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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Oregon Health System
4:45 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Oregon Seen As Health Care Model For Other States

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber
Credit Oregon Public Broadcasting

Governor John Kitzhaber says the feds are calling Oregon's health system a model for other states. Money goes along with that.

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Oracle Jobs
4:58 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Oracle Says 130 Jobs Coming To Oregon

 The server giant, Oracle, announced Monday that it will shift 130 jobs from Mexico to Oregon - and retain other jobs here that might have been headed south.

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Flu Season
4:34 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Flu Activity On The Rise

Flu activity is very hard to predict.
Credit Tennessee Department of Health website

We're into the flu season in the Pacific Northwest, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Portland Mall Shooting
5:42 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

People Run For Their Lives At Portland Mall Shooting

Three people are dead after a shooting at Clackamas Town Center in suburban Portland.
Credit Steve Morgan / Wikimedia Commons

Police say three people are dead, including the gunman, after a shooting at a shopping mall in suburban Portland.

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Portland Mall Shooting
5:40 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Shooting At Portland Shopping Center

The shooting occurred at the Clackamas Town Center in Oregon.
Credit Steve Morgan / Wikimedia Commons

Police say the threat has been neutralized at Clackamas Town Center, but at least one person is dead. People are now being escorted out of the mall.

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High-Altitude Ballooning Station
6:12 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

High Altitude Ballooning Business Builds Station In Tillamook

A scientific baloon used by NASA
NASA Wikimedia Commons

An Oregon company is building a new high-altitude ballooning station in Tillamook. The Near Space Corporation is spending $6.9 million to build a factory and ballooning station at the Port of Tillamook Airport Business Park.

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Oregon Casinos
6:59 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Three Former Oregon Governors Want To Stop Casinos

A photo of Multnomah County, Oregon.
Photo Credit: Gary Halvorson/Wiki Commons

Three of Oregon's former governors announced their opposition Monday to two Oregon casino ballot measures.

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Oregon Casino Ballot Measures
4:53 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Former Governors Announce Opposition To Casino Ballot Measures

Oregon's three former governors announced their opposition Monday to the state's casino ballot measures. Measure 82 amends the constitution to allow non-tribal casinos, and requires those casinos to give a percentage of their revenue to the state lottery. Measure 83 authorizes such a casino in Multnomah County, at Wood Village.

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Oregon Unemployment Rate
5:08 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Oregon's Unemployment Increases

Oregon’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased two-tenths of a percent in August to 8.9 percent. Since reaching a peak of about 11.5 percent during the recent recession, Oregon's unemployment rate had been falling - albeit very slowly. But since May, it's been climbing again from a low of 8.4 percent to now 8.9 percent.

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Wildfire Near White Salmon
4:30 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Homeowners Told To Prepare To Evacuate On Short Notice North Of White Salmon

It's a hot dry day for fire fighters battling blazes along Route 141 in Washington, just north of White Salmon. Forty-five homes have been evacuated since Wednesday afternoon. Other homeowners have been notified they need to be ready to evacuate on short notice.

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