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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 Warns Doctors To Look Out For Vape-Related Illness

Oregon’s public health departments are urging doctors to be on the lookout for respiratory illness among people who vape or use electronic cigarettes.

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Oregon Puts Pressure On Drug Manufacturers To Stop Raising Prices

The state of Oregon has started to put pressure on drug companies to keep prices down. Wednesday, it released a list of the most expensive medications, and the medications that caused the greatest insurance rate increases.

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Oregon Health Authority Challenges Federal Restrictions On Reproductive Care

The Oregon Health Authority has sent a letter to the federal government saying it wants to continue getting Title X money — but it won’t spend it.

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Measles Is Back In Clackamas And Multnomah Counties

Health officials say 23 people have contracted measles in Oregon so far this year — the most seen since 1991. Clackamas and Multnomah counties have seen nine cases combined in just six weeks.

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Oregon Health Authority Encourages Immigrants To Find Attorneys For New 'Public Charge' Rule

The Oregon Health Authority is encouraging immigrants with questions about a new public benefit rule to find an attorney

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Patient Dies At Unity Center, Mental Health Facility In Portland

Another patient has died at the Unity Center for Behavioral Health, Portland’s clinic for people going through mental health emergencies.

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Hundreds Convene In Portland To Block Zenith Oil Terminal Plans

Hundreds of people attended a community meeting in Portland Monday eveing to figure out ways to stop the renovation of the Zenith Energy oil terminal along the Willamette River.

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State Of Oregon Employees To Get Raises Of Up To 15%

About 24,000 state employees will see raises of up to 15% over the next two years, if a tentative agreement is finalized.

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City Of Portland To Host Forum On Zenith Tar Sands Terminal Expansion

The city of Portland is holding a community forum Monday evening at the University of Portland on the proposed expansion of the Zenith Energy tar sands terminal.

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Beaverton Basement Launches App Like Fitbit For Your Brain

Working out of a basement in Beaverton, a group of entrepreneurs has just launched a new app. It's like a Fitbit for the brain.

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Oregon Kicks Off Next Phase In Medicaid Reform

The Oregon Health Authority awarded coordinated care contracts to 15 organizations. They’re spread across the state and serve almost a million people.

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Oregon Health Authority Lifts Warning On 2 Beaches

The Oregon Health Authority lifted warnings for two of five popular beaches on the coast just in time for Fourth of July celebrations.

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Oregon Bill To Make Pseudoephedrine Easier To Buy Fails

A bill to make pseudoephedrine easier to buy in Oregon failed to pass this session. That means Oregon remains one of only two states to continue requiring a prescription.

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OHSU Study Shows Patients Unclear On Cannabis Dosing

Some people with epilepsy use cannabis to treat their condition, but a new study out of Oregon Health And Science University finds that only a small percentage know the dose they’re taking in milligrams.

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Workload, Character Clashes And Burn Out Plagued OHSU's Heart Transplant Program

OHSU has hired three of the five physicians it wants to re-start a heart transplant program by September 1st.

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As Oregon Looks To Legalize, How Is Psilocybin Decriminalization Going Elsewhere?

The movement to decriminalize psilocybin — the active ingredient in hallucinogenic mushrooms — appears to be gaining momentum. Denver and Oakland have now decriminalized the drug, and Oregon might be next. 

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Multnomah County Sees Increase In HIV Infections

Multnomah County, Oregon, health officials say 42 new HIV cases have been identified in the last 18 months. By contrast, 25 cases were reported over the previous two years.

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When People With Mental Illnesses Go To The Hospital, Sometimes They End Up In Jail

Disability Rights Oregon looked at one year’s worth of trespass arrests made by the Portland Police at several local hospitals. They found 142 cases.

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Oregon House Passes Bill To Transport Cannabis Across State Lines

The Oregon House passed a bill Tuesday that makes it legal to transport cannabis across state lines.

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Legislators Try To Make Hospitals Justify Their Nonprofit Status

Oregon legislators try to make some hospitals justify their nonprofit status by providing more community benefit.