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.
Oregon’s scores on the SAT college entrance exam continue to outpace the national average. But the context for Tuesday’s scores is complicated.
One of Oregon’s most powerful education groups is looking to change the state Constitution to force more spending on public schools.
PSU formed a 21-member presidential search committee and hired an outside search firm.
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 WaterOPB | 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.
A work group report out Wednesday finds Smarter Balanced is a "valid" exam, but needs support, if students are to reach achievement goals.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 2016OPB | 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.
School started earlier this week at Portland Public Schools, but Thursday is the first day of kindergarten.
Education | News | local | Health | Lead In The WaterOPB | 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.
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.