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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 Commission Trying To Change How Doctors Treat Pain

The Oregon Pain Management Commission is trying to change the way people think about pain.

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Additional PNW Governments Vote To Sue Opioid Manufacturers

Government officials in Portland and Clark County, Washington, voted Wednesday to file lawsuits against the nation’s opioid manufacturers.

‘OPB Politics Now:’ Examining The Proposal That Would Make Health Care A Right In Oregon

As the resolution heads to the Senate, OPB Politics Now looks at both the policy and the politics of the “health care for all” measure. 

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OHSU And PNNL Collaborate To Learn About Cell Metabolism

Oregon Health And Science University has announced a new collaboration with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington.

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Oregon State Lawmakers Vote To Make Health Care A Right

The Oregon House voted Tuesday to refer a constitutional amendment to voters that would make health care a basic right.

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1st Recorded Case Of Eye Worm Found In Oregonian

Americans may be more vulnerable than previously believed to a type of parasitic eye worm, according to two new studies published Monday. One of the first cases was found in Oregon.

Health | News

Oregon Legislature May Change The Way Coordinated Care Organizations Operate

The chair of Oregon’s House health care committee, Mitch Greenlick, has outlined plans to change the way coordinated care organizations are run.

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Bill To Tackle Oregon's Opioid Problem Gathers Momentum

Gov. Kate Brown’s bill to tackle Oregon’s opioid epidemic appears to have strong bipartisan support, following a hearing this week.

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Bipartisan Lawmakers Push Drug Pricing Transparency Act In Oregon

On the first day of the February legislative session, Oregon lawmakers held a hearing on a bill to make drug manufacturers and insurance companies explain their reasoning for dramatic price increases.

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The End Of FamilyCare Means Health Care Uncertainty For 115,000 Oregonians

Oregon’s second largest coordinated care organization, FamilyCare, is closing its doors, leaving 115,000 patients without coverage, causing patients a lot of uncertainty.

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Oregon Incarcerates Youth At Higher Rate Than Most States

Oregon incarcerates young people at a higher rate than almost any other state, according to a new report from the Oregon Council on Civil Rights.

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Study: Oregon's Medicaid Experiment Is Working

Oregon’s efforts to overhaul health care have been largely successful, according to a new study.

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Some Land Closed By Eagle Creek Fire Has Reopened

Large sections of land in the Columbia River Gorge closed during the Eagle Creek Fire this summer are being reopened.

Politics | Health | News | local

Effort Underway To Make Health Care A Fundamental Right In Oregon

Some Oregon lawmakers wants to put a measure on the November ballot to make health care a fundamental right.

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Oregon Measure 101: What You Need To Know

A quick user guide to Oregon Measure 101, the health care provider tax. Ballots are due Tuesday, Jan. 23 by 8 p.m.

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Oregon Adopts New Ambulance Safety Standards

The national safety standard for ambulances recently expired, leaving states like Oregon scrambling to adopt new ones.

Health | News

Democrats Question Trump's Effort To Allow States To Penalize Medicaid Recipients

Senate Democrats are questioning the Trump Administration’s authority to allow states to run Medicaid programs that penalize users.

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West Coast Cannabis Groups Band Together To Protect Interests

Cannabis trade associations in Oregon, Washington and California say they are banding together to "protect West Coast cannabis interests.”

Politics | Health | Election | News | local

Oregon Measure 101: How Did We Get Here?

Measure 101 asks one seemingly simple question: Do you agree with the way the Oregon Legislature wants to fund Medicaid? The answer is anything but simple.

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OSU Researchers Find Bacteria Byproduct That Could Slow Skin Cancer

Scientists at Oregon State University say they’ve found a bacteria that can slow the growth of skin cancer cells.