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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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Put A Whale On It — Oregon Gets A New License Plate

Oregon is about to issue a new license plate featuring a gray whale.

News | local | Health

Iraqi Boy Returns To Oregon After Losing Contact With Helpers

An Iraqi boy, who traveled to Oregon for life-saving surgery 10 years ago, has returned.

News | local | Health | Nation

Oregon Counties Hold First Joint Summit On Opioid Addiction

For the first time, the three counties that make up the greater Portland metro area held a joint summit to tackle opioid addiction.

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Effort To Reduce Solitary Confinement For Mentally Ill Offenders Has Stalled

Mental health advocates say work to reduce the number of hours mentally ill inmates spend in solitary confinement has stalled.

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Patients Embrace Medical Cannabis As Opioid Alternative — Without Guidance

Cannabis is legal in the Pacific Northwest, but doctors don’t regard medical marijuana as a mainstream treatment. Anyone who wants to use it to kick an opioid habit is on their own.

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How Oregon Bucked National Trends And Reduced Opioid Deaths

The death rate from opioids continues to increase across the U.S. But in Oregon, it’s actually decreased over the past few years — by as much as 25 percent. So, what's Oregon doing differently?

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New Nonprofit Wants To Help People Get More From Their Medical Appointments

A crowdfunding effort that aims to teach Oregonians how to get more from their medical appointments, kicks off this week.

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Federal Health Care Premiums Drop For Oregonians With Subsidies

Oregonians who bought insurance at HealthCare.gov this year and qualified for a subsidy have an average net premium of $138 per month. That's a reduction from last year.

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Portland Releases New 'Vision Zero' Ad Following Deadly Year

Portland released a new ad Monday to get drivers to slow down.

News | Business

Growing Trade War Likely To Hit Oregon Exports

The growing trade war between the U.S. and China is expected to take a toll on Oregon exports.

News | Environment | local | Business | Sustainability

Portlanders Likely To See A 10 Percent Increase In Garbage Bill

An emergency increase in Portland’s garbage bills is expected to be approved this month because of stricter Chinese recycling requirements.

News | local | Health | Business

Oregon's Crackdown On Cannabis Sales To Minors Appears To Be Working

Cannabis retailers seem to have adjusted since the Oregon Liquor Control Commission increased penalties for selling to minors.

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Oregon Dentists Cut Back On Opioid Prescriptions For Young People

The American Dental Association issued new guidelines for prescribing opioids Monday. Dentists in Oregon say they’ll be adopting them as soon as possible. 

News | Health

Oregon Cancer Institute Warns Of False Reassurance Over 23AndMe Genetic Test

The Legacy Cancer Institute in Portland is warning people who’ve undergone genetic tests with 23andMe, not to get a false sense of security about the absence of certain cancer genes.

News | Health

Report: Oregon Needs More Transparency In Health Care Costs

Oregonians need better information about health care costs, according to a new report from the consumer watchdog group OSPIRG.

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Oregon Wants To Know What The Public Thinks About CCOs

The Oregon Health Authority is asking the public to say what it likes, dislikes and wants to change about the state’s 15 coordinated care organizations.

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Hermiston Approved For 16-Bed Psychiatric Hospital

The state has approved a 16-bed psychiatric hospital in Hermiston, Oregon. It’s just as well because the health system building it has almost finished construction.cc

News | local | Health | Politics

Oregon Governor Signs Bill To Rein In Prescription Drug Prices

Under Oregon’s new law, drug manufacturers who increase the price of a prescription drug by 10 percent or more must inform the state of cost drivers.

News | local | NW Life

Portland Billboards Promote International Day Of Happiness

Portland residents may see uplifting bill boards around town over the coming weeks, urging them to spread happiness, or make the world a happier place.

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La Agencia De Inmigración Y Aduanas Planea Una Auditoría A Mayorista De Flores En Canby

La Agencia de Inmigración y Aduanas le dijo a un mayorista de flores en Canby que pronto estará sujeto a una auditoría de verificación de empleados.