Now Playing:


Reporter and Producer

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.

Contact Kristian Foden-Vencil

Recent Articles

News | local | Health

New Mental Health Unit Opens At Oregon State Penitentiary

The Oregon Department of Corrections cut the ribbon on a new behavioral health unit at the state penitentiary in Salem on Friday.

News | Transportation | local

Portland's Iconic Steel Bridge Could Be Headed For Big Changes — Eventually

TriMet is wary of spending millions to repair aging tracks on a bridge that may be reaching the end of its lifespan.

News | local | Health

Clackamas County Tracks Down More Partners Amid Surging STD Rates

Clackamas County is flexing its significant powers to track-down partners when someone reports a sexually transmitted disease to the health department.

News | Politics | local

Portland ICE Protestors Make A Stand At City Hall

Several of the people who camped for weeks this summer outside Portland’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement building resumed protesting outside City Hall Sunday evening.

Health | Education | Science | local | Animals | News

Discovery Of Batten Disease In Monkeys Could Lead To Therapies For Humans

Researchers hope that the discovery of Batten disease among macaques could help drive the development of new therapies.

News | Health

Oregon Takes Steps To Reduce Cannabis Black Market

The state took several new steps this week to reduce the size of Oregon’s cannabis black market — including efforts to keep it away from kids.

News | local | Health

Oregon Looks To Ease Process For Recovered Addicts To Help Others

Research shows peer counselors are uniquely qualified to help people going through similar struggles, such as drug addiction.

local | News | Environment | Water | Health

Oregon Health Authority Issues Health Advisory For Fecal Bacteria At 2 Beaches

The state has issued recreational health advisories for Nye Beach and Sunset Bay State Park Beach on the Oregon coast.

News | local | Health

Cannabis Harvest Restrictions Aim To Starve Oregon's Black Market

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission is about to announce new cannabis harvest regulations aimed at cutting supply to the black market.

News | local | Health

Portland Measles Case May Have Spread Across The Columbia To Vancouver

A case of measles reported in Multnomah County last week appears to have spread across the Columbia River.

News | Health

Oregon Researchers May Have Found A New Way To Fight Gonorrhea

Oregon scientists may have found a new way to fight gonorrhea.

News | local | Health

Oregon Health Authority To Improve New Coordinated Care Contracts

The director of the Oregon Health Authority, Patrick Allen, just finished a 2,000 mile trip around the state to talk about how to improve Coordinated Care Organizations.


Distracted Driving Could Now Land You In Jail

Fines for using your cell phone while driving are increasing.

News | Health

New OHSU Microscope Will Change The Way Scientists See The World

The National Institutes of Health is paying $128 million to build three new cryo-electron microscope centers around the country.

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.

News | Politics | local

Federal Officials Issue Vacate Notice To Protesters Outside ICE Building

Officers from the Federal Protective Service have started notifying protesters outside the ICE offices in Portland that they must leave, hours after reentering the building early Monday morning.

News | Nation | local

Portland 'Occupy ICE' Protest Continues To Grow; Rally Condemns Trump's Policies

What started as a two-tent campout on the trolley tracks outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement building in Portland has turned into a small village.


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.

Education | News | 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.