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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

News | Business | Health | Politics | Recreation

With Marijuana Legal, Police And Businesses Try To Keep Roads Safe

OPB | Oct. 6, 2015 3:31 p.m. | Portland

A woman died Tuesday after a car accident in which police say marijuana may have been a factor.

News | Elections | Politics

Labor Commissioner Files For Secretary Of State

OPB | Oct. 6, 2015 10:35 a.m. | Portland

Oregon’s Labor Secretary, Brad Avakian, announced Tuesday that he is running for Secretary of State.

Economy | Business | Health | Politics | News

Multnomah County Warns State About Legalized Marijuana

OPB | Oct. 6, 2015 5 a.m. | Portland

The health department in Multnomah County is urging the state to protect the public from legalized marijuana.

World | Elections | Politics | Nation | Economy | News | Business | Transportation

Oregon Businesses And Unions React To TPP

OPB | Oct. 5, 2015 3:47 p.m. | Portland

The U.S. and 11 other countries agreed on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement Monday after eight years of negotiations.


Senator's Family Affected By Southern Oregon Shooting

OPB | Oct. 2, 2015 5:25 p.m.

Sen. Jeff Merkley had a relative who died in the Umpqua Community College shooting.


Umpqua Shooter Had 13 Guns

OPB | Oct. 2, 2015 12:40 p.m.

More details are emerging about the firearms involved in Thursday’s shooting at Umpqua Community College.

Economy | Business | Elections | Politics | News

Oregon's Delinquent Debts Double Since 2008

OPB | Sept. 29, 2015 12:53 p.m. | Portland

Delinquent debts to the State of Oregon have almost doubled since 2008, according to a new audit.

News | Education | local | Science | Will We Be Ready For The Megaquake In Oregon?

How Oregon Schools Are Preparing For A Megaquake

OPB | Sept. 27, 2015 midnight | Portland

The state has known since 2007 that 649 Oregon schools are at high risk of collapse in a subduction zone earthquake. Eight years and one Great Recession later, has anything changed?

Health | Family | Elections | Politics | Nation | Economy | Environment | News | Science | Will We Be Ready For The Megaquake In Oregon?

New Alert System Shakes Up Traditional Quake Teachings

OPB | Sept. 27, 2015 midnight | Portland

For years, experts have said that if there’s an earthquake we should "Duck, Cover and Hold." But is that always the best approach?

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

Petitioners Start Gathering Signatures For $15 Minimum Wage

OPB | Sept. 26, 2015 2:26 p.m. | Portland

Volunteers across about 20 cities in Oregon started gathering signatures Saturday for a ballot measure to raise the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Family | Politics | NW Life | Economy | Environment | News

Warm Springs Tribes Celebrate Huckleberry Season

OPB | Sept. 26, 2015 1:14 p.m. | Portland

A couple hundred members of the Warm Springs Tribes converged on Mount Hood Saturday to celebrate the huckleberry season.

Economy | Business | Politics | News

Oregon's Smaller Cities Growing Faster Than Other States'

OPB | Sept. 26, 2015 10:10 a.m. | Portland

America’s large metropolitan areas are seeing much stronger growth than smaller cities. The same is true in Oregon, but to a smaller degree.

Health | Recreation | Politics | Water | Environment | Fish & Wildlife | News | Animals

State To Poison 10 Ponds To Get Rid Of Introduced Fish

OPB | Sept. 25, 2015 1:03 p.m. | Portland

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife begins a process Monday that will poison fish in 10 different ponds around the state, so they can be restocked with trout.

News | local

Banned Transgender Customers To Get $400K From Bar

OPB | Sept. 23, 2015 9:39 a.m.

The Oregon Court of Appeals affirmed Wednesday that a Portland bar owner must pay about $400,000 in damages to transgender patrons he asked to stay away.

News | Health | Education | local

Survey: 1-In-5 UO Students Experience Sexual Assault

OPB | Sept. 21, 2015 3:36 p.m. | Portland

About 14 percent of students said they’ve experienced non-consensual sexual contact by force, threat of force, or incapacitation.

Politics | Water | Economy | local | News | Business

Group Seeks Ballot Measure To Stop Nestle Water Bottling

OPB | Sept. 21, 2015 1:27 p.m. | Portland

Hood River residents are taking another step to try to stop Nestle from bottling local water.

Health | Family | Politics | local | Economy | News | Transportation

Cyclists Flock To Portland's Tilikum Crossing

OPB | Sept. 18, 2015 10:45 a.m. | Portland

More than a thousand cyclists criss-crossed Portland's new Tilikum Crossing each day during its first week.

Health | Teachers | Family | Politics | Economy | Education | News | Business | Parents

Bill To Enforce Student Privacy In Colleges

OPB | Sept. 17, 2015 3:35 p.m. | Portland

Members of Oregon’s congressional delegation released a draft a bill Thursday, aimed at protecting the privacy of students when involved in legal disputes with colleges.

Health | Elections | Politics | Economy | News | Business | Vital Signs

How Many Oregonians Really Have Health Insurance?

OPB | Sept. 17, 2015 12:30 p.m. | Portland

A popular claim among supporters of the Affordable Care Act over the last year has been that 95 percent of Oregonians now have health insurance. The trouble is, the latest figures out of the Census Bureau put the figure closer to 90 percent.

Health | Politics | Economy | Environment | Technology | News | Business | Transportation

More Details Emerge On Portland's Bike Rental Program

OPB | Sept. 16, 2015 3:45 p.m. | Portland

The City of Portland unveiled more details Wednesday about its new bike rental proposal.