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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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Legacy Unveils Oregon's Largest Hyberbaric Oxygen Chamber

OPB | May 24, 2016 2:51 p.m. | Portland

Legacy Emanuel opened the state’s largest hyperbaric oxygen chamber Tuesday. It’s used to treat wounds that are difficult to heal.

Economy | News | Environment | local | Politics | Health | Portland's Toxic Air Problem

Clean Air Advocates Converge On Oregon Senate Hearing

OPB | May 23, 2016 1:53 p.m. | Portland

Hundreds of people, worried about clean air, converged on Oregon’s legislature Monday, to speak at a senate hearing.

News | local | Politics | Election

Gary Haugen Has A New Execution Date, But Oregon's Death Penalty Moratorium Remains

OPB | May 23, 2016 10:45 a.m. | Portland

A judge's decision to give Gary Haugen a date to die increases pressure on Gov. Kate Brown to figure out what Oregon will do about capital punishment.

News | local | Health

OHSU 'War On Skin Cancer' Event Goes For Redhead World Record

OPB | May 20, 2016 2:16 p.m. | Portland

Despite having a reputation for gray skies, Oregon has one of the highest rates of melanoma in the nation. OHSU is holding a ‘War On Skin Cancer’ event Saturday to help figure out why.

News | local | Politics | Election | Election 2016

Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick Will Race Against Chloe Eudaly

OPB | May 19, 2016 5:03 p.m. | Portland

Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick will run against bookshop owner Chloe Eudaly in November's election.

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

Multnomah County Court Sends Out Large Number Of Jury Summonses

OPB | May 19, 2016 11:37 a.m. | Portland

Several Multnomah County residents may have been surprised this month to find out they received the same jury summons as their neighbors.

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

Oregon Hospitals To Provide Costs For Procedures

OPB | May 19, 2016 10:19 a.m. | Portland

Oregon hospitals have joined together to say they’ll provide patients with an estimate for services within three business days.

News | Family | Politics | Election | Election 2016

Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick Is Headed For A Runoff

OPB | May 17, 2016 10:20 p.m. | Portland

Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick is headed to a runoff in November for a city council seat.

News | local | Economy | Business

Oregon's Unemployment Rate Holds Steady

OPB | May 17, 2016 10 a.m. | Portland

Oregon’s unemployment rate held steady at 4.5 percent  in April.

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

Nearly 100 Tiny Quakes Shake Area Around Mount Hood

OPB | May 16, 2016 11:02 a.m. | Portland

Mount Hood is trembling. They’re not big tremors. But there are a lot of them.

News | local | Politics | Election | Election 2016

Oregon Secretary Of State Hopes For High Voter Turnout

OPB | May 13, 2016 3:31 p.m. | Portland

More than a half million Oregon voters had turned in their ballots by Friday, ahead of next week's primary election.

News | local | Health

Oregon Health Insurance Cheaper Than National Average, For Now

OPB | May 13, 2016 2:52 p.m. | Portland

Health insurance premiums in Oregon are lower than the national average, according to new numbers from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation — but that may not last.

News | local | Economy

Middle Class Is Shrinking Nationally, But Portland Remains Average

OPB | May 13, 2016 12:08 p.m. | Portland

The middle class is shrinking nationally according to a new study from the Pew Research Center. But Portland's middle class is still close to average size.

News | local | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

Arizona Politicians Call On Oregon Governor To Investigate LaVoy Finicum Death

OPB | May 12, 2016 1:54 p.m. | Portland

More than a dozen Arizona Republicans have written to Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, asking her to further investigate the death of Malheur refuge occupier LaVoy Finicum.

Transportation | Economy | News | Election | local | Politics | Business | Election 2016

Portland Passes New Tax On Local Heavy Truck Companies

OPB | May 11, 2016 11:45 a.m. | Portland

Portland City Council has unanimously passed a new tax on heavy truck companies. It’s seen as an integral part of the gas tax ballot measure that voters will decide next week.

Economy | News | Election | local | Politics | Business | Election 2016

Poll: Portland's Gas Tax Ballot Measure Looks Likely To Pass

OPB | May 11, 2016 5 a.m. | Portland

Portland’s gas tax ballot measure looks likely to pass, according to a new OPB poll. The four-year, temporary tax would add 10 cents to every gallon of gas sold in Portland.

News | Health | Science

OHSU Scientists Seek Older Women For Heart Disease Study

OPB | May 9, 2016 midnight | Portland

Scientists at the Knight Cancer Institute are looking for 10,000-15,000 older women from Oregon and Southwest Washington for a study on heart disease and blood cancer.

News | local | Health | Nation | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

Bundys Complain Of Poor Jail Conditions, Unpalatable Food

OPB | May 6, 2016 1:18 p.m. | Portland

Claims that former Malheur refuge occupiers Ammon and Ryan Bundy are losing weight while in jail, don’t match with official paperwork.

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

High Blood Sugar And Weight Gain In Pregnancy Can Imprint Obesity On Children

OPB | May 6, 2016 9:24 a.m. | Portland

Mothers who gain too much weight or who have high blood sugar during pregnancy are more likely to have obese children, according to a new study by Kaiser Permanente.

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

Some Oregonians Shrug At New FDA E-Cigarette Rules

OPB | May 5, 2016 6:30 p.m. | Portland

A Food and Drug Administration announcement assuming regulatory authority over e-cigarettes has been met with a shrug in Oregon. Some local authorities have already taken action.