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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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Oregon Says Its Plan Could End HIV Infections By 2021

OPB | Dec. 1, 2016 5:45 p.m. | Portland

Oregon health experts announced a plan Thursday to end all new HIV infections in the state.

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Lawsuit Filed Against Washington County And Corizon After Jail Death

OPB | Nov. 30, 2016 3:03 p.m. | Portland

The parents of a woman who died in Washington County jail while detoxing from heroin are suing the county and for-profit health care provider Corizon. 

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Hardy Myers, Former Oregon Attorney General, Has Died

OPB | Nov. 30, 2016 9:46 a.m. | Portland

According to his family, Myers died from complications of pneumonia.

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Oregon To Stop Housing Foster Kids In Offices, Hotels, Hospitals, Detention Centers

OPB | Nov. 29, 2016 3:30 p.m. | Portland

Advocates for children have reached an agreement with the state of Oregon over the temporary housing of foster kids in offices, hotels, hospitals and detention centers.

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Despite Execution Moratorium, Oregon Gives Another Inmate The Death Penalty

OPB | Nov. 29, 2016 10:31 a.m. | Portland

David Ray Bartol was sentenced to death after being found guilty of aggravated murder.

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Portland's Pop-Up Shops Boost Downtown Retail

OPB | Nov. 23, 2016 6:30 a.m. | Portland

An effort by the Portland Business Alliance to fill vacant store fronts during the holiday shopping season is paying dividends.

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

In Portland, Can You Turn Your Garden Shed Into An Earthquake Shelter?

OPB | Nov. 20, 2016 5 a.m. | Portland

A Portland man, who turned his garden shed into an earthquake emergency shelter, is worried about running afoul of city codes.

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New Portland Commissioner-elect Chloe Eudaly Calls For Rent Freeze

OPB | Nov. 18, 2016 1:49 p.m. | Portland

Several community groups called Friday for both an emergency rent freeze in Portland and a moratorium on no-cause evictions.

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OHSU Study Prompts Feds To Make New Recommendations On Statins

OPB | Nov. 17, 2016 3:45 p.m. | Portland

A study by Oregon Health & Science University has helped convince the government to make new recommendations on cholesterol-lowering statin drugs.

News | Politics | Health | Nation | local

Study: In Oregon, Death Sentence Quadruples Cost Of Case

OPB | Nov. 16, 2016 2:52 p.m. | Portland

Imposing a death sentence in Oregon can increase the cost of a case by a factor of four, according to a new study from Lewis & Clark Law School.

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Portland Mayor Calls For End To Anti-Trump Protests; Shooting Suspects Charged

OPB | Nov. 11, 2016 7:59 p.m. | Portland

Police say a motorist exited his vehicle and fired multiple shots, injuring a man following a confrontation with protesters on the bridge.

News | Election | local | Election 2016

Portland Anti-Trump Protest Draws Thousands, 26 Detained

OPB | Nov. 10, 2016 6:45 p.m.

Thousands of protesters moved through the streets of downtown Portland on Thursday night to speak out on a wide range of issues, including the election of Donald Trump.

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

Measure 97's Failure Leaves Oregon Facing A Big Budget Deficit

OPB | Nov. 9, 2016 3:15 p.m. | Portland

Measure 97 lost big. So instead of having an extra $6 billion over the next two year budget cycle, Oregon leaders must solve a $1.4 billion deficit.

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

Oregon Voters Reject Tax-Raising Measure 97

OPB | Nov. 8, 2016 8:15 p.m. | Portland

Measure 97 would have imposed a new tax on businesses that do more than $25 million in annual Oregon sales. It would have been the largest tax increase in state history — and has been the costliest measure campaign.   

News | Science | Health

Study: Spending Money On Mental Health Care Saves Jail Expenditures

OPB | Nov. 7, 2016 midnight | Portland

Every dollar a state spends on mental health cuts about 25 cents from jail expenditures, according to a new study from Oregon State University.

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

200 Oregon Cities And Counties Address Pot This Election Season

OPB | Nov. 4, 2016 5:45 p.m. | Hines, Oregon

Next week, 200 Oregon cities and counties will make new decisions on marijuana. Not whether it’s legal. But whether to block local sales — or permit them and add a local tax.

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Economists Say Portland House Prices Expected To Rise

OPB | Nov. 4, 2016 10:55 a.m. | Portland

The cost of Portland housing is likely to continue rising for the foreseeable future according to economists at a Home Builders Association meeting.

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Tiny Town Is Home To One Of Oregon's Busiest Pot Dispensaries

OPB | Nov. 3, 2016 2:19 p.m. | Huntington, Oregon

Cannabis was legalized in Oregon last year, but many towns and counties are blocking sales — the tiny town of Huntington, near the Idaho boarder, is the exception.

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11 Oregon Counties Sue Mortgage Registration System

OPB | Nov. 3, 2016 2:06 p.m. | Portland

Eleven Oregon counties are suing a company that helped banks rapidly buy and sell mortgages before the 2007 financial meltdown.

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Feds Say OHSU Overcharged For Use Of Facilities

OPB | Nov. 1, 2016 2:55 p.m. | Portland

The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit against Oregon Health And Science University, alleging OHSU made false financial claims.