Kristian Foden-Vencil

Reporter, Oregon Public Broadcasting

Kristian Foden-Vencil is a veteran journalist/producer working for Oregon Public Broadcasting. He started as a cub reporter for newspapers in London, England in 1988. Then in 1991 he moved to Oregon and started freelancing. His work has appeared in publications as varied as The Oregonian, the BBC, the Salem Statesman Journal, Willamette Week, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, NPR and the Voice of America. Kristian has won awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists and the Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors. He was embedded with the Oregon National Guard in Iraq in 2004 and now specializes in business, law, health and politics. 

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Health and Wellness
5:20 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Oregon Congressman Pushes End-Of-Life Conversations

Legislators are working to try to allow doctors to bill health insurance companies for end-of-life conversations.
Credit Flickr

Currently, if a doctor wants to talk to a patient about dying, he or she has to do it off-the-clock. They can't bill insurance companies for the time.

Portland Democrat, Earl Blumenauer, says he has 60 co-sponsors for his bill to allow such conversations to be covered by Medicare and Medicaid.

"It will pay for a 93-year-old woman with terminal cancer to have her hip replaced, but it won't pay a couple of hundred bucks for the doctor to have a conversation with this woman and her family to find out what her wishes are," he said.

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Mohamud Trial
5:56 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Mohamed Mohamud Sentenced To 30 Years For Bomb Plot

Mohamed Osman Mohamud found guilty in FBI sting.
Credit Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

An Oregon man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for plotting to bomb a crowded holiday event in Portland's town square in 2010.

Mohamed Mohamud was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Portland in a plot that actually was an FBI sting.

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Health Insurance
4:49 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Oregon Contracts With First Data To Examine Cover Oregon Roll-Out

Governor John Kitzhaber says the state signed a contract Thursday, with a company for an independent assessment of the problems with Oregon's health insurance exchange website.

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Oregon Unemployment
5:24 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Oregon's Unemployment Drops To 8.2 Percent

Oregon's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continues its slow decline. It reached 8.2 percent in March.

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Boston Explosion
4:40 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Runner Mourns Losses At Marathon

An estimated 300 Oregonians were registered to run the Boston Marathon Monday.

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Boston Explosion
4:21 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Portland Man Finishes Boston Marathon, Hears Explosion

When explosions rocked the Boston Marathon route today Monday hundreds of Oregonians were in the city for the race.  More than 300 people from Oregon were registered for the marathon, and Nike and Adidas both had staffs there.

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Japanese Tsunami Debris
4:53 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Oregon Officials Ask If Washed-Ashore Wood Could Come From Japanese Arch

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department was called about part of a boat -- but instead found floating material that could be debris from the March 2011 tsunami that hit Japan.
Credit Judson Randall

Oregon authorities have contacted the Japanese Consulate in Portland to find out whether a piece of presumed tsunami debris that washed up at Oceanside on Friday is culturally significant.

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Minimum Wage
4:53 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Oregon's Minimum Wage Law Goes Before Senate Panel

Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian
Credit Oregon State website

Oregon's voter approved effort to link the minimum wage to the Consumer Price Index was the topic of debate at a Capitol Hill hearing Thursday.

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Terrorism Suspect
5:52 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Portland Terrorism Suspect Released To Await Trial

The Portland city employee who was charged this week with aiding terrorism has been released to await his trial.

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Oregon Jobs
4:10 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Oregon's Unemployment Rate Stable

Oregon's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for January was 8.4 percent -- essentially unchanged from 8.3 percent in December. Ever since Oregon's unemployment rate peaked at over 11 percent in 2009, it's been dropping, but slowly.

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