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.
The coronavirus pandemic has forced the cancelation of the Oregon State Fair and is forcing county fairs to cancel or adapt. While that means there won’t be pig racing and demolition-derbies, families are trying to figure out how to recognize kids for their animal husbandry – the 4-H and ‘Future Farmers of America’ shows.