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 | local

Analysis: GOP Health Care Bill Could Raise Insurance Prices For Oregonians

OPB | March 22, 2017 2:15 p.m. | Portland

Even with its tax credit increases for older consumers, the GOP's new health care bill would increase overall health insurance costs for Oregonians, according to a new analysis.

Health | News

Oregon Lawmakers Consider Making Tobacco Illegal Until Age 21

OPB | March 20, 2017 midnight | Portland

Next month, Lane will become the first county in Oregon to increase the minimum age to buy tobacco — from 18 to 21. Other counties and the whole state might be joining them soon.

Health | News

Deschutes DA Investigating Patient Data Breach At St. Charles Health In Bend

OPB | March 17, 2017 3:48 p.m. | Portland

The Deschutes County District Attorney has launched a criminal investigation into an apparent breach of patient records at St. Charles Health System.

Health | News

Some Republicans Have Problems With The 'American Health Care Act'

OPB | March 17, 2017 3:15 p.m. | Portland

Some Republican lawmakers in Oregon are joining Democrats in their displeasure at the replacement for the Affordable Care Act.

Health | News

Oregon Farmers Speak Out Against Bill To Stop Giving Antibiotics To Healthy Animals

OPB | March 17, 2017 9 a.m. | Portland

Oregon farmers and veterinarians are speaking out against a bill in Salem that would make it illegal to give antibiotics to healthy farm animals.

Health | News

Oregon Governor Says New Health Law Would Triple Uninsured Rate And Cut 23,000 Jobs

OPB | March 16, 2017 4:15 p.m. | Portland

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown released a report Thursday saying the new health care law created by the Trump Administration would triple Oregon’s uninsured rate and cut 23,000 jobs. 

Health | News | local

As CBO Releases Report, Oregonians Rally In Support Of Affordable Care Act

OPB | March 13, 2017 4:15 p.m. | Portland

Oregonians who don’t want to see the Affordable Care Act repealed are rallying around the state. OPB caught up with one group on the Capitol steps Monday.

Health | News | local

Marijuana Legalization Hasn't Increased Traffic Fatalities In Oregon

OPB | March 9, 2017 8:30 a.m. | Portland

When Oregon legalized recreational marijuana, some people worried car accidents would increase. A new study indicates that didn’t happen — but more research is needed.

Health | Business | News

Oregon Will Soon Start Testing Age Compliance At Marijuana Stores

OPB | March 7, 2017 4:29 p.m. | Portland

The OLCC is about to start sending young adults to cannabis stores to see whether they can get in.

Health | News | local

Oregon Dems, GOP Differ In Reaction To Affordable Care Act Replacement

OPB | March 6, 2017 5 p.m. | Portland

House Republicans released legislation Monday to replace the Affordable Care Act.

Election | Health | News | local

Vaccine Skeptics Take Their Fight To Oregon's Ballot Boxes

OPB | March 3, 2017 2:20 p.m. | Portland

A series of seven vaccine initiatives have been filed with the Oregon elections division. But sponsors won’t talk to OPB about them.

Politics | Health | News | local

Ill Oregonians Tell Lawmakers They Face Thousands In Drug Costs Every Month

OPB | March 3, 2017 1:34 p.m. | Portland

Oregonians struggling to pay for prescriptions that cost thousands of dollars a month spoke out Friday in support of a legislative bill to cap drug prices.

Health | News

State Considers Fining 4 Oregon Health Insurance Companies For Denying Autism Coverage

OPB | March 3, 2017 11:15 a.m. | Portland

The state is cracking down on four Oregon health insurance companies for denying consumer claims for autism.

Health | News | local

Oregon Lawmakers Consider Making Small-Scale Drug Possession A Misdemeanor

OPB | March 2, 2017 4:15 p.m. | Portland

The House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to consider a bill Monday that would make small-scale drug possession a misdemeanor, rather than a felony, in Oregon.

Health | News | local

FamilyCare Health Sues Oregon Health Authority Over Reimbursement Rates — Again

OPB | Feb. 28, 2017 3:15 p.m. | Portland

One of Oregon’s largest Coordinated Care Organizations has filed a lawsuit against the state for having an “unsound rate-setting process.”

local | Economy | Business | News

Oregon Reaches Lowest Unemployment Rate Since 1976

OPB | Feb. 28, 2017 10:18 a.m. | Portland

Oregon’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.3 percent in January — the lowest it’s been since records began in 1976.

local | Business | News

Port Of Portland Gets Chance To Restart New Container Business

OPB | Feb. 27, 2017 4:30 p.m. | Portland

The Port of Portland and the operator of the container facility at Terminal 6 have agreed to end their 25-year lease agreement.

Health | News | local

Baby Stranded By Immigration Order Doing Well After Heart Surgery In Portland

OPB | Feb. 27, 2017 2:45 p.m. | Portland

The Iranian baby whose surgery was delayed by President Trump’s immigration order is doing well after surgery in Portland.

Politics | local | News

Portland Police To Send Drug Addicts To Treatment Instead Of Jail

OPB | Feb. 27, 2017 11:16 a.m. | Portland

Portland and Multnomah County are changing the way they deal with drug addicts.

Health | News | local

Physicians Asked To Prescribe Fewer Pills For Back Pain

OPB | Feb. 26, 2017 7:45 a.m. | Portland

The American College of Physicians has updated its guidelines for treating lower back pain. The hope is to reduce opioid dependency.

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