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Rob Manning

Rob Manning has been a news reporter at OPB since 2003, after briefly serving as host of OPB’s Morning Edition in the summer of 2002. Before coming to OPB, Rob contributed freelance print stories to Planning Magazine and Willamette Week, and worked as a reporter and producer for Free Speech Radio News. Rob covers education, the environment, and local government at OPB. Rob was part of the reporting teams that won a 2009 Peabody Award (“Hard Times”) and a Harry Chapin Media Award in 2004 (“The Hunger Series”). Rob won two investigative reporting awards in 2007, and has received multiple honors for his education series Learning With Less. Rob graduated from Pomona College with a concentration in anthropology and music. He learned radio at KBOO.

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Recent Articles

News | Education | local

BOLI: Oregon Teacher Of The Year Suffered Discrimination, Retaliation

OPB | July 1, 2015 5:40 p.m.

The Multnomah Education Service District discriminated against Oregon's 2014 Teacher of the Year — and retaliated against him when he complained, according to state investigators.

LaMarcus Aldridge: Will He Stay Or Will He Go?

OPB | June 30, 2015 4:19 p.m. | Portland

Three reasons he might stay... and three reasons he could leave.

News | Education | local | Class Of 2025

Class Of 2025: A Photo Finish To Second Grade

OPB | June 27, 2015 6 a.m. | Portland

OPB's Class of 2025 finished second grade earlier this month. OPB caught up with many of the students during Field Day at Earl Boyles Elementary School, and did end-of-year photos of each of the 29 participating kids.

News | Education | local

Multnomah ESD Parts With Superintendent, 2014 Teacher Of Year

OPB | June 26, 2015 4:30 p.m. | Portland

The Portland-area education agency Thursday accepted the superintendent's resignation and signed a settlement with Oregon's 2014 Teacher of the Year.

Sports | News | local

Blazers Dispute Reports of Aldridge's Plans

OPB | June 26, 2015 11:58 a.m. | Portland

Portland Trail Blazers General Manager Neil Olshey said that All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge had not told anyone with the team that he intended to leave for another NBA team.

Health | News | Education | local

Summer Meal Programs Struggle To Meet Demand

OPB | June 25, 2015 1:23 p.m. | Portland

Over the last six years, the summer lunch program grew from serving 1.6 million lunches to more than 2 million. But according to state data, the expansion barely kept up with the pace of hunger among Oregon's children.

Sports | News | local

Trail Blazers' Batum Heads To Charlotte Hornets

OPB | June 24, 2015 5:30 p.m. | Portland

The Portland Trail Blazers are trading Nicolas Batum to Charlotte for two players.

Politics | News | Education | local

Gov. Brown Signs Opt-Out Bill Despite Objections From Feds

OPB | June 23, 2015 9:15 a.m. | Portland

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed a bill Tuesday, allowing parents to more easily opt out of state testing under the Common Core curriculum.

Politics | News | local

Oregon Lawmakers Open Door For Damascus To Disincorporate

OPB | June 22, 2015 4:59 p.m. | Portland

Damascus, Oregon could cease to be a city a year from now after bills cleared the Legislature on Monday.

News | Education | local

Growing Pains: State Tries To Expand Rural College Credit Program

OPB | June 18, 2015 5 p.m. | Pendleton, Oregon

The state has spent nearly $2 million to expand Eastern Promise. But some lessons are hard to replicate.

News | Education | local

Eastern Promise: Path To College Starts In Fifth Grade

OPB | June 18, 2015 midnight | Pendleton, Oregon

To help students plan for the future, 46 grade schools in eastern Oregon are part of a program starting in fifth grade.

News | Education | local

Eastern Promise Spanish Test Offers College Path To Latino Students

OPB | June 17, 2015 12:30 p.m. | Boardman, Oregon

Latino students in Oregon graduate high school and enroll in college less often than other students. Eastern Promise aims to close that gap through a language exam that delivers college credit.

News | Education | local

Eastern Oregon Promises High Schoolers New Way To Earn College Credits

OPB | June 17, 2015 midnight | Stanfield, Oregon

More than 40 eastern Oregon high schools have joined with college leaders in a program to help students from the area get a head start on college. It's become a model for the whole state.

News | Education | Technology | local

Student Privacy Bill Passes Oregon House Over Tech Company Objections

OPB | June 9, 2015 5:34 p.m.

Tech companies like Facebook and Amazon had been lobbying Oregon lawmakers for more access to student data.

News | Education

Reynolds HS Moves Past Shooting Anniversary With Safety Renovations

OPB | June 8, 2015 8:56 a.m.

Construction at Reynolds High should improve safety and relieve crowding.

Politics | News | Education | local

Oregon Student Privacy Bill Heads To House Floor

OPB | June 4, 2015 3:30 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum threw her support behind the bill Thursday. But the bill is attracting criticism in the state House.

News | Education | local

Portland's K-8 Schools: How Did They Start And What's Their Future?

OPB | June 4, 2015 12:15 a.m.

The votes a decade ago to create Portland's Kindergarten-to-8th grade schools were contentious. Reversing those moves could be complicated.

News | Education | local

PPS Likely Splitting K-8s Back Into Elementary And Middle Schools

OPB | June 2, 2015 4:30 p.m. | Portland

Superintendent Carole Smith told an advisory committee that a PPS analysis underway will likely point to a big change, reversing a shift to Kindergarten-through-8th grade schools, from a decade ago.  

News | Education | local | Testing 1,2,3

New Oregon Tests Strain Key School Resources: Time And Money

OPB | May 29, 2015 11 a.m. | Portland

In Part 6 of OPB's occasional series, "Testing 1-2-3," teachers and administrators say the new standardized tests in Oregon - the "Smarter Balanced" exams - cut into a precious school resource: time. 

News | Education | local | Testing 1,2,3

Attitudes, Approaches Toward New Exams Vary Across Oregon

OPB | May 28, 2015 11:15 a.m. | Mosier, Oregon

Part 5 of "Testing 1-2-3," OPB's occasional series on standardized testing, examines schools' varying feelings about Oregon's shift to new state tests.