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 | News

OHSU Study: Having Health Insurance Helps Prevent Cardiac Arrest

OPB | June 28, 2017 1 p.m. | Portland

Having health insurance makes it less likely that you’ll suffer sudden cardiac arrest, according to a new study published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Health Association.

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2 SW Washington Counties Will Get Health Insurance Providers In 2018

OPB | June 26, 2017 2:11 p.m. | Portland

The Washington State Insurance Commissioner says companies will be selling individual health insurance in both Grays Harbor and Klickitat counties next year.

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Oregon 6-Year-Old Gets 3-D Printed Prosthetic Hand

OPB | June 22, 2017 noon | Portland

Jude Rochon, 6, is at Oregon Health & Science University Thursday to be fitted with a prosthetic hand. But rather than spending $50,000 for it, the hand was made with a 3-D printer and cost about $50.

Health | Nation | News

Prominent California Researcher To Join OHSU Knight Cancer Institute

OPB | June 22, 2017 9 a.m. | Portland

Oregon Health and Science University announced Thursday that it’s attracted a top researcher to join the Knight Cancer Institute.

Health | local | News

Oregon's Prescription Drug Costs Bill Languishes In Ways And Means

OPB | June 17, 2017 12:30 p.m. | Portland

People fighting to control the cost of prescription drugs are worried the pharmaceutical lobby may have killed their bill.

Health | News

Oregon Health Authority Budget Passes, With Little Republican Help

OPB | June 16, 2017 11:45 a.m. | Portland

The Oregon House has passed a package of bills to fund the Oregon Health Authority — and continue providing health insurance for hundreds of thousands of Oregonians.

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Oregon DMV To Offer 3rd Gender Identity On ID Cards

OPB | June 15, 2017 5:15 p.m. | Portland

Starting next month, the Oregon DMV will offer identity cards with a third gender marker. It’s the first time a U.S. state has recognized non-binary identities. 

Health | Nation | News

What The Republican Health Bill Means For Gresham Family With Disabled Daughter

OPB | June 15, 2017 9:37 a.m. | Portland

What the change from the 'Affordable Care Act' to the 'American Health Care Act' would mean for one Gresham family.

Health | local | Nation | News

OHSU Study On Veteran Suicide Reveals Gaps In Knowledge

OPB | June 15, 2017 12:15 a.m. | Portland

There is no definitive standard for identifying or treating veterans at risk of suicide, according to a new study out of Oregon Health and Science University.

local | Nation | News

Settlement To Stop Foster Kids Sleeping In Hotels And Offices Breaks Down

OPB | June 15, 2017 midnight | Portland

A settlement to stop Oregon’s foster kids from being temporarily housed in hotels and state offices has broken down.

Health | local | News

Oregon Businesses Are Building Their Own Health Clinics

OPB | June 14, 2017 5:45 p.m. | Portland

Large companies in Oregon are following a new trend — setting up dedicated health clinics for employees. Oregon’s largest construction company just opened its new clinic in downtown Portland.

Health | News | Arts

AG Jeff Sessions Wants To Block Laws Protecting Marijuana Users

OPB | June 13, 2017 12:45 p.m. | Portland

Oregon’s Congressional delegation is reacting to news Tuesday that the U.S. Attorney General wants to reverse laws protecting states with legalized marijuana.

local | NW Life | Arts | Education | State of Wonder

Jordan Schnitzer Reveals Museum Funding For 2 More Northwest Universities

OPB | June 9, 2017 4:50 p.m. | Portland

Schnitzer is giving $5 million to the fundraising campaign for Portland State University’s new art museum. This means, within the next few years, four regional academic museums will bear his name.

Health | local | News | Politics

Oregon Health Care Tax Looks More Likely

OPB | June 9, 2017 2:44 p.m. | Portland

A Ways and Means subcommittee approved a package of new health care taxes that would maintain insurance for about 1 million Oregonians.

local | News | Arts | Education

Oregon Philanthropist Donates $5 Million For New PSU Art Museum

OPB | June 8, 2017 3:38 p.m. | Portland

One of Portland’s most brutal looking buildings is going to get a renovation, complete with a new art museum, thanks to a $5 million donation from philanthropist Jordan Schnitzer.

Nation | News | Politics

Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden Says Former FBI Director's Firing 'Stinks'

OPB | June 8, 2017 12:36 p.m. | Portland

Members of Oregon’s Congressional delegation reacted to former FBI director James Comey’s testimony Thursday.

local | News | Politics

Oregon Driver's Licenses Still Don't Meet Federal Security Standards

OPB | June 6, 2017 3:05 p.m. | Portland

Oregon was given an extension last year to bring its drivers’ licenses up to federal security standards. That extension expired Tuesday, but the state isn’t worried.

Health | News

Adventist Hospital Opens New Portland Psychiatric Center

OPB | June 6, 2017 9:45 a.m. | Portland

Adventist Health is opening a new long-term psychiatric care center in Portland. It’s designed to take over where the new Unity Center drops off.

Nation | Environment | News

Mosier Train Derailment, Oil Spill Anniversary Shows Progress And Problems

OPB | June 2, 2017 10:45 a.m. | Portland

Saturday is the one-year anniversary of the catastrophic oil train derailment in the Columbia River Gorge town of Mosier, Oregon. While the fire might be out, the crash still hangs over the town.

Nation | Environment | News

Oregonians React To Trump Withdrawal From Climate Accord

OPB | June 1, 2017 3:58 p.m. | Portland

Oregonians are reacting to news that President Donald Trump is withdrawing the US from the Paris climate accord.


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