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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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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Columbia River Crossing Project
4:18 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

President Obama Expedites Columbia River Crossing

President Obama has announced that the Columbia River Crossing -- and three other infrastructure projects around the nation -- will be expedited.

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Increase In Walking
5:14 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

More Adults Are Walking Nowadays

People in the U.S. are walking more often than they used to.
Rootology Wikimedia Commons

People are walking more, especially in the West, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2005, 56 percent of adults reported walking for at least 10 minutes a week. Five years later, that percentage was up to 62 percent.

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Oregon Alzheimer Plan
5:43 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Oregon Unveils Alzheimer Plan

The state unveiled its new plan to coordinate and improve care for people with Alzheimer's Monday.

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Oregon Boy Scout Case
4:06 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Oregon Judges Now Decide What Evidence To Release After Trial

In a far reaching opinion Thursday, the Oregon Supreme Court gave judges the power to decide what evidence can and cannot be released to the public after a trial.

Several news organizations, including Oregon Public Broadcasting, sought a set of 1,200 files with the names of  Boy Scout staff who'd been accused of sexual abuse.

The files had been used as evidence during trial. But after that trial, Multnomah County Judge John Whitmire said the files could only be released if they were redacted.  Media organizations appealed, asking to see what the jury had seen.

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Oregon Unemployment
5:27 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Oregon's Unemployment Rate Drops Again

Non-farm payroll employment added a healthy 6,900 jobs in May, the most the state has added in one month since January of last year.

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