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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 Parents Push Bill To Screen Newborns For More Diseases

Parents who've lost children to devastating genetic disease, call for a new system of adding diseases to  Oregon's newborn bloodspot screening test.

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Elders In Action Says It's Closing After 22 Years

The Portland nonprofit Elders In Action announced Tuesday that it’s closing after 22 years.

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NASA Study Helps Cancer Patients In Oregon

A doctor who worked on a study about living in space, is now working to fight cancer at Providence Health in Portland.

News | Health

Molalla Woman Lived 99 Years With Organs On Opposite Sides Of Her Body

Medical students at Oregon Health and Science University think they found the longest-lived person with transposed organs during anatomy class.

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Cautious Optimism That Clark County Measles Outbreak Is Ending

It’s been 19 days since Clark County, Washington, last announced a new case of measles. The public health department is cautiously optimistic the outbreak is ending.

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New Report: Shopping Around Can Save Thousands On Prescriptions

An Oregon watchdog has highlighted the benefits of shopping around for medications in a new report.

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Oregon Warns Medical Cannabis Growers: Report Or Face Fines

Oregon is warning medical cannabis growers that if they don’t report their inventories, they could face stiff fines.

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Promising 1-Shot Cancer Treatment Comes With $373,000 Price Tag

New CART-T therapy study shows 40 percent of lymphoma patients are in remission after 19 months. But the one-shot cure costs $373,000.

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OHSU Knight Cancer Institute Throws Out Old System Of Clinical Trials

The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute is trying a new system of clinical trials. Instead of sticking to accepted cancer treatments, doctors are now using every tool at their disposal to cure each individual patient's cancer.

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2 Oregon Health Systems Announce Competing Heart Transplant Programs

Not one, but two Oregon hospital systems announced Thursday that they’ll be running heart transplant programs.

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Oregon Now Has A 2nd Measles Outbreak To Deal With

Oregon now has a second outbreak of measles to deal with. The case confirmed in Marion County Tuesday is not linked the outbreak in Vancouver, Washington.

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New Amendment Would Allow Non-Smoking Cannabis Cafes

Businesses trying to build cannabis cafes in Oregon are no longer insisting they allow smoking inside.

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US Surgeon General In Vancouver And Portland For Measles Outbreak

The U.S. Surgeon General was in the Pacific Northwest Wednesday to highlight the measles outbreak.

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Norma Paulus, Pioneering Oregon Republican And Vote-By-Mail Advocate, Has Died

Norma Paulus, who served as Oregon’s first female secretary of state and was the Republican nominee for governor in 1986, died early Thursday in a Portland care facility.

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Cannabis Bill Would Allow OLCC To Limit Growers Based On Market

Legislators considered a handful of cannabis bills in Salem Thursday. One would allow the state to limit production based on market demand.

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Oregon Cannabis Cafes Face Battle Over Indoor Smoking

Lawmakers will hold a public hearing Thursday on whether to allow cannabis cafes in Oregon. But permitting indoor smoking is a tall order.

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Snowed-In Oakridge Might Not Have Power For A Week

The small town of Oakridge, Oregon, in the Willamette National Forest, has been cut off by snow for three days now. It could be a week before residents get power again.

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OHSU Actively Recruiting Cardiologists To Restart Heart Transplant Program

Oregon Health and Science University said it’s actively recruiting cardiologists to restart its shuttered heart transplant program.

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Oregon Researchers Seeking Patients With Early Signs Of Alzheimer's

A Portland memory center is testing a new drug to treat Alzheimer’s disease and wants new patients to enroll.

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Rate Of New Measles Cases In Clark County Appears To Be Slowing

The Clark County measles outbreak is showing signs of leveling off at 53 cases. And public health officials haven’t identified any new locations where people may have been exposed.