postponed. 

News | Health

Study: Working On Children Rattles EMS Staff

OPB | Aug. 18, 2015 1:12 p.m. | Portland

Emergency medical staff sometimes get rattled and make mistakes when dealing with children, according to a new study out of Oregon Health & Science University.

Science | Nation | Health | Elections

Medicare: Doctors Should Get Paid For End-Of-Life Talks

NPR | Aug. 18, 2015 5:14 a.m.

After a six-year delay, Medicare proposes to reimburse doctors who hold end-of-life discussions with Medicare patients. The federal program is now soliciting public comments on the idea.

News | local | Business

Oregon's Exports Are Strong Now, But Problems Expected

OPB | Aug. 13, 2015 11:37 a.m. | Portland

Oregon is benefiting from strong exports, but a state economist thinks growth will slow over the next few years.

News | Politics | Economy | Health

Oregon Health Clinics Receive Grants To Promote Health Care

OPB | Aug. 12, 2015 1:16 p.m. | Portland

Four community health centers in Oregon have been awarded close to $4 million, by a federal program aimed at increasing health coverage.

News | local | Health

Report Finds CCOs Don't Effectively Inform New Patients

OPB | Aug. 7, 2015 4:45 p.m. | Portland

Oregon’s Coordinated Care Organizations aren't always effective at informing new patients about their benefits according to a new report.

News | local

Inmate Says State Lost Chance To Execute Him

OPB | Aug. 7, 2015 5 a.m. | Portland

An attorney for death row inmate Gary Haugen has filed a motion to strike his death sentence.

News | Politics | Economy | Health

Drug Manufacturer Reaches $1.1M Settlement With Oregon

OPB | Aug. 5, 2015 4:23 p.m. | Portland

Oregon reached a settlement Wednesday with drug manufacturer Insys.