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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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6 People Arrested During J20 Protests In Downtown Portland

OPB | Jan. 20, 2017 2:15 p.m. | Portland

Police deployed pepper spray against some protesters Friday night in downtown Portland as the group attempted to move across police lines and cross the Burnside Bridge.

Health | News | local

Community Health Workers To Help Mentally Ill In Oregon, Washington Find Housing

OPB | Jan. 16, 2017 2:41 p.m. | Portland

Kaiser Permanente is providing money to create positions for 15 new community health workers at seven different nonprofits.

local | News | Environment

Heavy Rain, Freezing Rain Follow Week Of Snow, Cold For Oregon

OPB | Jan. 16, 2017 2:16 p.m. | Portland

The National Weather Service in Portland issued an ice storm warning for the greater Portland metro area, the Columbia River Gorge, the Hood River and Wind River valleys as well as most valleys within the Gifford Pinchot National Forest early Tuesday.

Health | Science | News | Education | local

OHSU Research Suggests New Way Of Treating Chronic Pain With Cannabis

OPB | Jan. 16, 2017 10:26 a.m. | Portland

Almost 30 percent of Americans will experience chronic pain in their lifetime, and opioids used to reduce that pain have proved highly addictive for many. A study out of OHSU suggests a new way of treating chronic pain with marijuana.

Election | Health | News | Politics | local

Hundreds Rally In Portland In Support Of Affordable Care Act

OPB | Jan. 16, 2017 8:20 a.m. | Portland

U.S. Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, and U.S. Reps. Earl Blumenauer, Kurt Schrader and Suzanne Bonamici took part in the event at a gymnasium in support of the Affordable Care Act.

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Federal Government Gives Oregon New Health Care Waiver

OPB | Jan. 13, 2017 10 a.m. | Portland

Oregon has been granted a new waiver from the federal government to continue transforming its health care system.

Health | Business | News | local

OHSU Stops New Hires Ahead Of Potential Obamacare Cuts

OPB | Jan. 12, 2017 12:45 p.m. | Portland

The president of Oregon Health And Science University isn’t waiting to see what Republicans do with the Affordable Care Act. In anticipation of deep cuts, he’s stopping the hiring of most new staff.

Health | News | local

Portland Area Patients Face Big Delays At Emergency Departments

OPB | Jan. 11, 2017 12:47 p.m. | Portland

Patients across Portland’s tri-county area are facing long waits at hospital emergency departments.

Health | News | local

New Oregon Coalition Forms To Try To Control Prescription Drug Costs

OPB | Jan. 10, 2017 7:45 p.m. | Portland

Oregon’s nurses, teachers and health companies are trying to pass a law to control prescription drug prices.

Politics | Parents | Business | NW Life | local | Economy | Science | Health | Family

Flu Season Kicks Into Gear In Oregon

OPB | Jan. 6, 2017 4 p.m. | Portland

Flu season appears to be taking hold in Oregon.

Animals | Business | News | local | Health

'Uber For Veterinarians' Coming To Portland

OPB | Jan. 6, 2017 1:38 p.m. | Portland

Portland’s about to become home to a new kind of business: VetPronto. The company's founder describes it as an "Uber for veterinarians."

Nation | News | Politics | NW Life | local | Health

Kitzhaber Calls For Bipartisan Revamp Of Affordable Care Act

OPB | Jan. 6, 2017 10:37 a.m. | Portland

Speaking at a forum Friday, former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber said the Trump administration represents a chance to re-frame the debate on health care.

local | Economy | News

Union Behind Oregon Measure 97 Wants More Money For Caregivers

OPB | Jan. 5, 2017 2:47 p.m. | Portland

SEIU Local 503 released a new report on the lives of Oregon's caregivers.

Health | News | Politics | NW Life | local

Oregon Supreme Court Ruling Prompts Families To Try To Recoup Medicaid Payments

OPB | Jan. 3, 2017 1:46 p.m. | Portland

A Portland law firm is looking for families willing to sue the state to recoup money paid toward Medicaid.

Health | local | News | Arts

Oregon Releases Video To Encourage Cleaner Tattoo Parlors

OPB | Dec. 27, 2016 1:45 p.m. | Portland

People don’t think of a tattoo as a medical procedure, but it does create an open wound and that can lead to infections. So, Oregon has released a new video to encourage tattoo parlor owners to keep their facilities clean.

News | Animals | Environment | NW Life | Pacific Ocean | local | Economy | Politics | Family

Oregon Marine Mammal Institute Wants To Put A Whale On Your License Plate

OPB | Dec. 27, 2016 midnight | Portland

Oregon’s Marine Mammal Institute is trying to introduce a new vehicle license plate — featuring whales.

News | Food | local | Agriculture | Science | Health

Oregon Farmers Will Change Approach To Deal With Antibiotic-Resistant 'Superbugs'

OPB | Dec. 26, 2016 5 a.m. | Portland

To try to maintain the efficacy of antibiotics, federal regulators are imposing new rules on their large scale use in farming. But at least one Oregon group says the rules don’t go far enough.

Nation | News | Education | Teachers | Animals | NW Life | Pacific Ocean | local | Science | Health | Family

OSU Develops New Hi-Tech Whale Tracking Device

OPB | Dec. 26, 2016 midnight | Portland

Researchers at Oregon State University have developed a new kind of tracking device to gather information on whale behavior.

Election | News | NW Life | local | Politics | Family

PDX Mayor Plans To Sail To 20 Countries After Leaving Office

OPB | Dec. 23, 2016 2:36 p.m. | Portland

Portland Mayor, Charlie Hales, has one week left before stepping down from his job and heading off on a one-and-a-half year cruise.

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

Lithia Motors Wins Bid For Terminal 1 But It Doesn't Include The Portlandia Statue

OPB | Dec. 23, 2016 12:59 p.m. | Portland

The Medford-based car dealership, Lithia Motors, has won the bid for Terminal 1. But the $12.5 million deal doesn’t include the Portlandia statue.