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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

NW Life | Nation | News | History

Firefighter Thrown 20 Feet By Gas Explosion

OPB | Oct. 20, 2016 10:52 a.m.

A firefighter who's being hailed as a hero for evacuating a building before a powerful gas explosion in a Northwest Portland shopping district says the blast threw him up to 20 feet.

local | News | Education

Beaverton School Board Approves High School Boundary Changes

OPB | Oct. 19, 2016 5:45 p.m. | Portland

Beaverton school board members approved district boundary changes this week, after rejecting a slightly different map last May.

local | News | Education

Top Oregon Democrats Look To PSU On Campus Sexual Violence

OPB | Oct. 18, 2016 5:30 p.m. | Portland

Portland State University has a six-figure federal grant to come up with a national model for how to reduce campus sexual assault. There's also a bill in Congress.

local | News | Education

Oregon's Grad Rate Remains In National Basement — Across Income, Ethnic Groups

OPB | Oct. 17, 2016 1:45 p.m. | Portland

Oregon's graduation rate is well below the national average. That's because all of Oregon's ethnic groups lag behind, particularly the state's majority white student population.

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

Oregon Lawmakers Join Parents In Confronting Dyslexia

OPB | Oct. 17, 2016 6 a.m. | Portland

Learn about Oregon's changing approach to dyslexia through one of the students in OPB's "Class of 2025."

Stormy Weather Hits Oregon; Worse To Come

OPB | Oct. 13, 2016 6:15 p.m. | Portland

The National Weather Service said Thursday's rain and wind may let up Friday but will resume even stronger this weekend.

local | News | Education

Oregon Releases Report Cards For Schools, Districts

OPB | Oct. 13, 2016 1:15 p.m. | Portland

The report cards show more than 1,200 schools don't offer overall ratings, for the second year in a row. They're full of test scores, graduation rates, attendance trends and other information.

Environment | local | News

Federal Magistrate Sides With Environmental Groups On Stream Temperatures

OPB | Oct. 13, 2016 12:32 p.m. | Portland

A magistrate's recommendation could lead to tougher temperature standards on 14 stream basins in Oregon, including the Willamette River.

local | News | Education

Records Reveal Confused, Conflicted Response To Lincoln High Walkout

OPB | Oct. 11, 2016 7:45 a.m. | Portland

Portland Public Schools released more than 230 pages of email correspondence related to a student walkout at Lincoln High School and lockout at Benson High School.

Election | News | Politics | Election 2016

Republican Bud Pierce Denounces Comments In 2005 Donald Trump Video

OPB | Oct. 8, 2016 4:17 p.m. | Portland

Republican gubernatorial nominee Bud Pierce and the Oregon Democratic Party have blasted Donald J. Trump's just-released 2005 video.

local | Election | News | Politics | Election 2016

Measure 97 Campaign Accuses Comcast Of Blocking Ads

OPB | Oct. 8, 2016 3:45 p.m. | Portland

Proponents of Measure 97, the corporate tax initiative, say the region’s largest cable television provider blocked ads they tried to air.

local | News | Education

New Portland Middle Schools Would Wait A Year Under Superintendent Plan

OPB | Oct. 7, 2016 3:39 p.m. | Portland

Harriett Tubman and Roseway Heights were going to be middle schools in Fall 2017. But Portland's Interim Superintendent Bob McKean says that's too soon.

local | News | Politics

What A Bridge Crane Has To Do With Portland's Police Contract

OPB | Oct. 6, 2016 4:26 p.m. | Portland

Portland leaders shuttered City Hall on Thursday to keep activists from disrupting City Council. Activists responded with Operation Bridge Crane.

Communities | Nation | News | local | Economy | Transportation

Report: Discrimination Harming Efforts To Diversify Oregon Highway Workforce

OPB | Oct. 6, 2016 10:18 a.m. | Portland

Oregon’s highway construction workforce is getting more diverse – but discrimination remains a big problem, according to a study out Thursday from Portland State University.

local | News | Education

PSU's '4 Years Free' Is The Latest Carrot For College-Bound High Schoolers

OPB | Oct. 4, 2016 4:45 p.m. | Portland

Next year’s freshmen at Portland State University could attend school for free under a program the university rolled out Tuesday. But it's not totally free — and not for every student.

local | Election | Politics | News | Education | Election 2016

Oregon Secretary Of State's Race Offers Lesson In Civics Education

OPB | Oct. 3, 2016 4:12 p.m. | Clackamas, Oregon

The secretary of state is the Swiss Army knife of Oregon government. It supervises seven divisions — from audits to archives, corporations to elections. What's that got to do with civics education?

Election | Economy | News | Politics | Election 2016

Measure 97, PERS Divide Candidates For Oregon Treasurer, Secretary Of State

OPB | Sept. 29, 2016 3:15 p.m. | Clackamas, Oregon

The corporate tax measure and rising retirement costs are forcing financial debates among candidates for two of Oregon's top offices.

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

After Lead Scare, Portland Schools Resume Cooking With Kitchen Water

OPB | Sept. 27, 2016 6:50 p.m. | Portland

School cooks can use water from kitchen sinks again — and one of the top facility officials at PPS is resigning.

local | News | Education

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.

local | Politics | News | Education

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.