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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

News | Health

Fewer People Are Dying In Hospitals

Fewer people are dying in hospitals, probably because of penalties stopping hospitals from cycling patients in-and-out.


Traffic Increase Expected With Portland Aerial Tram Closure

South Portland commuters will face with more traffic over the next five weeks as OHSU’s aerial tram closes for maintenance.

News | Education | local

Oregon School Forms To Include 3rd Gender Option

Starting this new school year, students and staff will have the option of marking "X" for gender on school forms, instead of just "M" for male or "F" for female.

News | Business | local

SCOTUS' Sales Tax Ruling Could Have Consequences For Oregon Businesses

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that internet retailers can be required to collect sales taxes from states where they lack a physical presence.

local | Health | News

Oregon's Booming CBD Market Readies For A Crackdown

The market for the non-psychoactive ingredient of cannabis — CBD — is growing rapidly. But there’s concern its medical effects are being oversold.

News | Sports | local

Special Olympics Oregon Cancels 2018 Games

Special Olympics Oregon suspended its 2018 State Games, citing financial problems.

News | Health

The WHO Follows Lewis And Clark In Recognizing 'Gaming Disorder' As A Problem

Lewis and Clark College in Portland has been running a Gaming and Tech in Excess program for a couple of years already.

Food | local | Health | News

Oregon Shows Limited Progress In Reducing Food Insecurity

Oregon has shown limited progress in reducing food insecurity over the last three years, according to a new report.

local | News | Health | Nation

Knight Cancer Institute Recruits Skin Care Experts In Fight Against Melanoma

Oregonians enjoying the spring weather may not have realized, but they’re in the middle of a "war on melanoma." Skin care professionals are now being recruited in the fight.

local | Health | News

Advanced Genetic Test Removes Mutation From Oregon Family's Bloodline

Genetic tests are getting cheaper and more common. One family has used a procedure to rid its bloodline of the BRCA gene mutation and the associated cancer risk.

local | Health | News

Moves At Top Of Oregon Behavioral Health Department Frustrates Some

Oregon’s behavioral health director, Royce Bowlin, is retiring at the end of June. Some people say constant turnover at the position is short-changing the mentally ill.

local | Health | News

Conditions Improve For Multnomah Inmates With Mental Illness

Conditions for prisoners suffering from mental illness at the Multnomah County Detention Center have improved over the last year, according to a new report by Disability Rights Oregon.

Health | local | Environment | News

OSU Scientists Say They've Created A New Sunscreen Out Of Plant Waste

Whilst looking at the waste product of the meadowfoam plant, scientists at Oregon State University think they’ve found a potential new sunscreen.

News | Health

OHSU Selects Surgeon From University Of Texas As Next President

After months of searching, OHSU has picked a new president. Dr. Danny Jacobs is dean of the school of medicine at the University of Texas.

Technology | local | Health | Science | News

AI Beats Experts At Diagnosing Childhood Disease

An artificial intelligence system is better than most experts at diagnosing a childhood blindness disease, according to a new study from Oregon Health and Science University.

Transportation | News | Business | local | NW Life

Portland Ride-Hailing Drivers Call For A Transportation Board

Ride-hailing drivers want the City of Portland to set up a transportation board to help them with wage, safety and transparency issues.

Food | News

Some Think Legal Cannabis Might Be Dragging Down Craft Beer Sales

After years of double-digit growth, Oregon’s craft beer sales are slowing. Some think legal cannabis might be playing a role.

local | Health | News

Providence St. Vincent Hospital Worker Had Tuberculosis While Around Patients

Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland is warning patients that one of their employees has tuberculosis.

local | Health | News

1st-Of-Its-Kind Report Establishes Public Health Benchmarks For Oregon

A new report establishes a benchmark in public health work, so future standards in Oregon can be established.

local | Health | Science | News

Exercising With A Spouse May Help Cancer Patients And Their Relationships

Oregon Health and Science University has been awarded a five-year grant to look at the benefits of exercise for cancer patients who workout with a significant other.