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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

local | Health | Education | News

OHSU Welcomes New Student Doctors With 'White Coat' Ceremony

OPB | Aug. 11, 2017 2:38 p.m. | Portland

The incoming class of aspiring new OHSU doctors held a ‘white coat’ ceremony in Portland Friday and it’s a diverse group.

local | Business | News | A Guide To The Oregon Solar Eclipse 2017

Oregon Marijuana Shops Anticipate Eclipse Sales Spike

OPB | Aug. 11, 2017 11:49 a.m. | Portland

Marijuana sales are seeing a spike in anticipation of Oregon's total eclipse.

Health | News

Advocates Lobby For Coverage Of New Muscular Dystrophy Drug

OPB | Aug. 10, 2017 3:11 p.m. | Portland

Several families traveled to Oregon Thursday to testify before the state’s new Health Evidence Review Commission.

local | Health | Politics | News

Multnomah County Appeals Federal Cuts To Teen Health Programs

OPB | Aug. 9, 2017 3:47 p.m. | Portland

Multnomah County is appealing a Trump Administration cut to teen health grants.

Health | News

Oregonians React To Survival Of The Affordable Care Act

OPB | July 28, 2017 11:39 a.m. | Portland

Oregonians are reacting to news that the Affordable Care Act will live another day.

local | Nation | Health | News

Multnomah County Likely To Pursue Lawsuit Against Opioid Makers

OPB | July 26, 2017 4:39 p.m. | Portland

Multnomah County is expected to vote Thursday to designate opioids as a "public nuisance."

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Oregon's Transgender Population Reacts To Trump's Military Ban

OPB | July 26, 2017 10:52 a.m. | Portland

Oregon’s transgender population is reacting Wednesday to news that President Donald Trump will ban them from serving in the U.S. military.

News | Economy

Northwest Economic Summit Brings 700 Business, Education Leaders To Oregon

OPB | July 24, 2017 3 p.m. | Portland

More than 700 business and education leaders, along with politicians from the Pacific Northwest and Canada, are in Portland this week for an economic summit.

Health | News

How Much Do Health Procedures Cost In Oregon? Depends Where You Live

OPB | July 21, 2017 2:37 p.m. | Portland

Some hospitals in Oregon charge more than twice as much as others for the same procedure.

local | Health | News

Oregon Health Care Marketplace Stabilizing, Despite 'Death Spiral' Claims

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

While President Donald Trump has repeatedly said Obamacare is in a “death spiral,” Oregon officials say its health insurance marketplace is stable.

Nation | Health | News

Trump Administration Cuts Millions From Northwest Teen Pregnancy Efforts

OPB | July 17, 2017 2:47 p.m. | Portland

Teen pregnancy efforts in the Pacific Northwest are reeling this week after the Trump administration quietly axed millions of dollars from prevention programs.

Health | Politics | News

Oregon Democrat Pushes Affordable Care Act Fix

OPB | July 12, 2017 2:39 p.m. | Portland

As Republicans work to replace the Affordable Care Act, Democrats have taken up a challenge to improve the existing health insurance marketplace.

local | Health | News

How Doctors Find Value In Knowing Your Socioeconomic Data

OPB | July 12, 2017 5 a.m. | Portland

Your future medical record may well include financial details you tell your doctor, along with your housing issues, transportation problems and food insecurity.

local | Health | News

CDC Review Of Oregon Case Finds Risks In Eating Placenta

OPB | July 7, 2017 4:15 p.m. | Portland

Scientists from the CDC recently looked into the case of an Oregon baby who suffered a bacterial infection they associated with the mother’s consumption of her placenta.

local | Health | News

Oregon Hospitals Angry At New $190 Million Bill

OPB | July 7, 2017 2 p.m. | Portland

Oregon lawmakers have passed a cost cutting bill aimed at trying to close the state’s budget gap. But Oregon hospitals say the lion's share of savings come from them.

Nation | Health | News

Oregon Tribal Members Get Help Finding Health Care

OPB | July 7, 2017 8:11 a.m. | Portland

The state’s health authority has delivered on a request from Oregon’s nine federally recognized tribes. Many tribal members say they need help finding health care.

Health | NW Life | News

CDC: Rural Counties Have Highest Opioid Prescription Levels In Oregon

OPB | July 6, 2017 2:50 p.m. | Portland

Counties in eastern and southwestern Oregon have some of the highest opioid prescription levels in the state.

Nation | Health | News

Oregon Rate Review Drags Down Health Insurance Increases

OPB | July 3, 2017 11:45 a.m. | Portland

Oregonians who buy health insurance in the individual market will pay more next year under preliminary rates. But the prices are lower than most insurers originally wanted.

Health | News

OHSU Study: Having Health Insurance Helps Prevent Cardiac Arrest

OPB | June 28, 2017 1 p.m. | Portland

Having health insurance makes it less likely that you’ll suffer sudden cardiac arrest, according to a new study published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Health Association.

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Some Oregon Foster Children Spent 80 Days In 'Temporary' Hotel Stay

OPB | June 27, 2017 2:30 p.m. | Portland

Some children spent 80 days or more living in hotel rooms as part of an Oregon foster care program, according to court papers filed Tuesday.