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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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Hospital Charity Care In Oregon Dropping Precipitously

OPB | Feb. 1, 2016 11:04 a.m. | Portland

Now that more people have health insurance, tax-exempt hospitals aren't performing as much charity care. What does it mean for their tax-exempt status?

Business | News | Economy | local

Will New Home Disclosure Sites Cause 'Paralysis by Analysis'?

OPB | Feb. 1, 2016 midnight | Portland

A real estate company just launched a site that will provide 42 different reports on a house — everything from the sink hole risk to local registered polluters.

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

OHSU Re-Evaluating Relationship With Moda

OPB | Jan. 29, 2016 5 p.m. | Portland

Oregon Health and Science University is re-evaluating its relationship with the troubled health insurance company Moda Health.

Business | local | News | Economy | Health

State Says Moda Doesn't Have Enough Money To Continue Operating

OPB | Jan. 28, 2016 3:47 p.m. | Portland

Oregon says Moda, one of the state’s biggest individual health insurers, doesn’t have enough money to continue operating.

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

Hospital System Says Flu Season Has Started

OPB | Jan. 28, 2016 1:44 p.m. | Portland

Providence Health is putting restrictions on visitors at eight Portland area hospitals after an increase in flu activity.

Politics | History | News | Nation | local | An Armed Occupation In Eastern Oregon

Armed Occupiers Convene Common Law Grand Jury Against Local Officials

OPB | Jan. 24, 2016 11:15 a.m. | Harney County, Oregon

Armed occupiers in Harney County are moving forward with efforts to change the legal system.

Politics | local | News | Nation | Land | Land use | An Armed Occupation In Eastern Oregon

1 Rancher Says He'll Ignore His Grazing Contract

OPB | Jan. 23, 2016 6:51 p.m. | Hanrey County, Oregon

A rancher from New Mexico signed a letter Saturday telling the federal government he will no longer honor his grazing contract.

Politics | News | local | Health | Science

Oregon Senator Seeks Different Way To Develop New Drugs

OPB | Jan. 23, 2016 9:33 a.m. | Portland

Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden wants to shake up the way we pay for prescription drugs, but did not go so far as to offer a concrete plan.

Politics | local | News | Business | NW Life | Economy | Elections

Oregon's Unemployment Rate Drops Significantly

OPB | Jan. 20, 2016 4:16 p.m. | Portland

Oregon’s unemployment rate dropped three-tenths of a percent in December.

Recreation | Politics | News | Environment | Animals | NW Life | Water | Economy | Fish & Wildlife | Elections | An Armed Occupation In Eastern Oregon

Hundreds Rally In Portland, Eugene, Bend To Oust Malheur Occupiers

OPB | Jan. 19, 2016 3:45 p.m. | Portland

Oregonians across the state braved a soggy afternoon Tuesday to protest the occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge.

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

Group Distributes Meth Pipes To Reduce Intravenous Use

OPB | Jan. 15, 2016 3:39 p.m. | Portland

A group says it’s distributing meth pipes to Portland drug users.  The group says the aim is to help make them less likely to inject the drug.

Business | News | local | Health | Parents

Groups Try To Slow Merger Of Catholic Health Systems

OPB | Jan. 14, 2016 12:45 p.m. | Portland

Several public interest groups have written to Oregon’s Attorney General asking her not to fast track a merger between Providence Health and St. Joseph Health.

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

New Nonprofit Recycles Unused Medicines, Gives To Homeless

OPB | Jan. 13, 2016 12:53 p.m. | Portland

A new Oregon non-profit called Sirum takes unused medicines and gives them to needy people.

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

Seniors Protest Trans-Pacific Partnership

OPB | Jan. 12, 2016 3 p.m. | Portland

Seniors from Portland and about 20 other cities across the nation, are protesting the Trans-Pacific Partnership Tuesday.

News | Family | Economy | local

Most New Oregonians Are In Their 20s And 30s

OPB | Jan. 11, 2016 4:45 p.m. | Portland

Roughly 10,000 people in their late 20s early 30s moved to Oregon in 2014.

Politics | Family | local | News | Health | Science | Food | Environment | Economy | Parents | NW Life

Study Finds Lead Affects ADHD, Even In Minuscule Amounts

OPB | Jan. 9, 2016 5:15 a.m. | Portland

Oregon Health and Science University says it’s been able to confirm a link between ADHD and lead in humans for the first time. 

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

Insurance Customers Shop For Deals At Healthcare.gov

OPB | Jan. 8, 2016 11:30 a.m. | Portland

New data from the feds show most Oregonians who buy individual health insurance are shopping around for the best deal.

Health | Politics | local | News | Environment | Land | Business | NW Life | Communities | Forestry | Economy | Elections | An Armed Occupation In Eastern Oregon

Like The 'Rust Belt', The 'Timber Belt' And Harney County Are Hurting

OPB | Jan. 7, 2016 10:43 a.m. | Portland

While Harney County residents are asking armed protesters to leave, many locals are sympathetic to their issues. Economists say the root may lie in the west’s rural economy.

Water | Politics | local | News | Business | NW Life | Transportation | Economy

Port Of Longview Fires Its CEO

OPB | Jan. 6, 2016 1:47 p.m. | Portland

Commissioners at the Port of Longview have unanimously voted to fire their chief executive officer.

Politics | Family | local | News | Health | Economy | Business | NW Life | Land use | Land | Elections

How Might Portland Control Infill Without A Demolition Tax?

OPB | Jan. 6, 2016 1:30 p.m. | Portland

A proposed tax on the demolition of some Portland homes is dead, but the city is still considering other ways to control construction.