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Rob Manning

Rob Manning is a reporter and producer at Oregon Public Broadcasting. He covers education and local government.

Rob has been at OPB since 2002. He contributed to the 2009 Peabody Award winning “Hard Times” project and has earned multiple honors for the long-term education reporting effort, “Class of 2025.” 

Rob is part of National Public Radio’s education reporting partnership with member stations. In that capacity, Rob contributed stories in 2015 and 2016, on NPR projects related to graduation rates and school funding.   

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Recent Articles

Listen: What A Snow Day Sounds Like In Portland

OPB | Jan. 11, 2017 6:36 p.m. | Portland

What does a snow day sound like in Portland? Take a listen to this audio postcard gathered by OPB reporters.

Education | local | News

Records Show How One School District Handled Last Big Portland Storm

OPB | Jan. 6, 2017 3:59 p.m. | Portland

Public records from the North Clackamas School District show administrators scrambling to find children and get them home, amid snow and freezing rain. 

Education | local | News

PCC Board Chair Steps Down Over 'Sanctuary College' Vote

OPB | Jan. 4, 2017 12:31 p.m. | Portland

Portland Community College board member Gene Pitts is resigning after disagreeing with fellow board members over a "sanctuary college" designation. 

Education | News | local | Economy | Politics

Threatening Tuition Hike, Oregon Universities Demand Funding Increase

OPB | Jan. 3, 2017 3:42 p.m. | Portland

The presidents of Oregon's seven public universities are pressing legislators to improve on Gov. Kate Brown's proposed budget.

Nation | Communities | News

Been Outside? Yeah, It's Cold. And It's Sticking Around.

OPB | Jan. 3, 2017 1:38 p.m.

2017 is starting out cold, all over Oregon.   The National Weather Service says temperatures are likely to stay below freezing in the Willamette Valley for days – and even colder to the east.

Politics | Communities | News | Election

Multnomah County Swears In All-Female Commission

OPB | Jan. 3, 2017 12:17 p.m. | Portland

The majority of the Multnomah County commission turned over in 2017.

Energy | News | local | Environment

Northwest Land Managers Roll Out Mining Limits As Obama Term Nears Conclusion

OPB | Dec. 30, 2016 4:49 p.m. | Portland

As the clock ticks down on the Obama administration, federal land managers released a flurry of rules Friday focused on mining in the Northwest.

News | local | Economy

Landlords Support Rent Assistance In Face Of Oregon Leader's Opposition

OPB | Dec. 29, 2016 5:45 p.m. | Portland

An Oregon landlords' group wants to create a $25 million rent assistance program, funded by the sale of tax credits. But the Democratic leader of the House opposes it.

local | News | Environment

Owyhee Future Uncertain In Wake Of Other Monument Designations

OPB | Dec. 29, 2016 5:30 p.m. | Portland

Supporters and opponents of a proposed Owyhee Canyonlands National Monument are waiting for word from the White House, which may not come for weeks.

Education | Nation | local | News

Northwest Schools Look To Make Up Snow Days

OPB | Dec. 20, 2016 3:53 p.m. | Portland

Two December storms are leading to calendar changes in Oregon school districts.

Portland-Area Schools Apologize For Storm Response, Vow Policy Review

OPB | Dec. 15, 2016 3:27 p.m. | Portland

Some parents in Beaverton had to wait for their kids until 10 p.m. Wednesday. In Portland? Midnight.

Education | NW Life | local | News

Snow Strands Hundreds Of Oregon Students In Schools, On Buses

OPB | Dec. 14, 2016 8:30 p.m. | Portland

Two of Oregon's largest school districts were struggling to get students home Wednesday night in the face of a snowstorm.

Education | local | News | Sports

Lake Oswego Schools Face Possible Lawsuit Over Alleged Title IX Violations

OPB | Dec. 14, 2016 9:15 a.m. | Portland

The Lake Oswego School District is facing a possible class action lawsuit over its sports program. Ten current and former female athletes allege violations of federal Title IX protections.

Education | local | News

Ontario School Officials Question Expansion Of Charter School

OPB | Dec. 9, 2016 3:01 p.m. | Portland

The recent expansion of a charter school in the eastern Oregon town of Ontario drew criticism at this week’s State Board of Education meeting.

Education | Water | local | News | Lead In The Water

Oregon Maps School Lead Levels

OPB | Dec. 7, 2016 1:20 p.m. | Portland

Oregon health officials released an interactive map Wednesday showing which schools have tested their water for lead, and which have not. 

Education | Teachers | local | News

Oregon Releases Plan To Confront 'Chronic Absenteeism' In School

OPB | Dec. 2, 2016 3:03 p.m. | Portland

The underlying problem seems obvious: kids don't learn if they're not coming to school. A new  “Chronic Absenteeism Report” responds to a law Oregon passed earlier this year.

Education | Politics | local | News

University Leaders, Gov. Brown Dissatisfied With Higher Ed Budget

OPB | Dec. 1, 2016 6:30 p.m. | Portland

The governor's proposed budget keeps funding flat for higher education in Oregon. University presidents want more, and Gov. Kate Brown calls it "unacceptable."

Education | local | News

Oregon Universities Try 'Instant' Admissions To Land High School Seniors

OPB | Nov. 30, 2016 3:30 p.m. | Portland

How to recruit busy, impatient teenagers to your college? Four Oregon universities are giving immediate admissions decisions to high school seniors.

Education | local | News

Measure 98 Backers Press Oregon Gov. Brown For Funding

OPB | Nov. 25, 2016 12:34 p.m. | Portland

Measure 98 passed with 66 percent voter support, but funding it is up to Oregon lawmakers.

Education | local | News

Oregon Governor's Council Recommends Overhaul Of Teacher Improvement Efforts

OPB | Nov. 19, 2016 1:39 p.m. | Portland

The council’s report concluded that the Network of Quality Teaching and Learning — responsible for tens of millions of dollars in spending over the last three years — needs major changes.