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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

Business | News | local | Health

Oregon Considers Ban On Additives In Cannabis Vaping Products

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission is considering a new ban on some flavored vaping products and additives. But only those containing cannabis– not nicotine.

News | local | Health

People Are Struggling To Mourn Loved Ones Amid Pandemic Regulations

The coronavirus has wreaked havoc on everything from sporting events to dining.  But people who’ve lost a loved one are facing particular anguish.

Business | News | local | Health

Oregon Cannabis Sales Hit Record High During Pandemic

Oregonians bought a record-setting amount of cannabis last month, according to new numbers from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.

Election | News | local | Science | Health

Signatures Submitted For Oregon Measure To Decriminalize Psilocybin

People hoping to decriminalize the active ingredient in psychedelic mushrooms, psilocybin, for therapeutic uses in Oregon submitted their petitions for the November ballot Friday.

Election | News | local

Baker City Residents Vote To Sell Old Backhoe

Oregon voters were choosing mayors and considering millions in public spending Tuesday. But in one odd ballot item, Baker City residents were also voting to sell an old backhoe.

Economy | News | Health | World | Nation | NW Life

Oregon's More Populous Counties Begin Applying To Reopen

Most Oregon counties have started reopening under Phase 1 of the state’s coronavirus rules. Now Portland’s most populous counties would like to follow suit.

News | Health

Providence Imposes Budget Cuts Because Of Virus

Providence Health & Services in Oregon has announced a series of cuts because of the pandemic.

Sports | News | local

Tiny Town Of Gold Hill In Long Shot Bid For Olympic Event

Los Angeles is hosting the 2028 Summer Olympics. But 700 miles away, the southern Oregon town of Gold Hill has entered into a long-shot bid to host the kayak, canoeing and rafting events.

News | Health

Oregonians Find Silver Lining Amid Stay-At-Home Order

While thousands of Oregonians have fallen sick with the coronavirus, and more than a hundred have died, for some the quarantine has meant lots of quality time with their families.

Election | News | local | Health

The View From A Swing County: Tillamook Voters Weigh In On Coming Elections

A Tillamook dairy farmer struggles with the economic fallout from the coronavirus, but he doesn't blame President Donald Trump. Others think the president will get voted out this November. 

World | News | Health

Legacy Health System Requires Staff To Take Time Off In COVID Cuts

Legacy Health System is requiring staff to take time off because of a revenue drop from COVID-19. Top executives will also see pay cuts of 20% to 30%. 

News | local | Health

Experts Concerned That Pandemic Feelings Can Trigger Addiction Issues

Being in quarantine can make people feel depressed, anxious and isolated. And experts worry those are the same feelings that drive addiction.

News | local | Health | Education

OHSU Cutting Employee Salaries Due To Major Loss In Revenue

The Portland-based teaching hospital says the coronavirus is expected to result in losses of up to $1.4 billion over the next two-and-a-half years.

News | local | Health

OHSU Performs 1st Heart Transplant Since Program Shuttered In 2018

Oregon Health & Science University has performed its first heart transplant since four cardiologists abruptly left in 2018.

Economy | News | Health | World | Food | local

How Are Essential Workers Dealing With Coronavirus?

Essential workers, like grocery clerks, are having to fight coronavirus infection on a daily basis. 

News | local | Health

How Coronavirus Threatens The Recovery Of Some Who Struggle With Mental Health

Most of us are anxious about the novel coronavirus. But for those with struggle with their mental health, that anxiety can spiral out of control and delay their recovery.

Family | News | Health | NW Life

Worried About COVID-19? Psychologists Have Some Tips

A psychologist offers tips for staying calm during this pandemic. 

News | local | Health

Oregon Seniors Concerned About COVID-19 But Taking It In Stride

Oregon seniors are worried about COVID-19 but say they've seen several viruses come and go over the years. 

News | local | History

Coos Bay Remembers Alonzo Tucker And Oregon's Only Documented Lynching

Several hundred people gathered in Coos Bay last weekend to remember Alonzo Tucker, the victim of the only documented lynching in Oregon.

News | local | Science | Health

How Did Eugene Become A Hotbed Of Behavioral Science Research?

Eugene is known for many things: running, Ken Kesey, a politically engaged citizenry. But many Oregonians don't know it's also a national hotbed of research into behavioral science.