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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

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Oregon Zika Researchers Tell Senators They Need More Money

OPB | June 24, 2016 2:22 p.m. | Portland

Oregon’s senators learned Friday how important Zika virus research is being conducted locally and that more funding is needed. 

Business | Economy | News | Politics

What Does Brexit Mean For Oregon?

OPB | June 24, 2016 9:31 a.m. | Portland

As the United Kingdom decides to leave the European Union, the question in Oregon is: What does it mean for the state?

News | local | Health

Oregon Health Care Organizations Snap Up State 'Quality Dollars'

OPB | June 23, 2016 9:19 a.m. | Portland

The vast majority of Oregon’s "Coordinated Care Organizations" earned all available "quality dollars" last year, according to a new report out of the Oregon Health Authority.

News | local | Health

Oregonians Spent More Than Needed On Health Procedures Last Year

OPB | June 22, 2016 12:30 p.m. | Portland

Oregonians could have saved 28 percent on their health procedures last year if they’d shopped for the best price, according to a new study.

Economy | News | Business | NW Life | local | Health

Large Health Insurance Rate Increases In Oregon Look Likely

OPB | June 17, 2016 3:49 p.m. | Portland

Oregonians who don’t get their insurance through work are facing rate hikes of about 10 to 30 percent next year, according to preliminary figures out of the state.

Pacific Ocean | News | local | NW Life | Education

Weyerhaeuser Donates Land To Move Seaside Schools From Tsunami Zone

OPB | June 17, 2016 1:16 p.m. | Portland

Seaside is a step closer to getting its schools out of the tsunami zone. The timber company Weyerhaeuser announced Friday it's donating 80 acres of land to relocate the schools.

Parents | Economy | Family | News | Business | NW Life | local | Health | Politics

Multnomah County Tobacco Shops Need New Licenses

OPB | June 17, 2016 8:09 a.m. | Portland

Multnomah County adopted new rules for tobacco licenses this week. Stores that sell tobacco will have to apply for a license starting July 1.

News | Business | NW Life | local | Science | Health

Ground Broken On Knight Cancer Institute In Portland

OPB | June 16, 2016 2:36 p.m. | Portland

The first large chunk of the $1 billion raised as part of the "Knight Cancer Challenge" is being spent on a new research building.

News | local | Health | Politics

Oregon Adopts Federal Opioid Prescribing Standards

OPB | June 15, 2016 11:28 a.m. | Portland

Oregon has adopted new federal standards for the prescribing of opioids.

Economy | News | NW Life | local | Science | Health

OHSU Gets Millions To Work For More Organ Transplants For Patients

OPB | June 14, 2016 noon | Portland

Following a White House summit on organ donation, OHSU will receive millions of dollars to try to make organs more accessible to the patients who need them.

Environment | Food | News | Animals | Climate change | Pacific Ocean | local | Science

Native Olympia Oysters Have Built-In Resistance To Ocean Acidification

OPB | June 12, 2016 2:45 p.m. | Portland

Native Olympia oysters have a built-in resistance to ocean acidification, according to a newly published study in the Journal of Limnology and Oceanography.

Election | News | Family | Economy | Business | NW Life | Parents | local | Health | Politics

Oregon Judge Grants New Gender Designation

OPB | June 10, 2016 5:15 p.m. | Portland

An Oregon judge has allowed a transgender person to change their legal gender designation to non binary.

Business | News | local

Veterans Memorial Coliseum Designated A 'National Treasure'

OPB | June 9, 2016 2:45 p.m. | Portland

Portland's Veterans Memorial Coliseum is now considered a national treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which may help generate momentum to renovate it.

Economy | News | Business | NW Life | local | Health

Health Care Profits 'Not Being Passed On To Consumers'

OPB | June 8, 2016 1:15 p.m. | Portland

Large profits at Oregon’s hospitals and health systems are not being passed on to consumers, according to a watchdog group.

Environment | News | local | Science | Health | Lead In The Water

What's The Biggest Problem: Lead Paint Or Lead In The Water?

OPB | June 1, 2016 5:30 p.m. | Portland

For years, Multnomah County has been warning people about lead contamination in the home, but recent revelations of lead-contaminated water have officials rethinking their approach.

News | Economy | local | Health

Moda To Sue Federal Government

OPB | June 1, 2016 2:38 p.m. | Portland

One of Oregon’s largest health insurance companies, Moda, announced Wednesday it’s going to sue the federal government.

Family | News | Parents | Education | local | Health | Lead In The Water

Lead In The Water: How We Got Here

OPB | June 1, 2016 2:30 p.m. | Portland

Portland Public Schools shut off the drinking water district-wide after tests showed elevated lead levels at two schools. How did this happen and where do we go from here?

News | local | Science | Health

Oregon Health Facilities More Willing To Report Their Medical Mistakes

OPB | June 1, 2016 11:19 a.m. | Portland

Oregon’s health facilities are becoming more transparent about mistakes, according to a new report from the Oregon Patient Safety Commission.

News | Family | Economy | Science | Business | Technology | Education | local | NW Life | Health | Politics

9 Serious Problems At OHSU Primate Center In 16 Months

OPB | May 31, 2016 11:29 a.m. | Portland

OHSU has released a list of problems in its animal research centers over the last 16 months.

Business | News | Economy | local | Science

Hillsboro's FEI Being Bought By Massachusetts Company

OPB | May 27, 2016 12:30 p.m. | Portland

One of the states biggest businesses, FEI, is being bought by a Massachusetts company for more than $4 billion.