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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

Las Escuelas P├║blicas De Portland Seleccionan A Un Latino Como Superintendente

OPB | Aug. 11, 2017 10:59 a.m. | Portland

La Junta Directiva de las Escuelas Públicas de Portland, anunciaron su decisión sobre la persona quien se encargará de liderar el distrito escolar más grande de Oregon.  

News | Education

Portland Public Schools Picks San Francisco Administrator As Superintendent

OPB | Aug. 11, 2017 9:45 a.m. | Portland

Portland Public School Board members announced they've decided who they'd like to lead Oregon's largest school district.

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

Oregon Will Keep 100 Percent Graduation Goal For Class Of 2025

OPB | July 11, 2017 4:33 p.m. | Portland

The Oregon Legislature wrapped up its work July 7 after five months of work that will affect everyone in Oregon — including public school students in the class of 2025.

Politics | local | News

Oregon Senate Approves Recording Grand Juries

OPB | July 4, 2017 2:52 p.m. | Portland

Oregon is one of just two states that do not record grand jury proceedings. A bill just approved by the state senate would change that.

Health | Politics | local | News

Gov. Brown Signs Health Care Tax, But Possible Voter Fight Awaits

OPB | July 3, 2017 5:29 p.m. | Portland

Supporters say the tax is needed to cover the rising costs of insuring hundreds of thousands of mainly low-income Oregonians.

Politics | Nation | News | local | Education

Travel Ban's Allowance For Student Visas Doesn't Reassure PSU

OPB | June 29, 2017 11:49 a.m. | Portland

Portland State University officials decry the possible effects on future students of President Trump's travel ban.

local | News

Oregon Investigators Support Woman's Unfair Firing Claim

OPB | June 27, 2017 12:40 p.m. | Portland

Oregon's Bureau of Labor and Industries is backing claims from Micaela Herrera, who said Teen Challenge fired her for being pregnant and unmarried.    

News | local | Education

Forest Grove School Payroll Staffer Charged With Financial Wrongdoing

OPB | June 23, 2017 4:03 p.m. | Portland

Forest Grove Police are charging a school payroll staffer with three counts each of forgery, theft and identify theft.

Health | Politics | local | News

Northwest Democrats Blast Senate GOP's 'Meaner' Health Care Bill

OPB | June 22, 2017 4:03 p.m. | Portland

The four U.S. senators from Oregon and Washington, all Democrats, united against the Republican health care bill.

Politics | local | News

Merkley Downplays Presidential Aspirations, Decries Republican Health Care Approach

OPB | June 15, 2017 7:30 p.m. | Portland

Sen. Jeff Merkley likes the "no charisma" label from CNN. But he doesn't appreciate Republican tactics on the health care bill.

News | local | Education

Oregon's Largest Bond Measure Ever Faces Labor, Logistical Challenges

OPB | June 15, 2017 12:48 p.m. | Portland

Portland voters supported a $790 million schools repair bond in May. Now, the question is how to get all that work done quickly.

News | local | Education

PPS Middle School Proposal Draws Concern From Boundary Committee

OPB | June 6, 2017 5:39 p.m. | Portland

Portland Public Schools plans to open two middle schools on the east side. But after questions from a boundary committee, decisions are likely to wait until fall.

News | local | Education

Renewed Search For PPS Superintendent Shows School Board Divisions

OPB | June 2, 2017 4:38 p.m. | Portland

Thursday night brought seven sitting members of the Portland Public Schools board, together with the three new members elected last month to discuss the key job of hiring a new superintendent.

Communities | Nation | News

Jesse Jackson Opposes Counter-Protest, Says 'We'll Have Our Own Day To March'

OPB | June 2, 2017 noon | Portland

The long-time civil rights leader said Portlanders should not bring additional attention to a pro-Trump message they oppose.

local | News

Portland Mayor Hopes Right-Wing Ralliers Will Reconsider Timing

OPB | May 30, 2017 6:30 p.m.

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler acknowledges he has little ability to stop two planned right-wing protests in Portland in the wake of last week’s TriMet stabbings. But he says he still hopes event organizers will rethink their timing.

News | local | Education

Oregon Commission Reverses Course, Approves Tuition Hikes For UO And PSU

OPB | May 25, 2017 5:54 p.m. | Portland

Oregon's two largest universities gained approval Thursday for significant tuition increases, after initially being denied.

Politics | Election | News | local | Nation

Oregon's Congressional Democrats Push For National Vote-By-Mail

OPB | May 25, 2017 11:58 a.m. | Portland

Both of Oregon’s senators and four U.S. representatives announced the introduction of a bill Thursday that would require “every state to provide registered voters the opportunity to vote by mail."

News | local | Education

New Board Members Lead PPS Superintendent Search 2.0

OPB | May 23, 2017 3:34 p.m. | Portland

Newly elected board members Scott Bailey, Julia Brim-Edwards and Rita Moore will comprise a majority of the superintendent search task force.

Politics | local | News

Special Counsel Draws Partisan Reactions From Oregon

OPB | May 19, 2017 5:30 p.m. | Portland

Sen. Ron Wyden sees "an attack on our democratic institutions." The Oregon GOP sees "nothing more than a political witch-hunt."

News | local | Education

District Won't Release Final Report On Withdrawn PPS Superintendent Finalist

OPB | May 19, 2017 2:03 p.m. | Portland

Portland Public Schools said Friday it will not release the final background report on the superintendent finalist that fell through.