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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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Health Share Of Oregon Told To Improve Its Transportation Service

The Oregon Health Authority told one of the state’s largest care providers for low-income people, to improve its transportation services.

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Oregon Flavored Vape Ban Aimed At Young Users, But (Surprise) Discouraging Teens Not Easy

A big reason Oregon approved a ban on flavored vaping products is to stop one particular group of people from getting hooked on nicotine: teenagers. 

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Court Temporarily Blocks Oregon's Flavored Vape Ban

Less than a week after Oregon approved a six-month ban on flavored vaping products, the Oregon Court of Appeals has temporarily blocked it. 

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Oregon Vapers Likely To Circumvent Ban Via Internet

Oregon’s new six month ban on flavored vape goes into effect first thing Tuesday. Customers say they’ll either go online to get around the ban or make their own vaping liquid.

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Oregon Approves 6-Month Ban On Flavored Vaping Products

Oregon state agencies that regulate cannabis and tobacco industries set the rules for a six-month ban on flavored vape products Friday.

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Vaping Lung Damage Resembles Chemical Burns

Researchers looking into what’s injuring people who vape have been focused on oil coating the lungs. Now another problem is surfacing: lungs that look like they’ve been chemically burned.

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Oregon Health Authority Holds Daily Meetings To Prepare For Flavored Vape Ban

The Oregon Health Authority is holding daily meetings to figure out new rules for the governor’s six-month ban on flavored vaping products.

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Oregon's Flavored Vape Ban Could Start By The End Of The Week

Oregon's ban on flavored vaping products could go into effect as soon as Friday.

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Oregon Governor Announces Temporary Ban On Flavored Vaping Products

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has announced a temporary ban on all flavored vaping products

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Oregon Business Owners Nervous Over Mystery Vaping Illness, Possible Product Ban

At least one vape shop owner said he might file suit if Oregon imposes a vaping moratorium. 

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350,000 Oregon Health Plan Members Now Have A Choice Of Coverage Plans, But 100,000 Have To Move

As the state rolls out the next phase of its coordinated care system, 350,000 Oregon Health Plan members will have a choice of coverage plans for the first time.

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Oregon DOJ Investigating JUUL While OHA Suggests Temporary Vaping Ban

The Oregon Health Authority has given Gov. Kate Brown a list of six ways the state could prevent deaths and injuries from vaping.

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Effort To Check Purity Of Portland Street Drugs Aims To Reduce Overdose Deaths

Program to check illegal drugs for fentanyl has the backing of Oregon Health Authority and cops.

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Kaiser Permanente Reaches Agreement With Unions To Avoid Strike

The agreement was reached after five months of bargaining and threats of strikes. 

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Oregon Hit With 5th Case Of Mystery Vaping Illness

The Oregon Health Authority says a fifth person has now been struck by a vaping-related illnesses.

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Kaiser Permanente Starts 2 Days Of Bargaining To Avoid Strike

Union reps and executives with Kaiser Permanente restart negotiations Monday, in hope of avoiding a massive nationwide strike Oct. 14.

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Oregonians Push To Keep Hopewell House Hospice Open

A group of Oregonians has banded together to keep Hopewell House hospice open — following Legacy Health’s decision to close it.

Animals | News | local | Health

Small Rash Of West Nile Virus In Eastern Oregon

There’s been a small rash of West Nile virus infections in Eastern Oregon this year.

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Portland Research Shows Vaping Illness May Not Be New

Lung problems from vaping go back at least eight years, according to research from Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital. 

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Mystery Illness Worries Customers, Say Vape Shop And Dispensary Owners

A mystery vaping illness has killed six people – including one in Oregon – and hospitalized more than 380 others across the country. Vape and cannabis shop owners say customers are anxious.