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.
There are huge gaps in school funding between affluent and property-poor districts. And, with evidence that money matters, especially for disadvantaged kids, something has to change.
State health officials say the elevated levels of hexavalent chromium don’t pose an immediate health risk. But environmental regulators still don’t know where it’s coming from.
The case involves the district's transfer advisory committee that held several private meetings. The settlement avoids a possible appeal from OPB.
Do you know what a microaggression is? Walk the halls of Clackamas High, and let the students explain.
Lincoln and Grant High School Constitution teams placed first and third, respectively, at the annual "We The People" competition in Washington, D.C.
Superintendent Jeff Rose is supporting a boundary plan from the district's advisory committee. Some parents have opposed it, mainly over the longer commute times it would cause for some students.
Bridlemile Elementary was caught in the middle of Portland's west side boundary debate. But the conflicts there highlight broader issues such as school choice, class divides and trust in government.
New air monitors set up in Southeast Portland found elevated amounts of hexavalent chromium near Bullseye Glass, but it isn't coming from that company.
The Portland Trail Blazers face long odds to win the series against the Los Angeles Clippers.
The board of Portland Public Schools approved changes aimed at relieving overcrowding at several schools on the city's west side.
Twenty-five years ago, Oregonians passed Measure 5 to rein in property taxes and equalize funding of Oregon schools. Ten years ago, school districts sued the state to force adequate funding. School advocates say none of it is getting students the resources they need.
A teacher at Rosa Parks Elementary School is teaching two Somali languages so children from different Somali communities can better learn what their parents and relatives speak.
PPS board member Amy Kohnstamm led a unanimous vote to put off decisions on west-side boundary and building changes for a week.
Planning for changes to nine schools on the east side are going forward, though votes on those moves won't happen until fall.
Portland Mayor Charlie Hales said the police are using the right strategies to combat gang violence, but they need help from the community to succeed.
Portland’s renters say tenant protections put in place last year are not enough to counter rapidly rising rents and what they see as an alarming pattern of evictions.
local | News | Education | TransportationOPB | April 6, 2016 6:11 p.m. | Portland
Portland Public Schools provides free transit passes to its high school students. Advocates want the same for East Portland districts, and county officials are listening.
Portland Public Schools' first vote means turning Ockley Green into a middle school this fall and changing four K-8 programs into elementary schools.