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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.

Foden-Vencil 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 publications as varied as The Oregonian, the BBC, NPR, the Salem Statesman Journal, Willamette Week, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Voice of America.

Kristian has won a Peabody 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

News | Health | Science

FDA Wants To Change Sugar Labeling On Food

OPB | July 24, 2015 3:40 p.m. | Portland

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration wants to change the way sugar content is labeled on your food.

Transportation | News | Politics

Portland's Street Fee Is Not Dead

OPB | July 23, 2015 3:03 p.m. | Portland

The discussion about how to repair Portland’s streets has been resurrected.

Transportation | News | Politics | Economy

Portland Halfway Through Street Light Conversion Project

OPB | July 23, 2015 1:40 p.m. | Portland

The city has been working on the project since last year, and is already saving about $100,000 a month in electricity costs, according to city officials.

News | Politics | Economy

Group Seeks $13.50-An-Hour Minimum Wage In Oregon

OPB | July 22, 2015 2:38 p.m. | Portland

A coalition of workers, business owners, and community organizations kicked off a campaign Wednesday to raise Oregon’s minimum wage.

News | Health | Family | Politics

Oregon Aims To Cut Opioid Use Among Pain Sufferers

OPB | July 22, 2015 6 a.m. | PORTLAND, Ore.

Starting in January, the Oregon Health Plan will change the way it deals with back pain. Acupuncture, physical therapy and other alternative treatments will be covered.

Politics | News | Health | Family | Economy

Study: Demand For Health Care In Oregon Has Gone Up

OPB | July 20, 2015 3 p.m. | Portland

A new study finds Oregon’s health care sector is going to have to expand substantially to keep up with all the people that have new health insurance.

News | local | Politics | Economy

Grants Pass Mulls New Sales Tax To Close Funding Gap

OPB | July 20, 2015 2:45 p.m. | Portland

Grants Pass residents are expected to get their first look at a proposed new sales tax Tuesday.

News | Health | Politics

Some Oregonians Welcome Change To End-Of-Life Rules

OPB | July 16, 2015 7 p.m. | Portland

After a six-year delay, Medicare is thinking again about allowing doctors to bill for end-of-life consultations.

Technology | News | Business | Politics | Economy

Jaguar Land Rover Tech Incubator Starts Taking Applications

OPB | July 13, 2015 3:28 p.m. | Portland

The new Jaguar Land Rover tech incubator that’s being built in Portland is now accepting applications from start-ups.

News | Health | Politics | Economy

Oregonians Have A New Way To Save For Retirement

OPB | July 13, 2015 1:45 p.m. | Portland

Gov. Kate Brown signed a bill into law Monday that creates a new retirement savings plan for Oregonians.

News | Politics | Economy

Amtrak Trip From Portland To Seattle To Get Faster

OPB | July 11, 2015 midnight | Portland

Amtrak has announced a series of changes to its schedule between Portland and Seattle this summer. Trains will run faster, cutting 10 minutes off the 3 hour and 50 minute journey.

local | Health | Politics | News

Feds Propose Paying Doctors To Have End-Of-Life Conversations

OPB | July 10, 2015 10:45 a.m. | Portland

After years of debate about whether the government should encourage end-of-life plans, the feds have proposed reimbursing doctors to have those conversations.

local | Health | News

Whooping Cough Outbreak Continues In The Dalles

OPB | July 8, 2015 2 p.m. | Portland

Health officials continue to tackle a whooping cough outbreak in The Dalles that's been running since the end of last month.

Elections | Economy | News | Health | Science | Politics | Environment

2015 Marks Banner Year For Earthquake Preparedness In Oregon

OPB | July 7, 2015 5:45 p.m. | Portland

The legislative session that just ended in Salem proved to be the most fruitful ever in terms of earthquake preparedness.

Water | Fish & Wildlife | Environment | News

Warm Weather Brings Boaters, Threat Of Invasive Species

OPB | July 6, 2015 4:30 p.m. | Portland

Oregon Fish and Wildlife inspectors found invasive zebra mussels on a boat in Ashland last week. It was being hauled from Texas to Auburn, Washington.

Elections | Economy | Education | News | Health | Politics

Oregon Plans To Spend Big On Earthquake Preparedness

OPB | July 6, 2015 11:14 a.m. | Portland

Oregon lawmakers are set to spend $300 million on earthquake preparedness. It’s the largest chunk of change the state’s ever put towards seismic preparedness.

Land use | Economy | Business | News | Environment | Politics

Troutdale Superfund Site Starts Phase 2 Improvements

OPB | July 6, 2015 midnight | Portland

An effort to turn one of Oregon’s largest wastelands into new industrial sites appears to be working.

Technology | News | Health | Politics | Economy

Oregon House Approves 'Right-To-Try' Legislation

OPB | July 3, 2015 2:11 p.m. | Portland

Both chambers of the Oregon Legislature have now passed the so-called ‘Right-to-Try’ bill.  It would allow terminally ill people to be prescribed medicines that have passed the FDA’s Phase One approval process, but have not yet been approved for sale.

Economy | News | Arts | Health | Politics | Recreation

Police Don't Plan To Ticket Pot Users At Blues Festival

OPB | July 3, 2015 10:50 a.m. | Portland

Portland’s Waterfront Blues Festival this weekend is the first large public gathering since recreational marijuana became legal in Oregon.

News | local | Politics | Economy

Unemployed Oregonians Get Benefits Raise

OPB | July 2, 2015 10:24 a.m. | Portland

Oregonians who receive unemployment benefits just got a raise. At 3.9 percent, it’s the biggest raise they’ve seen since the great recession.