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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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Oregon Researchers Seeking Patients With Early Signs Of Alzheimer's

A Portland memory center is testing a new drug to treat Alzheimer’s disease and wants new patients to enroll.

local | News | Health

Rate Of New Measles Cases In Clark County Appears To Be Slowing

The Clark County measles outbreak is showing signs of leveling off at 53 cases. And public health officials haven’t identified any new locations where people may have been exposed.

Environment | local | News | Health | Climate change

Oregon Doctor's Personal Climate Battle Spurs Industry Change

An Oregon doctor wants his fellow anesthesiologists to be more aware of the environmental impact of the drugs they use. 

Politics | Health | Family | News | Communities | Science

Washington And Oregon Lawmakers Consider Ending Vaccine Exemptions

Hundreds of people turned up at the Washington State Legislature Friday for a public hearing on measles.

local | News | Health

Measles Outbreak Appears To Be Increasing Vaccination Rates

Health experts say the Clark County measles outbreak appears to be encouraging people to get vaccinated.

local | News | Education | Health

For People Who Can't Get Vaccinated, NW Measles Outbreak Is Worrying

Public officials in Oregon and Washington have repeatedly, consistently reminded their constituents that the measles is preventable — all you need to do is get vaccinated. But not everyone can.

local | News | Health | Politics

Oregon Is Producing Twice As Much Cannabis As People Are Using

Oregon is producing twice as much cannabis as people are using. And there’s more than six years' worth of supply sitting on shelves and at farms.

local | News | Health

Oregon Removes Feeding Tube Option From End-Of-Life Medical Directive Form

Oregon is eliminating the option of having a feeding tube on end-of-life care medical forms.

News | Health

Marijuana Audit Finds Weak Regulations And A Lack Of Inspectors In Oregon

Oregon’s system for regulating marijuana needs to be strengthened, according to a new audit out of the Secretary of State’s Office.

local | News | Health

As Count Rises, Health Officials Say Measles Outbreak Could Last Months

The measles outbreak in Southwest Washington is up to 36 cases. One has been found in Oregon. The biggest concern is low vaccination rates in schools.

local | Transportation | News

Oregon Democrats Welcome Shutdown End, But Not Optimistic About Future

Oregon’s Congressional Democrats welcomed news Friday the federal shutdown is ending.

local | News | Nation | Health

As Count Reaches 23, Health Experts Expect Measles Outbreak To Hit Oregon

The Oregon Health Authority expects the Washington measles outbreak to cross the state line.

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Health Care Professionals Try To Tackle Industry Racism At Portland Conference

Hundreds of health care professionals confronted the issue of racism within their industry at a conference in Portland Thursday.

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A Hearing Aid For Each Ear, Under New Oregon Health Plan Policy

The Oregon Health Authority had long made patients wait five years to get a second hearing aid, even if they needed them for both ears. That's changing. 

local | News | Health

Nurses And St. Charles Health System Reach Tentative Contract Agreement

Nurses and hospital administrators at St. Charles Health System in Central Oregon hammered out a tentative new working agreement over the weekend.

local | News | Nation | Health | Politics

Federal Employees In Oregon Prepare Finances As Shutdown Persists

Federal employees who've been furloughed are doing everything from dipping into savings to taking a cash advance on their credit card.

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Oregon Women Start Group To Encourage Kidney Donations

A group of Oregon women are starting a program to encourage more people to donate a kidney. They’re particularly focused on organs from live donors.

News | Health

Oregon Health Insurance Enrollment Shrinks 5 Percent

Insurance enrollment at healthcare-dot-gov has dropped more than five percent in Oregon.

local | News | Health | Politics

Psychedelic Mushroom Supporters Push For Oregon Legalization — With Caveats

What would legalizing psilocybin look like? Supporters of a legalization measure in Oregon say it'll be nothing like recreational cannabis.

local | Politics | News | Business | Economy

Oregon's New Equal Pay Act Goes Into Full Effect In 2019

It’s been a year-and-a-half since lawmakers passed Oregon’s Equal Pay Act. It goes into full effect on Jan. 1, 2019.