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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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Trauma Among Foster Kids Leads To Health Issues In Later Life

People who experience trauma and end up in foster care are more likely to suffer from chronic health conditions later in life, according to a new study.

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Oregon Youth Authority Becomes 2nd Agency To Pull Out Of NORCOR

A second jurisdiction has announced it’ll no longer send children to a juvenile detention facility in The Dalles.

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Wasco County Stops Sending Children To NORCOR Jail

Wasco County won’t be sending any more children to a juvenile detention facility in The Dalles — at least for now. The decision comes after a report found “psychologically harmful conditions."

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Report Describes 'Psychologically Harmful Conditions' For Kids At NORCOR Juvenile Detention Center

Kids held at the NORCOR juvenile detention center in The Dalles endure psychologically harmful conditions — according to a new report from Disability Rights Oregon.

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Portland Pharmacist Warns About Mixing Prescriptions And Home Remedies

Many immigrant communities hold fast to home remedies. It's not usually a problem, but now and then bad drug interactions can occur.

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Oregon's Public Health Officer Says Kratom Buyers Beware

Oregon’s public health officer says buyers need to beware of an herbal supplement called kratom.

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Oregon Will Continue CHIP Coverage, Even If It Means A Budget Shortfall

The Oregon Health Authority says it’ll continue coverage for kids and pregnant women on the Children's Health Insurance Program.

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St. Charles Health Makes Cuts Despite Booming Local Economy

St. Charles announces layoffs, pay cuts and buy outs despite the healthy local economy and expansion plans.

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Health Group Tries To Improve African-American Birth Outcomes With Doulas

Oregon’s coordinated care organizations have tried many different ways to improve health among communities of color. The latest effort includes providing doulas for African-American mothers-to-be.

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OHSU, Adventist Health Strike Deal For Overflow Patients

Oregon Health and Science University has agreed to share patients with Adventist Health. It means less crowding at OHSU’s Portland hilltop campus.

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Patients Get 3-D View Of Prostate Cancer Treatment

Doctors at the Tuality/OHSU Cancer Center in Hillsboro have started giving patients a three-dimensional virtual explanation of their prostate radiation treatment.

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Oregon Faces Epidemic Of Drug And Alcohol Abuse

Oregon is facing an epidemic of alcohol and drug abuse, according to a new report released by the Oregon Substance Abuse Disorder Research Committee.

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2018 Bond Measure For SW Portland Light Rail Postponed

The idea of building a new light-rail line between downtown Portland and the Tigard/Tualatin area has been pushed back.

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NW Abortion Groups Merge To Form Largest Coverage Area In Nation

Two Northwest groups that help people pay for abortions are merging to create one of the largest abortion funds in the nation.

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ACA Open Enrollment Starts Amid Tumultuous Year For Health Care

Everything from higher drug costs to President Donald Trump’s executive orders from have increased the cost of insurance this year.

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Study: Undocumented Mothers Have Healthier Babies With Health Insurance

Undocumented immigrant mothers who seek prenatal care have healthier babies, according to a study out of Oregon Health and Science University.

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NW Addiction Agencies Weigh In On Opioid Emergency Declaration

Oregon and Washington addiction counselors are buzzing from news President Donald Trump has declared a public health emergency for opioid abuse. The question is: What does it mean for them?

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Oregon Referendum Title Has To Be Rewritten

The Oregon Supreme Court says the provider tax referendum title is misleading and needs to be changed.

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OHSU President Joe Robertson Retires After MS Diagnosis

The president of Oregon Health & Science University, Joe Robertson, is retiring after nearly 40 years of service.

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Wyden And Hatch Push Bill To Make Foster Care System More Accountable

The top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee have come together to introduce a bill that would publicize more information about private foster care providers.