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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

Health | local | News

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.

Health | Politics | local | News | Business

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.

Health | Politics | local | News

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.

Health | Communities | Nation | local | News

Oregon Does U-Turn On Opioid Tapering

Two years after trying to taper opioid users off the drug, Oregon has ended the policy.

Health | News

4,000 People Turn Out For Portland Rally Against Abortion Bans

About 4,000 people pack Terry Schrunk Plaza in downtown Portland Tuesday to protest efforts to enact near-total abortion bans in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio, Missouri, Arkansas and Utah.

Health | News

Oregon Considers Changing The Way Mentally Ill People Are Committed

Senate Bill 763 would lower the bar for civil commitment of mentally ill people. But opponents say it'll cost money that could be spent on preventing illness instead.

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Oregon's Health Insurance Rates Are Stabilizing Despite Federal Uncertainty

Seven insurance companies submitted rate change requests for the individual market next year – with an average increase of 3.2%.

Health | News

Oregon Considers Expanding Its Death With Dignity Law

Some doctors want to expand the way patients are allowed to take their own lives in Oregon.

Health | Politics | local | News

Oregon Becomes 1st State To Allow Dentists To Offer Any Vaccine

In Oregon, you'll soon be able to get a flu shot during your fall dental checkup.

Politics | local | News

Portland Mayor: Homelessness May Seem Like It's Getting Worse Before It Gets Better

Portland’s mayor says the city is busy building hundreds of affordable housing units, but homelessness may seem like it’s getting worse before it gets better.

local | News | Environment | World

Washington Woman Wins 'Green Nobel'

A Washington woman, who spent the last four years fighting construction of a oil terminal in Vancouver, has won the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize.

Climate change | Health | local | News | Environment

Oregon's Air Is Getting Worse, According To American Lung Association

Oregon’s air is getting worse — according to a new report from the American Lung Association

Health | Politics | local | News

Oregon Parents Push Bill To Screen Newborns For More Diseases

Parents who've lost children to devastating genetic disease, call for a new system of adding diseases to  Oregon's newborn bloodspot screening test.

Health | local | News | Agriculture

Elders In Action Says It's Closing After 22 Years

The Portland nonprofit Elders In Action announced Tuesday that it’s closing after 22 years.

Health | News

NASA Study Helps Cancer Patients In Oregon

A doctor who worked on a study about living in space, is now working to fight cancer at Providence Health in Portland.

Health | News

Molalla Woman Lived 99 Years With Organs On Opposite Sides Of Her Body

Medical students at Oregon Health and Science University think they found the longest-lived person with transposed organs during anatomy class.

Health | local | News

Cautious Optimism That Clark County Measles Outbreak Is Ending

It’s been 19 days since Clark County, Washington, last announced a new case of measles. The public health department is cautiously optimistic the outbreak is ending.

Health | News

New Report: Shopping Around Can Save Thousands On Prescriptions

An Oregon watchdog has highlighted the benefits of shopping around for medications in a new report.