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Rob Manning


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.

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Recent Articles

Education | News | local

Oregon Students Outpace National Average On Changing SAT Exam

OPB | Sept. 27, 2016 1:50 p.m. | Portland

Oregon’s scores on the SAT college entrance exam continue to outpace the national average. But the context for Tuesday’s scores is complicated.

Education | News | local | Politics

Proposed Constitution Change Would Mandate Oregon School Funding

OPB | Sept. 26, 2016 8:15 p.m. | Portland

One of Oregon’s most powerful education groups is looking to change the state Constitution to force more spending on public schools.

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

Oregon Lawmakers Approve School Lead Testing Money

OPB | Sept. 23, 2016 3:24 p.m. | Portland

Oregon's legislative emergency board approved reimbursing school districts for costs to test drinking water for lead.

Education | News | local | Nation

Portland State University Begins Search For Next President

OPB | Sept. 16, 2016 5:25 p.m. | Portland

PSU formed a 21-member presidential search committee and hired an outside search firm.

Education | News | local | NW Life | Nation

Why Cherry Park Elementary Dumped Homework ... Mostly

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

Cherry Park Elementary School had third graders filling out reading logs and doing math homework every week. Fourth graders won't have to do either of those, under a new homework policy.

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

UO, PPS Find More Lead In School Buildings

OPB | Sept. 15, 2016 9:18 a.m. | Portland

The University of Oregon has announced the discovery of lead in residence hall drinking water. Portland Public Schools found lead, likely from paint, in two classrooms. 

local | NW Life | Nation | News | Teachers | Education

Education Work Group Finds State Tests 'Valid,' But Not Helpful To Students

OPB | Sept. 14, 2016 2:32 p.m. | Portland

A work group report out Wednesday finds Smarter Balanced is a "valid" exam, but needs support, if students are to reach achievement goals.

Education | News | local

Oregon Audit: Smarter Balanced Exams Take Up Scarce Time, Resources

OPB | Sept. 14, 2016 10 a.m. | Portland

An Oregon audit of the state's Smarter Balanced standardized exams found that the tests aren’t well understood, and that they take up scarce time and resources in schools.

News | Environment | Health | Lead In The Water

Portland Water Officials Propose Lead Timeline Under EPA Pressure

OPB | Sept. 12, 2016 6:30 p.m. | Portland

Federal regulators are pushing officials in Oregon to reduce lead in Portland-area water quickly. The city's "accelerated timeline" likely wouldn't yield results until 2022.

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

Andy Fridley: Silenced PPS Health Manager Resigns, Responds

OPB | Sept. 10, 2016 1:28 p.m. | Portland

After 28 years at Portland Public Schools, Andy Fridley was suspended and given 15 minutes to pack his office. Now gone, he's offered a lengthy response to the PPS lead investigation.

Education | News

Oregon's Income-Test Score Connection

OPB | Sept. 8, 2016 6:30 p.m. | Portland

OPB's analysis of student test scores released Thursday show a correlation between a school's concentration of low-income students and the likelihood of students passing math and English exams.

OPB Politics Now: School Funding, Goat Yoga, New Oregon Voters Poll And More

OPB | Sept. 8, 2016 3:48 p.m.

This week we look at new polling on the races for president and governor in Oregon, hear why Portland voters won't decide on a school funding bond this year and learn all about goat yoga.

Education | News | local

Oregon Test Scores Show Persistent Achievement Gaps Based On Race, Income

OPB | Sept. 8, 2016 midnight | Portland

Scores on the Common Core-aligned "Smarter Balanced" exams nudged up ever-so-slightly, in the assessment's second year, but gaps remain between white students and children of color.

Education | News | local | Class Of 2025: Follow Students From 1st Grade To Graduation

Class Of 2025: The Homework Question

OPB | Sept. 6, 2016 8:30 p.m. | Portland

As the Class of 2025 enters fourth grade, we compare what kinds of homework students were accustomed to getting as third graders. It's a different answer, at different schools.

local | NW Life | Nation | News | Teachers | Education | Parents

Push To Speed Up Portland School Bond Falls Short

OPB | Sept. 6, 2016 10:35 a.m. | Portland

The Portland school board decided in late July to delay a proposed $750 million bond, likely until May. A push from students and parents failed to convince board members to reconsider.

News | local | Politics | Election | Election 2016

Voter Information Not Compromised After Clackamas County Terminal Accessed

OPB | Sept. 2, 2016 4:53 p.m. | Portland

A Clackamas County elections computer with a potential security problem did not compromise confidential voter information, county officials said Friday.

Education | News | local

Kindergarten Summer Program Offers Smooth Transition For Kids, Parents And Schools

OPB | Sept. 1, 2016 9:25 a.m. | Portland's

School started earlier this week at Portland Public Schools, but Thursday is the first day of kindergarten.

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

Improving Oregon Schools Starts With Plans, Stops At Dollar Signs

OPB | Aug. 30, 2016 4:02 p.m. | Portland

Oregon schools are required to submit healthy school plans, but a lack of funding and requirements mean big improvements to school buildings may be years off.

local | NW Life | Nation | News | Teachers | Family | Education | Parents

PPS Superintendent 'On The Job' After Administrator License Lapsed

OPB | Aug. 29, 2016 10:58 a.m. | Portland

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.

Education | News | local | Communities

Portland Opens 1st New High School In Decades

OPB | Aug. 26, 2016 4:58 p.m. | Portland

Roosevelt High School students return this week to a brand new facility. It's the first of three new high schools Portland Public Schools will open over the next year or so.