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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 | local | News

Physicians Asked To Prescribe Fewer Pills For Back Pain

OPB | Feb. 26, 2017 7:45 a.m. | Portland

The American College of Physicians has updated its guidelines for treating lower back pain. The hope is to reduce opioid dependency.

local | Politics | News

Portland Religious Organizations Join New Sanctuary Movement

OPB | Feb. 24, 2017 2:03 p.m. | Portland

Faith leaders and immigration groups came together in Portland Friday to oppose expanded deportations by the Trump administration. A growing number are offering sanctuary.

Science | News

Oregon Astronomer Plans To Check Out New Star With 7 Exoplanets

OPB | Feb. 23, 2017 11:14 a.m. | Portland

A new star with seven planets is right at the edge of what the moderately sized telescope at the Pine Mountain observatory in Central Oregon can detect.

Health | local | News

Some Are Nervous About Bill To Completely Overhaul Oregon's CCOs

OPB | Feb. 22, 2017 12:54 p.m. | Portland

The head of the Oregon Health Authority, Lynne Saxton, said she’s open to changes in the way coordinated care organizations work.

Health | Politics | News

Gov. Brown Working To Secure Health Insurance For All Oregon Kids

OPB | Feb. 21, 2017 11:02 a.m. | Portland

As the Trump Administration works to repeal the Affordable Care Act, in Oregon, Gov. Kate Brown is trying to expand health care to all children.

local | Politics | News

A Tale Of 2 'Not My Presidents Day' Protests In Portland

OPB | Feb. 20, 2017 12:25 p.m. | Portland

Several people were arrested in Presidents Day protests in downtown Portland Monday. There were essentially two demonstrations - one with a permit, and one without.

Health | local | News

OHA Concerned About Syphilis Epidemic In Oregon

OPB | Feb. 20, 2017 10:05 a.m. | Portland

Oregon is in the midst of a syphilis epidemic according to the Oregon Health Authority. Cases of the disease have increased 2,000 percent over the last decade.

local | News

Portland Lawyers Rally To Support Resistance Movements

OPB | Feb. 17, 2017 5:45 p.m. | Portland

Several dozen lawyers rallied Friday on the steps of the Multnomah County Justice Center in Portland to protest President Donald Trump’s travel ban and comments on the judiciary.


Washington Governor Says He Wouldn't Order National Guard To Round Up Unauthorized Immigrants

OPB | Feb. 17, 2017 1:30 p.m. | Portland

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has said he wouldn’t order his state’s National Guard to round up immigrants. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown's office says it will continue to fight to keep the state an inclusive place for all Oregonians

Health | Business | News

Small Oregon Credit Union Offers Banking To Marijuana Businesses

OPB | Feb. 17, 2017 midnight | Portland

One small Willamette Valley credit union is opening accounts for marijuana businesses, despite a federal ban.

Health | Business | News

Oregon Bans Marijuana-Infused Alcohol

OPB | Feb. 16, 2017 11:22 a.m. | Portland

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission has issued a ban on marijuana-infused alcoholic beverages.

Health | Business | News

Oregon Wants Doctors To Do Full Patient Evaluation Before Recommending Medical Marijuana

OPB | Feb. 15, 2017 3 p.m. | Portland

The State of Oregon wants doctors to conduct a full patient evaluation when recommending medical marijuana.

Health | News

PSU Study Finds Vaping Generates 15 Chemicals

OPB | Feb. 15, 2017 2 a.m. | Portland

A new Portland State University study finds that e-cigarettes produce 15 compounds — even when their liquid doesn’t contain nicotine or flavorings. It’s the largest number of compounds reported so far.

Health | Politics | local | News

Politicians, Hospitals Differ Over What Constitutes A 'Community Benefit'

OPB | Feb. 14, 2017 2:30 p.m. | Portland

Oregon announced that hospitals spent nearly $2 billion on community benefits in 2015.

local | News

Oregon Governor Extends Statewide Emergency Declaration

OPB | Feb. 10, 2017 12:42 p.m. | Portland

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown extended a statewide emergency declaration Friday. The declaration will now last another 30 days.

Health | local | News

Oregon Goes It Alone To Lower Prescription Drug Costs

OPB | Feb. 9, 2017 10:52 a.m. | Portland

A large coalition of nurses, teachers, health advocates, unions and consumer groups are fighting to lower the cost of prescription drugs in Oregon.

Health | local | News

Health Experts: Parasite Cryptosporidium Not Established In Portland Water Supply

OPB | Feb. 8, 2017 4 p.m. | Portland

On average, five to 10 Portland residents get sick from cryptosporidium — a microscopic parasite — every month. City water bureau officials say the bug isn’t established in the water supply despite recent positive tests.

local | Election | Politics | News

Bend's City Council Picks Its Mayor, And Some Councilors Want To Change That

OPB | Feb. 8, 2017 9 a.m. | Bend, Oregon

Bend has an unusual way of choosing a mayor. City councilors select their leader — not voters. But some councilors, unhappy with the system, want to change it.

local | Arts | News

Longtime OPB Journalist Jeff Douglas Dies

OPB | Feb. 7, 2017 3:15 p.m. | Portland

Retired OPB journalist Jeff Douglas died Tuesday after a long battle with cancer.

Health | Politics | News

Oregon Bill To Provide 'Peer Services' To Mentally Ill Gets First Hearing

OPB | Feb. 2, 2017 2:42 p.m. | Portland

People in the mental health community are pushing a bill in Salem this session to mandate “peer services.”