Reporter and Producer

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

OHSU President Joe Robertson Retires After MS Diagnosis

OPB | Oct. 19, 2017 4 p.m. | Portland

The president of Oregon Health & Science University, Joe Robertson, is retiring after nearly 40 years of service.

Health | local | News

Wyden And Hatch Push Bill To Make Foster Care System More Accountable

OPB | Oct. 17, 2017 2:39 p.m. | Portland

The top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee have come together to introduce a bill that would publicize more information about private foster care providers.

Health | News

Oregon Children's Hospital Among Best In Nation For Serious Injury

OPB | Oct. 16, 2017 5:45 p.m. | Portland

Randall Children’s Hospital has been verified as a Level 1 pediatric trauma center — the first children’s hospital in Oregon to attain the status.

Health | local | News

Astoria Opens Radiation Center In Collaboration With OHSU

OPB | Oct. 16, 2017 1:45 p.m. | Portland

It took the capping of a municipal dump and the building of a new athletics center, but Astoria now has its own new radiation center.

local | News | Recreation | Sports

Portland Thorns, Fans Celebrate NWSL Championship

OPB | Oct. 16, 2017 7:53 a.m. | Portland

A noisy crowd rallied in Portland Sunday night to celebrate the Thorns bringing home the National Women’s Soccer League championship trophy.

Health | News

Oregon Joins Other States In Trump Health Care Lawsuit

OPB | Oct. 13, 2017 1:04 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon is joining California's lawsuit along with more than a dozen other states against President Donald Trump's halting of payments to insurers under the Obama-era health care law.

Health | local | News

What Does Trump's Health Care Order Mean For Oregonians?

OPB | Oct. 12, 2017 2:38 p.m. | Portland

President Donald Trump’s executive order on health care is being called a “serious threat” to the stability of Oregon’s health insurance market.

Health | local | Nation | News

Knight Cancer Institute Hopes Collaboration Will Lead To Cures

OPB | Oct. 11, 2017 8:30 a.m. | Portland

OPB is tracking the $1 billion quest to cure cancer at Oregon Health & Science University. In this story: How do you attract world-class researchers to Oregon for a cancer cure moonshot?

Health | local | Nation | News

Can A Building Help Cure Cancer?

OPB | Oct. 11, 2017 8:30 a.m. | Portland

The physical centerpiece of the new Knight Cancer Institute is a seven-story laboratory in Portland's South Waterfront neighborhood. Can a building help cure cancer? 

Health | local | Nation | News

The $1 Billion Question: Can OHSU Really Cure Cancer?

OPB | Oct. 11, 2017 8:30 a.m. | Portland

OPB is tracking Oregon Health & Science University's $1 billion quest to cure cancer. To start, a look at the underlying reality facing scientists: Cancer is actually many different diseases, and it's going to need many different cures.

Health | local | News

Zoom Management Faces Massive Health Insurance Fine

OPB | Oct. 10, 2017 2:51 p.m. | Portland

Oregon has levied one of the largest insurance company fines in memory against the parent company of Zoom+Care. 

Health | News

Knight Cancer Institute Lands Big Scientific Name

OPB | Oct. 10, 2017 9 a.m. | Portland

The Knight Cancer Institute has snagged a big scientific fish — Dr. Gordon Mills from the Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

Environment | local | News

Oregon Gets $350K For Coastal Community Tsunami Preparedness

OPB | Oct. 6, 2017 11:02 a.m. | Portland

Oregon’s been awarded $350,000 by the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program to increase resilience in coastal communities.

Health | Election | News | Politics

Referendum Could Put Health Care Of 350K Oregonians In Jeopardy, Group Says

OPB | Oct. 5, 2017 12:23 p.m. | Portland

Opponents of a recent Oregon bill to fund health care through a new tax submitted signatures Thursday to get a referendum against the tax on the ballot.

Health | local | News

Secretary Of State Audit Calls For Better Safety In Disabilities Program

OPB | Oct. 4, 2017 3:47 p.m. | Portland

The Oregon agency that helps arrange home care for elderly and disabled people needs to take immediate action to improve safety — according to an audit released Wednesday.

local | News

Multnomah County Wins $2 Million Grant To Reduce Incarceration

OPB | Oct. 4, 2017 midnight | Portland

Multnomah County has been awarded a $2 million grant to reduce the size of the local jail population — particularly among people with mental health and substance abuse issues.

Health | local | News

Oregon Rally For Addiction Recovery Starts With A Pile Of Shoes

OPB | Sept. 29, 2017 3:15 p.m. | Portland

Several large Oregon health care nonprofits are coming together to fight addiction.

Health | local | News

Officials Worry ACA Repeal Efforts Will Affect Oregon Marketplace

OPB | Sept. 27, 2017 12:04 p.m. | Portland

Health care workers in Oregon worry that repeat efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act might have left consumers confused.

local | World | News

Is North Korea Capable Of Attacking Oregon?

OPB | Sept. 26, 2017 1:03 p.m. | Portland

North Korea is developing a long-range intercontinental ballistic missile that theoretically has the capacity to reach the West Coast.

Health | local | News

Oregon Sen. Wyden Says Trumpcare Is 'As Popular As A Root Canal'

OPB | Sept. 25, 2017 1:21 p.m. | Portland

The Congressional Senate Finance Committee held the only public hearing on the Republican Graham-Cassidy health care bill Monday.


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