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 Marijuana Petitioner
5:58 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Marijuana Petitioner Gets Record Fine

The Oregon Secretary of State's office has issued its largest ever penalty for a violation of signature gathering laws.

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Oregon Sues BP
4:45 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Oregon Sues BP Over Lost Investments

BP deep water oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico.
Photo credit: © BP p.l.c. BP

Oregon has filed a securities lawsuit against the petrochemical giant, BP.  The state wants to recover investment losses triggered by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill two years ago.

The lawsuit alleges that investors, like the state, were misled about the safety of deep water drilling. Lawyers say BP made 'materially false' and 'misleading' statements. James Sinks of the Oregon State Treasury says state lawyers did their due diligence before filing, and are confident.

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Oregon Employment
3:43 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Oregon's Jobless Rate Edges Gradually Down

Oregon has seen a decrease in the unemployment rate of a full percentage point over the last year.
Photo credit: Wikimedia user M.O. Stevens Wikimedia Commons

Oregon's unemployment rate edged down to 8.6 percent in March, essentially unchanged from 8.7 percent the month before. At 8.6 percent, Oregon's unemployment rate is higher than the national average. It stands at 8.2 percent.

But Employment Department Spokesman, Tom Fuller, says Oregon's economy appears to be improving, and fewer and fewer people are claiming unemployment insurance.

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Oregon Business Investing
5:07 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

Oregon Investment Act signed

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber has signed the 'Oregon Investment Act' into law Friday.
Photo credit: Oregon Office of the Governor Oregon Office of the Governor

Monica Enand runs the Oregon start-up 'Zapproved,' which makes legal software.  She thinks the 'Oregon Investment Act' will be a shot in the arm for new small businesses.

Monica Enand: "In the very beginning, especially in Oregon, it's tough to get any kind of investment dollars to get things rolling and get off the ground."

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Shots - Health Blog
1:38 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

Oregon Emphasizes Choices At The End Of Life

Helen Hobbs, 93, is one Oregonian who has taken advantage of a standardized form to legally record her wishes for end-of-life care.
Kristian Foden-Vencil Oregon Public Broadcasting

Originally published on Thu March 8, 2012 5:36 pm

It turns out Americans facing death want something they also want in life: choice.

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Oregon Unemployment
4:26 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Oregon's Unemployment Rate Down

Unemployed workers wait in line.
Photo credit: Michael Raphael Photo courtesy FEMA

2012 was off to a good start, according to the Oregon Employment Department.
State economist, Nick Beleiciks, says more people are working in manufacturing, education, health services and the financial industry.

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Oregon Unemployment
4:26 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Oregon's Unemployment Rate Down

Photo credit: Wikimedia user Dual Freq Wikimedia Commons

2012 was off to a good start, according to the Oregon Employment Department.
State economist, Nick Beleiciks, says more people are working in manufacturing, education, health services and the financial industry.

Nick Beleiciks: "The monthly job gains was really large. It's the largest we've seen in the last year. 54-hundred jobs in January. The last time we had a one month gain like that was last January. So that was a nice surprise."

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Fuel Costs
3:59 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

Higher Gas Prices Expected After Refinery Fire

Northwest motorists could be paying more for fuel after the fire at the Cherry Point Refinery.
Photo credit: Wikimedia User ComputerGuy890100 Wikimedia Commons

The Cherry Point refinery in Washington usually produces 225,000 barrels of gas per day. Owners, BP, says the plant could resume production soon. But Marie Dodds of Triple A Oregon and Idaho, thinks prices could increase as a result.

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