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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

Politics | Health | News | local

Oregon Senators Sound The Alarm On Latest GOP Health Care Bill

OPB | Sept. 22, 2017 1:13 p.m. | Portland

Nursing home residents in Portland told Oregon’s two Democratic senators Friday that they would be devastated by the health care cuts proposed in the latest bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

local | News | Transportation

I-84 Eastbound Could Be Open Again By Sunday Night

OPB | Sept. 21, 2017 4:22 p.m. | Portland

The eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 along the Columbia River Gorge could be open as early as Sunday evening or Monday morning.

Health | local

Study: Poor Communication Can Aid Spread Of 'Superbugs'

OPB | Sept. 21, 2017 3:01 p.m. | Portland

A new study finds a lack of communication between nursing homes and hospitals is contributing to the spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria.

Politics | Health | News | local

Oregon Faces Steep Cuts Under New Republican Health Care Plan

OPB | Sept. 20, 2017 11:50 a.m. | Portland

Oregon could face one of the biggest financial hits under the Cassidy-Graham bill. That's because the state embraced Obama’s health care reforms and greatly expanded Medicaid.

Health | News | local

OSU Team Identifies Proteins That Could Lead To Gonorrhea Vaccine

OPB | Sept. 20, 2017 9 a.m. | Portland

Researchers at Oregon State University have identified a pair of proteins that might be used to create a vaccine for gonorrhea.

local | News | Northwest Wildfires 2017

Eagle Creek Fire Creates Tough Start To Columbia River Fall Fishing Season

OPB | Sept. 15, 2017 9:12 a.m. | Dodson, Oregon

Fishing guides have had to take clients to Astoria or Longview, Washington as the Columbia River Gorge burns.

Health | News | Northwest Wildfires 2017

Unhealthy Air Quality From Wildfires Persists Across Much Of Oregon

OPB | Sept. 13, 2017 2:54 p.m. | Portland

Many Oregonians have been living in smoky conditions from wildfires for weeks.

local | News | Northwest Wildfires 2017

Some Residents Allowed To Return Home During Eagle Creek Fire

OPB | Sept. 13, 2017 1:07 p.m. | Portland

Fire containment numbers have increased to 13 percent as about 100 families are allowed to return home. 

local | Nation | Family | News | Communities

Portland Police To Stop Labeling People As 'Gang Members'

OPB | Sept. 8, 2017 3:57 p.m. | Portland

The Portland Police Bureau says it will stop labeling people as gang members following concern the label disproportionately affects people of color.

local | News

Portland Police Worry About Violence Sunday Between Dueling Protests

OPB | Sept. 8, 2017 2:29 p.m. | Portland

Portland Police will put extra officers on the street Sunday afternoon to protect against violence between dueling protests.

Nation | Communities | Climate change | local | News | History | Environment | Land | Northwest Wildfires 2017

Nation's Largest Wildfire Burning More Than 180,000 Acres In Southwest Oregon

OPB | Sept. 8, 2017 1:20 p.m. | Portland

Before the Eagle Creek Fire in the Columbia River Gorge became the nation’s top priority wildfire, it was the Chetco Bar Fire near Brookings.

local | History | News

A Misplaced Firework Created The Town Of Cascade Locks 80 Years Ago

OPB | Sept. 7, 2017 3:13 p.m. | Cascade Locks, Oregon

An Oregon town created by a firework 80 years ago almost burned this week by a wildfire started with a firework.

local | Nation | News | Climate change | Northwest Wildfires 2017

Wildfires Across Pacific Northwest Take A Toll On Local Economies

OPB | Sept. 7, 2017 2:01 p.m. | Cascade Locks, Oregon

Many small towns across Oregon, Washington and Idaho are wrestling with the economic effects of wildfires.

Politics | Health | Business | News | local

Families: Oregon Insurance Division Is Slow To Help Autistic Children

OPB | Aug. 30, 2017 12:30 p.m. | Portland

Families who’ve had to go through courts to force insurance companies to cover their medical claims say the Oregon Insurance Division needs to fight harder on the public's behalf.

Northwest Wildfires 2017

Chetco Bar Fire Promises More Fear And Uncertainty For Southwest Oregon

OPB | Aug. 24, 2017 3:30 p.m.

The Chetco Bar Fire is the nation’s top priority wildfire and has burned more than 100,000 acres since its start last month. It’s also forced about 4,000 people from their homes under mandatory evacuation orders.

local | News | Environment

Firefighters Make Progress On Oregon's Chetco Bar Fire

OPB | Aug. 24, 2017 7:04 a.m.

The Chetco Bar Fire has been burning for six weeks. Firefighters have made progress this week, but it remains large and dangerous. 

Health | News | Science | local | OPB's Coverage Of The Oregon Solar Eclipse 2017

Path Of Partiality: Portlanders Celebrate Solar Eclipse

OPB | Aug. 21, 2017 12:47 p.m. | Portland

Thousands gathered Monday along Portland's downtown harbor wall and in the Willamette River to see the solar eclipse.

Health | News | Education | local

OHSU Welcomes New Student Doctors With 'White Coat' Ceremony

OPB | Aug. 11, 2017 2:38 p.m. | Portland

The incoming class of aspiring new OHSU doctors held a ‘white coat’ ceremony in Portland Friday and it’s a diverse group.

local | Business | News | OPB's Coverage Of The Oregon Solar Eclipse 2017

Oregon Marijuana Shops Anticipate Eclipse Sales Spike

OPB | Aug. 11, 2017 11:49 a.m. | Portland

Marijuana sales are seeing a spike in anticipation of Oregon's total eclipse.

Health | News

Advocates Lobby For Coverage Of New Muscular Dystrophy Drug

OPB | Aug. 10, 2017 3:11 p.m. | Portland

Several families traveled to Oregon Thursday to testify before the state’s new Health Evidence Review Commission.