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


From Immigration To Anarchism, Oregon May Day Rallies Spotlight Multiple Causes

OPB | May 1, 2017 midnight | Portland

Organizations across the country are planning rallies Monday to mark May Day. In Oregon, there events supporting everything from school workers to anarchism.

Politics | Transportation | local | News | Environment

Oregon's Congressional Delegation Pushes Bill To Prepare For Railroad Derailments, Spills

OPB | April 28, 2017 2:32 p.m. | Portland

Members of Oregon’s congressional delegation introduced a bipartisan bill Friday to help towns and cities prepare for serious railroad incidents.

Politics | Health | local | News

Oregon's Top Democrat Lambasts Revived Health Care Bill

OPB | April 27, 2017 1:42 p.m. | Portland

Oregon Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden says new Republican health care bill is “sabotage.”

local | News

Portland Police Ask Homeowners, Businesses To Register Surveillance Cameras

OPB | April 27, 2017 11:41 a.m. | Portland

The Portland Police Bureau is asking homeowners and businesses with security cameras to register them — so cops can quickly investigate crimes.

Nation | local | News | Environment | Politics | Energy

Sen. Jeff Merkley Launches Bill To Completely Phase-Out Fossil Fuels In US

OPB | April 27, 2017 8:45 a.m. | Portland

Called the "100 by 50 Act," it aims to run 100 percent of the country on clean and renewable energy by 2050.

Health | News

Mentally Ill Prisoners Still In Their Cells An Average 23 Hours A Day

OPB | April 26, 2017 9:38 a.m. | Portland

Mentally ill prisoners in Oregon are still spending more than 23 hours a day locked in their cells, despite a Department of Corrections pledge to give them more time out.

Health | local | News

Oregon Files $3 Million Lawsuit Against Zoom Health Plan

OPB | April 25, 2017 1:56 p.m. | Portland

Oregon filed suit Tuesday against Zoom Health Plan to recover millions of dollars the company was reportedly supposed to pay last year.

Health | News

Study Finds Unvaccinated Children Create Path For Whooping Cough To Spread

OPB | April 18, 2017 1:52 p.m. | Portland

The study, published in the Journal of Pediatrics, looked at a pertussis — or whooping cough — outbreak from 2012.

News | local | Economy | Business

In March, Oregon's Unemployment Rate Fell To A Historic Low

OPB | April 18, 2017 10:39 a.m. | Portland

Over the last year, Oregon employers have added 39,00 people to their payrolls. That’s equivalent to the population of Lake Oswego.

Health | local | News

Report: Medical Debt Agencies Aggressively Go After Debts That Aren't Owed

OPB | April 17, 2017 6 a.m. | Portland

A consumer group has found that millions of Americans face aggressive tactics from medical debt collectors — even when they don't owe money. And it’s ruining their credit.


Oregon Law Enforcement Agencies Want People To Report Hate-Related Activity

OPB | April 14, 2017 5 p.m. | Portland

Police bureaus across the state are encouraging people to report hate crimes.

local | News | Environment

It's Raining, But Wildfire Season Is Starting In Washington

OPB | April 14, 2017 2:39 p.m. | Portland

Despite a wet and windy spring, wildfire season officially begins in Washington state Saturday. Oregon’s fire season typically begins next month, depending on weather conditions.

News | Election

500,000 Oregonians Still Have To File Their Taxes

OPB | April 14, 2017 11:45 a.m. | Portland

About three quarters of tax returns have been sent in. But another half-a-million are still due.

Technology | Science | local | News | Environment

New Earthquake Alert System Rolls Out In Oregon, Washington

OPB | April 10, 2017 midnight | Portland

An early warning system for earthquakes is expanding to Oregon and Washington — thanks to a group of universities and government agencies.

Health | local | News

Oregon Vaccine Skeptics Ask Trump For 'Vaccine Safety Commission'

OPB | April 7, 2017 1:47 p.m. | Portland

A group of Oregonians calling for more research into vaccines returned from a lobbying visit to Washington DC this week.

Health | News

Oregon Law To Stop Patients From Getting Large, Unexpected Medical Bills Heads For A Vote

OPB | April 7, 2017 1 p.m. | Portland

The Oregon House of Representatives could vote on a bill next week to stop patients from being hit by some large, unexpected medical bills.

Health | local | News

Oregon's 'Death With Dignity' Program Is Alive And Well

OPB | April 6, 2017 3:54 p.m. | Portland

The number of prescriptions written for people wanting help to die has increased every year since Oregon started its program 18 years ago.

Health | local | News | Business

Zoom Health Is Leaving Oregon's Health Insurance Exchange

OPB | April 6, 2017 8:48 a.m. | Portland

Another insurance company is dropping out of Oregon’s individual health marketplace.

Health | News

Oregon Lawmakers Want Public Employees To Use CCOs For Health Insurance

OPB | April 5, 2017 1:15 p.m. | Portland

Lawmakers are considering cutting health insurance costs for Oregon’s teachers and government employees, by requiring they use the state’s coordinated care organizations.

Health | local | News | Food

Coalition Proposes Sugary Drinks Tax For Portland

OPB | April 4, 2017 11:04 a.m. | Portland

A coalition of doctors, parents and teachers is proposing a sugary drinks tax for Multnomah County.

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