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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 | News

Study Finds Unvaccinated Children Create Path For Whooping Cough To Spread

OPB | April 18, 2017 1:52 p.m. | Portland

The study, published in the Journal of Pediatrics, looked at a pertussis — or whooping cough — outbreak from 2012.

Economy | Business | News | local

In March, Oregon's Unemployment Rate Fell To A Historic Low

OPB | April 18, 2017 10:39 a.m. | Portland

Over the last year, Oregon employers have added 39,00 people to their payrolls. That’s equivalent to the population of Lake Oswego.

Health | News | local

Report: Medical Debt Agencies Aggressively Go After Debts That Aren't Owed

OPB | April 17, 2017 6 a.m. | Portland

A consumer group has found that millions of Americans face aggressive tactics from medical debt collectors — even when they don't owe money. And it’s ruining their credit.


Oregon Law Enforcement Agencies Want People To Report Hate-Related Activity

OPB | April 14, 2017 5 p.m. | Portland

Police bureaus across the state are encouraging people to report hate crimes.

local | News | Environment

It's Raining, But Wildfire Season Is Starting In Washington

OPB | April 14, 2017 2:39 p.m. | Portland

Despite a wet and windy spring, wildfire season officially begins in Washington state Saturday. Oregon’s fire season typically begins next month, depending on weather conditions.

Election | News

500,000 Oregonians Still Have To File Their Taxes

OPB | April 14, 2017 11:45 a.m. | Portland

About three quarters of tax returns have been sent in. But another half-a-million are still due.

Science | local | News | Technology | Environment

New Earthquake Alert System Rolls Out In Oregon, Washington

OPB | April 10, 2017 midnight | Portland

An early warning system for earthquakes is expanding to Oregon and Washington — thanks to a group of universities and government agencies.

Health | News | local

Oregon Vaccine Skeptics Ask Trump For 'Vaccine Safety Commission'

OPB | April 7, 2017 1:47 p.m. | Portland

A group of Oregonians calling for more research into vaccines returned from a lobbying visit to Washington DC this week.

Health | News

Oregon Law To Stop Patients From Getting Large, Unexpected Medical Bills Heads For A Vote

OPB | April 7, 2017 1 p.m. | Portland

The Oregon House of Representatives could vote on a bill next week to stop patients from being hit by some large, unexpected medical bills.

Health | News | local

Oregon's 'Death With Dignity' Program Is Alive And Well

OPB | April 6, 2017 3:54 p.m. | Portland

The number of prescriptions written for people wanting help to die has increased every year since Oregon started its program 18 years ago.

Health | Business | News | local

Zoom Health Is Leaving Oregon's Health Insurance Exchange

OPB | April 6, 2017 8:48 a.m. | Portland

Another insurance company is dropping out of Oregon’s individual health marketplace.

Health | News

Oregon Lawmakers Want Public Employees To Use CCOs For Health Insurance

OPB | April 5, 2017 1:15 p.m. | Portland

Lawmakers are considering cutting health insurance costs for Oregon’s teachers and government employees, by requiring they use the state’s coordinated care organizations.

Health | News | Food | local

Coalition Proposes Sugary Drinks Tax For Portland

OPB | April 4, 2017 11:04 a.m. | Portland

A coalition of doctors, parents and teachers is proposing a sugary drinks tax for Multnomah County.

Health | News | local

Analysis: GOP Health Care Bill Could Raise Insurance Prices For Oregonians

OPB | March 22, 2017 2:15 p.m. | Portland

Even with its tax credit increases for older consumers, the GOP's new health care bill would increase overall health insurance costs for Oregonians, according to a new analysis.

Health | News

Oregon Lawmakers Consider Making Tobacco Illegal Until Age 21

OPB | March 20, 2017 midnight | Portland

Next month, Lane will become the first county in Oregon to increase the minimum age to buy tobacco — from 18 to 21. Other counties and the whole state might be joining them soon.

Health | News

Deschutes DA Investigating Patient Data Breach At St. Charles Health In Bend

OPB | March 17, 2017 3:48 p.m. | Portland

The Deschutes County District Attorney has launched a criminal investigation into an apparent breach of patient records at St. Charles Health System.

Health | News

Some Republicans Have Problems With The 'American Health Care Act'

OPB | March 17, 2017 3:15 p.m. | Portland

Some Republican lawmakers in Oregon are joining Democrats in their displeasure at the replacement for the Affordable Care Act.

Health | News

Oregon Farmers Speak Out Against Bill To Stop Giving Antibiotics To Healthy Animals

OPB | March 17, 2017 9 a.m. | Portland

Oregon farmers and veterinarians are speaking out against a bill in Salem that would make it illegal to give antibiotics to healthy farm animals.

Health | News

Oregon Governor Says New Health Law Would Triple Uninsured Rate And Cut 23,000 Jobs

OPB | March 16, 2017 4:15 p.m. | Portland

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown released a report Thursday saying the new health care law created by the Trump Administration would triple Oregon’s uninsured rate and cut 23,000 jobs. 

Health | News | local

As CBO Releases Report, Oregonians Rally In Support Of Affordable Care Act

OPB | March 13, 2017 4:15 p.m. | Portland

Oregonians who don’t want to see the Affordable Care Act repealed are rallying around the state. OPB caught up with one group on the Capitol steps Monday.