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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

Health | local | News

Clinic Focused On African-American Oregonians' Health Opens New Building

OPB | Oct. 21, 2016 3:27 p.m. | Portland

The only clinic to focus on African-American health in Oregon, opened a new building Friday.

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

Nurse Practioners Are Increasingly Helping Patients Fill Out End-Of-Life Forms

OPB | Oct. 21, 2016 9:03 a.m. | Portland

A study of end-of-life medical directives shows nurse practitioners, rather than doctors, are helping people make plans for dying.

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

Study: 'Patient-Centered Primary Care Homes' Save Oregon Millions

OPB | Oct. 20, 2016 10:42 a.m. | Portland

A Portland State University study has found that Oregon’s new system of primary care homes is saving the state millions of dollars.

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

Price Of Drug Used To Treat Lead Poisoning Increased 27-Fold

OPB | Oct. 18, 2016 11:38 a.m. | Portland

As Oregon schools deal with lead in drinking water, the price of a drug long used to treat lead poisoning is now 27 times higher.

NW Life | local | Climate change | News

Strong Wind Gusts Cause Power Outages, Fallen Trees Across Northwest

OPB | Oct. 15, 2016 3:40 p.m. | Portland

Crews are cleaning up after a tornado ripped through Manzanita, Oregon, Friday. More bad weather is forecast for parts of the West Coast Saturday.

local | Business | Technology | News

Oregon Senator Wants To Block Efforts To Weaken Encryption

OPB | Oct. 14, 2016 3:43 p.m. | Portland

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, says three important computer issues are likely to be discussed in Congress this fall.

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

Tornado Touches Down In Manzanita

OPB | Oct. 14, 2016 9:15 a.m. | Portland

Friday's weather is expected to be wet and blustery across the Northwest, but wind and rain will pick up Saturday.

NW Life | local | Economy | Election | News | Politics | Election 2016

Measure 97: Families Weigh Uncertain Costs, Benefits

OPB | Oct. 14, 2016 6 a.m.

Measure 97 is a tax engineered to make large corporations pay the bills for several state programs — but it may not be just businesses paying the bills. Oregon consumers will wind up paying, too.

Health | Science | News | Nation | Environment | World

MercyCorps Helping Haiti Recover From Hurricane Matthew

OPB | Oct. 7, 2016 2:02 p.m. | Portland

Hurricane Matthew has carved a trail of devastation across southern Haiti, killing more than 800 people. Oregon-based MercyCorps is there.

local | Business | Economy | Fish & Wildlife | News | Politics | Environment | Water

Forest Lawsuit Against The State Turns Into A Class Action

OPB | Oct. 7, 2016 10:23 a.m. | Portland

A lawsuit claiming Oregon has failed to maximize revenues from state-owned forests, is gaining momentum.

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

Oregon Health Authority Offers Free Soil Tests

OPB | Oct. 5, 2016 4:45 p.m. | Portland

The Oregon Health Authority is offering free soil screenings at a public meeting in Portland next week. The event comes after concerns about toxic metals in the air.

Economy | local | Business | News

Multnomah County Breaks Ground On New $300M Courthouse

OPB | Oct. 4, 2016 12:55 p.m. | Portland

Ground was broken Tuesday on a new $300 million courthouse for Multnomah County.
It won’t be finished until 2020.

Health | Business | local | News

Oregon Lets Marijuana Businesses Sell Old Product In Child-Proof Containers

OPB | Sept. 30, 2016 3:45 p.m. | Portland

Oregon regulators gave marijuana retailers a little breathing room Friday as new testing, labeling and packaging rules start.

local | Economy | Election | News | Politics | Nation | Election 2016

Wyden Pushes Bill To Force Presidential Candidates To Release Tax Returns

OPB | Sept. 30, 2016 2:19 p.m. | Portland

Sen. Ron Wyden visited a senior center in Portland Friday to highlight a bill that would force all presidential candidates to release their tax returns.

local | Business | Economy | Health | News | Politics

Marijuana Sellers To Oregon: Push Back New Packaging, Labeling And Testing Deadline

OPB | Sept. 29, 2016 12:04 p.m. | Portland

The next few days might be a good time to marijuan pot as retailers try to sell old inventory because of new state requirements.

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

Engineers Unveil 1st US Tsunami Building Standards In Portland

OPB | Sept. 28, 2016 3:09 p.m. | Portland

The American Society of Civil Engineers in Portland on Wednesday unveiled new standards for building in tsunami zones across the five western states.

Family | NW Life | local | Science | Business | Parents | Economy | Health | Election | Technology | News | Politics | Nation | Communities | Pacific Ocean | Environment | Water | Unprepared: Will We Be Ready For The Megaquake In Oregon?

Scientists Frustrated OSU Will Build $50M Research Center In Tsunami Zone

OPB | Sept. 28, 2016 1:32 p.m. | Portland

OSU is ignoring the advice of some of its ocean scientists by building a $50 million research center in Newport's tsunami zone.

Economy | local | Business | Transportation | News

Portland Squeezes $83,000 Out Of 21 Booted Vehicles

OPB | Sept. 27, 2016 11:39 a.m. | Portland

In August, the city approved a new policy allowing the use of boots to force owners with outstanding citations to pay up.

Nation | local | News

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales: 'Black Lives Matter'

OPB | Sept. 23, 2016 3:48 p.m. | Portland

Protesters with the group Don’t Shoot PDX and the Black Lives Matter movement demonstrated in Portland Friday. Mayor Charlie Hales says he will meet with them again Tuesday.

Economy | Health | local | News

6 Oregon Health Groups Donate $21.5 Million For Affordable Housing

OPB | Sept. 23, 2016 3:23 p.m. | Portland

Six health care organizations from Oregon are coming together to build three housing complexes.