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


Cost Of Medication To Cope With Multiple Sclerosis Continues To Climb

OPB | April 25, 2015 10:53 a.m.

Usually, the more competitive a market, the lower the price. But that hasn't happened over the last couple of decades for multiple sclerosis drugs.

local | Health | Politics | News | Economy | Business

Effort To Make Ore. Hospitals Post Prices Misses Legislative Deadline

OPB | April 21, 2015 3:48 p.m. | Portland

An effort to make Oregon hospitals give consumers up-front prices had a setback in Salem Tuesday.

News | Economy | Health | Science

Oregon Doctors Try To Reduce Number Of C-Section Births

OPB | April 17, 2015 4 p.m. | Portland

The group that helped dramatically reduce the number of early elective births in Oregon, is now turning its attention to C-sections.

News | Politics | Health

Bill Would Make It Easier To Compare Health Plans

OPB | April 16, 2015 2:45 p.m. | Portland

A bill that would make it easier to compare health insurance plans has made it out of an Oregon Senate committee.

News | Economy

It May Be Tax Day, But Oregonians Still Have To Wait To Learn If There'll Be A Kicker

OPB | April 15, 2015 11:34 a.m. | Portland

April 15th is tax day. But only a quarter of Oregonians have made their final tax payment so far. That means economists still aren't sure Oregonians will see a kicker this year.

News | Economy

Employment Up, But Wages Have Yet To Begin To Climb

OPB | April 14, 2015 3:44 p.m. | Portland

Oregon's unemployment rate has fallen below the national average for the first time in 19 years.  That's good news for the economy, but not everybody appears to be benefiting.

News | Economy

Oregon's Unemployment Rate Falls Below National Average

OPB | April 14, 2015 10:01 a.m.

The state's unemployment rate was 5.4 percent in March, the first time it has fallen below the national average in 19 years.

Politics | News | Business | Economy | Nation

Oregon Delegation Seeks To Expand Business Relationship With Japan

OPB | April 13, 2015 12:28 p.m. | Portland

A couple of dozen Oregonians are headed to Japan Monday, for a business recruitment trip. It's the biggest delegation since the state started the trips during the depths of the recession.

Politics | local | Pacific Ocean | Unprepared: Will We Be Ready For The Megaquake?

Q&A: Bill Would Let State Tsunami Experts Overrule Local Decisions

OPB | April 6, 2015 1:34 p.m.

The Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries officially has the power to regulate construction in a tsunami zone. But in practice, developers and cities only have to consult with the state - they don't have to actually take any advice.

local | Health | Politics | Parents | News | Economy

Oregon Researchers Say New Test For Down Syndrome Is More Accurate

OPB | April 3, 2015 3:45 p.m. | Portland

There's a new, more accurate test for Down Syndrome. Oregon researchers say it's better for expectant mothers because it returns fewer false positives.

News | Politics | Economy | Health

Effort To Increase Organ Donors Delayed By ODOT Concerns

OPB | April 1, 2015 2:17 p.m. | Portland

A plan to increase the number of organ donors in Oregon is being delayed by Transportation Department concerns.

News | Economy

Oregon's Economy Is 'Close To Full-Throttle'

OPB | March 31, 2015 11:41 a.m. | Portland

Oregon's economy is "close to full-throttle," according to the state.

Recreation | Health | local | Education | Parents | News | Transportation

Cities Think Walking To School Is Good For Health

OPB | March 30, 2015 1:44 p.m. | Portland

Tigard and Milwaukie are the first cities in the Portland area to pass resolutions asking Metro to make it safer for kids to walk to school.

News | Health | Science

This Season's Flu Especially Dangerous

OPB | March 27, 2015 4:07 p.m. | Portland

The Oregon Health Authority says more people were hospitalized for the flu this season than any since records began, 10 years ago.

Politics | News | Business | Economy | Health

Director Of Oregon's Pot Program Fired

OPB | March 27, 2015 10:33 a.m. | Portland

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission will not say why the director of the state's marijuana program was fired.

Family | Health | Education | Politics | Teachers | News

University Of Oregon Employee Who Spoke Out Says She's Been Fired

OPB | March 26, 2015 4:14 p.m. | Portland

A University of Oregon employee, who spoke out about the way a student's health records were accessed by the university, says she's been fired.

Science | Family | Health | Politics | Parents | News | NW Life

The Medical Pros And Cons Of Suppressing Puberty In Transgender Teens

OPB | March 26, 2015 midnight | Portland

A look at some of the medical pros and cons of suppressing puberty in transgender teens. Oregon is the only state in the nation that will pay for children to undergo puberty suppression - if they're on the Oregon Health Plan.

Science | Family | Health | Politics | Parents | News

Oregon Health Plan Pays For Puberty Suppression

OPB | March 25, 2015 midnight | Portland

The Oregon Health Plan now pays for drugs that suppress puberty in children who think they might want to change their gender.

Science | Technology | Health | Pacific Ocean | Politics | News | Economy | Environment

Congressional Democrats Want More Money For Earthquake Early Warning System

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

Congressional Democrats from up and down the West Coast are asking the House Appropriations Committee to allocate more money for a new earthquake early warning system.

Politics | News | Business | Economy | Technology

Legislative Fix To Encourage Google Fiber

OPB | March 23, 2015 3:19 p.m. | Portland

The Oregon Legislature is struggling to send the right message to Google. The state house passed a bill last week to grant tax benefits to many high-tech companies. And now Google is warning part of that bill would hinder its plans to deliver faster internet service to Portland.