Reporter and Producer
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.
He graduated from the University of Westminster in London.
Oregon’s report card on health care price transparency jumped from an "F" to a "B" this year.
News | Politics | Election | local | Election 2016OPB | 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In an effort to help chronic pain sufferers, Providence Health wants to help them reconsider how they think about pain.
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 NorthwestOPB | 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 | localOPB | 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.
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 | HealthOPB | 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.