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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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How Coronavirus Threatens The Recovery Of Some Who Struggle With Mental Health

Most of us are anxious about the novel coronavirus. But for those with struggle with their mental health, that anxiety can spiral out of control and delay their recovery.

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Worried About COVID-19? Psychologists Have Some Tips

A psychologist offers tips for staying calm during this pandemic. 

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Oregon Seniors Concerned About COVID-19 But Taking It In Stride

Oregon seniors are worried about COVID-19 but say they've seen several viruses come and go over the years. 

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Coos Bay Remembers Alonzo Tucker And Oregon's Only Documented Lynching

Several hundred people gathered in Coos Bay last weekend to remember Alonzo Tucker, the victim of the only documented lynching in Oregon.

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How Did Eugene Become A Hotbed Of Behavioral Science Research?

Eugene is known for many things: running, Ken Kesey, a politically engaged citizenry. But many Oregonians don't know it's also a national hotbed of research into behavioral science.

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Oregon Health Authority Monitoring 76 For Novel Coronavirus

The Oregon Health Authority is monitoring 76 Oregonians for symptoms of the disease.

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Personal Data Of 650,000 Oregonians Exposed After Medical Vendor's Computer Stolen

A stolen computer has exposed the personal information — including names, social security numbers and addresses — of more than 650,000 Oregonians.

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Some Cancers Can Live For A Decade Before Threatening Life, Knight Research Shows

Research out of the Knight Cancer Institute suggests cancers can sit in the body for as long as a decade before becoming life-threatening. That gives doctors time to find and eradicate them.

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Oregon Health Organizations Prepare For Coronavirus

Oregon hospitals and clinics are preparing for a possible outbreak of the coronavirus.

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Oregon’s Organization For Procuring Transplant Organs Fails Under Proposed Rules

America’s organ transplant system is broken, according to the U.S. Department of Health. The Trump administration recently proposed new rules to increase accountability and collect more organs.

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Bayocean: The Lost Resort Town That Oregon Forgot

Bayocean, "the town that fell into the sea," stands as a warning to the hubris of our ever-spreading society.

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Oregon Doctor Proposes New Definition For Old Condition

An Oregon doctor is trying to redefine a behavioral problem that’s been around for centuries but gets little attention. 


Oregon Enrollment In Drops

More than 145,000 Oregonians signed up for health insurance through during open enrollment last month - equivalent to the populations of Gresham and Redmond combined.

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Oregon Says Federal Vape Flavor Ban Falls Short

The Oregon Health Authority said the federal government’s planned flavored vape ban falls short in protecting the public.

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Laboratory Cats And Dogs In Oregon Have To Be Put Up For Adoption

Starting in January, research facilities in Oregon will be required to place the dogs and cats they no longer need into shelters for adoption.

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OLCC Bans CBD-infused Alcohols

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission just banned the sale of alcoholic drinks containing CBD, an ingredient in cannabis that many use for medicinal reasons. 

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Enrollment At Gets 2-Day Extension

Technical glitches at the federal website to buy individual health insurance means the deadline to enroll has been extended.

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Health Officials Find Alarming Levels Of Lead In Some Traditional South Asian Products

Oregon health officials are warning people about alarmingly high levels of lead that have been found in small-batch turmeric samples and certain traditional cosmetics.

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Oregon Eye Patient To Testify Need For New Drug To FDA

Retired Portland librarian Judy Bachman intends to testify that a new drug cured her bulging eyes due to thyroid eye disease in a clinical trial. 

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PhRMA Files Suit Against Oregon's New Prescription Drug Pricing Laws

The drug company trade group PhRMA has filed a legal challenge to a pair of Oregon laws designed to curb prescription prices.