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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 | News

New Leukemia Research Harnesses The Power Of Big Data

Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University have released one of the largest data sets of its kind, aimed at curing leukemia.

News | Health

Oregon Adopts New Policies For Medicaid

Oregon’s Health Policy Board has adopted new plans for the use of Medicaid in the state.

local | Health | News

Low Unemployment, More Older People Increase Cost Of Long-Term Care

The cost of long-term care is increasing at two or three times the rate of inflation — according to a new study.


Oregon Looks To Boost Tourism With 7 Large Murals In 7 Small Towns

To boost tourism during the fall, Travel Oregon unveiled a new campaign Monday featuring seven large murals in seven small towns.

local | Health | News

6 Children From Washington Hit With Rare Disease Similar To Polio

Six children from Washington have been hospitalized so far this year acute flaccid myelitis, a rare disease similar to polio.

Environment | News

Cannon Beach Has A Rabbit Problem

Cannon Beach residents are split between those who love the rabbits and those who want to be rid of them.

News | Health

Flu Season Dependent On Weather And City Transportation Patterns

The more people a city has — and the more organized their movements are — the longer its flu season is likely to last, according to new research from Oregon State University.

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Central Oregon Program Aims To Help Doctors Combat Burnout

Half of all doctors report at least one symptom of burnout. A new program in Central Oregon aims to help keep them happy and healthy on the job. 

local | Politics | Health | News

Oregon Considering Issuing Prescriptions In Multiple Languages

The Oregon Lgislature is considering issuing prescriptions in languages other than English.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife | local | Water | News

Oregon Now Has A Hypoxia Season, Just Like A Wildfire Season

Scientists say warming ocean temperatures mean Oregon's coastal waters now have a low-oxygen season, just as the state's forests have a fire season.

Environment | News | local | Science

New Tech Makes Scientific Data Cheaper And Easier To Secure

The miniaturization of technology and some clever new machines mean scientists are now getting lots of data — sometimes delivered via phone to the comfort of an office chair.

local | Health | News

Oregon Levies Its Largest Ever Civil Fine On Legacy Health

Legacy Health Systems is being fined $5 million — the largest civil fine ever imposed by the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries.

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OHSU Hires Outside Experts To Learn Why Heart Transplant Program Imploded

OHSU announced Monday that it’s going to bring in outside experts to figure out why it had to close its heart transplant program last month. The review is expected to take several months.

News | local

What Kind Of Bridge Do Portlanders Want At Burnside?

Multnomah County wants to know what kind of bridge residents want to see when the Burnside Bridge is replaced or repaired.

local | Politics | Health | News

Oregon Governor's Latest Health Plan Looks Beyond Insurance

Gov. Kate Brown released a new plan Friday for improving the health of Oregonians.

local | Health | News

OHSU Closed Its Heart Transplant Program. Now What?

Health care experts think it could be six months or a year before the program is back up and running. Some patients are looking for new heart transplant programs, others are waiting for a restart. 

local | Health | News

OHSU Opens New Building Aimed At Ending Cancer

Oregon Health & Science University will celebrate the official opening of the new Knight Cancer Institute in Portland Friday.

NW Life | local

Portland Carpenters Showcase Their Skills On Labor Day

More than 100 carpenters competed in Portland's Dropbox Derby to raise money for charity and showcase their skills.

News | local | Science

OSU Tries To Answer Why Mount St. Helens Isn't Where It Should Be

For years, scientists have wondered why Mount St. Helens is out of line with other volcanoes on the Pacific Northwest’s ring-of-fire. Oregon State University scientists think they now have the answer.

News | NW Life | local

State Tries To Boost Tourism With Free Covered Wagon Rides

Travel Oregon and the ride-hailing business Lyft are joining forces to offer free covered wagon rides around downtown Portland this week.