Reporter and Producer
Rob Manning is a reporter and producer at Oregon Public Broadcasting. He covers education, environment and local government.
Rob got his start at OPB as host of Morning Edition in the summer of 2002. Previously, Rob contributed freelance print stories to Planning Magazine and Willamette Week, and worked as a reporter and producer for Free Speech Radio News. He learned radio at community radio station KBOO in Portland.
Rob was part of the reporting teams that won a Peabody Award for "Hard Times" and a Harry Chapin Media Award for "The Hunger Series." Rob also won two investigative reporting awards, and has received multiple honors for his education series Learning With Less.
Rob graduated from Pomona College with a concentration in anthropology and music.
Interim superintendent Bob McKean wasn't outside of a Portland Public Schools building Monday, as Oregon's largest school district waited for his school administrator license to be renewed.
News | Health | Environment | Education | Lead In The WaterOPB | Aug. 25, 2016 5 p.m. | Portland
Discussions between Portland Public Schools and the Oregon Health Authority reverse the school district's earlier warning to avoid produce from gardens on school property.
Health | Environment | News | localOPB | Aug. 23, 2016 3:23 p.m. | Portland
The EPA wants Oregon to fix rules that limit penalties against contractors working on lead paint-era homes without a license.
Portland Public Schools advises against eating from any of the district's roughly 75 school gardens until they can determine which have been watered by lead-tainted water.
Former Centennial Superintendent Bob McKean is poised to lead Portland Public Schools as interim superintendent. That follows the withdrawal of recent Beaverton interim leader Paula Radich.
The school board for Portland Public Schools is running candidates for its fill-in superintendent job through a duplicate set of interviews, all while reporters watch.
Politics | local | News | Election 2016OPB | Aug. 12, 2016 8:45 p.m. | Portland
An ongoing rift between Bernie Sanders’ supporters and Democratic Party leaders turned a meeting into a shoving match and something close to a brawl.
Portland City Council is poised to vote on a proposal that would turn industrial land owned by the Bureau of Environmental Services into a shelter for homeless residents.
Portland Public Schools released about 7,500 pages of email correspondence and internal documents Monday focused on the district’s problems with lead in school drinking water.
News | Health | local | Education | Lead In The WaterOPB | Aug. 8, 2016 1 p.m. | Portland
Trina Harper's daughter had lead in her blood. Not high levels, but numbers that are perhaps too high for a girl with kidney disease. And Harper believes PPS is to blame for it.
Election | Politics | local | News | Election 2016OPB | Aug. 3, 2016 2:55 p.m. | Portland
Commissioner Amanda Fritz is leading an effort to revive a public finance system, but with stronger oversight and tougher penalties for violators than what Portland abandoned in 2010.
Environment | News | localOPB | Aug. 1, 2016 2:30 p.m. | Portland
The chief of the Nehalem Bay Fire & Rescue warns of slow emergency response on remote parts of the trail.
News | Health | local | Education | Lead In The WaterOPB | July 29, 2016 12:20 p.m. | Portland
Portland Public Schools says five children and two adults tested high out of 628 recently returned samples. Health officials have said in the past that elevated lead tends to come from homes, not schools.
News | local | Education | Lead In The WaterOPB | July 28, 2016 4:45 p.m.
When outside investigators looked into how Portland Public Schools botched the discovery of elevated lead, system problems became apparent. Fixing those issues is complicated.
Education | News | Parents | Health | Environment | local | Lead In The WaterOPB | July 28, 2016 7:30 a.m. | Portland
A recent outside investigation found a lack of resources and proper procedures for maintaining Portland's schools. Former managers explain the uphill battle they faced.