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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

News | Education | local | Politics | Election 2016

3 Things To Know About Oregon's High School Funding Initiative

OPB | June 28, 2016 12:05 p.m. | Portland

Initiative Petition 65 would dedicate state money to dropout prevention, college credit courses and career-technical programs.

News | Education | local

Portland's Only Charter Middle School Set To Close

OPB | June 27, 2016 6:45 p.m. | Portland

Nonprofit Self-Enhancement Inc. intends to close its highly-praised charter middle school after the upcoming school year.

News | Education | Lead In The Water

Health Risks In PPS Buildings Could Cost $400 Million To Repair

OPB | June 22, 2016 7:42 a.m.

The health risks in Portland Public Schools buildings could cost upwards of $400 million dollars to repair — including almost $200 million just to fix plumbing problems.

News | Education | local | Lead In The Water

Lead Crisis: Portland Superintendent To Step Down In 2017

OPB | June 21, 2016 4:43 p.m.

Portland Public Schools superintendent Carole Smith is stepping down at the end of next school year. The move follows continued public pressure after lead was discovered in drinking water at two schools.

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

Portland Teacher Requires Medical Attention After Lead Testing

OPB | June 20, 2016 7 p.m. | Portland

Two teachers showed elevated lead levels and both have ties to the same school in North Portland.

News | Education | local | Election 2016

Breaking Down The Oregon Initiative To Raise Slumping Graduation Rates

OPB | June 20, 2016 2:47 p.m. | Portland

Initiative Petition 65 aims to raise Oregon's high school graduation rate without raising taxes.

Portland Public Schools Runs HVAC To Clear Radon, Closes Buckman Pool

OPB | June 17, 2016 6:45 p.m. | Portland

PPS has been able to bring down radon levels in eight of nine affected classrooms. The district closes Buckman Pool due to lead paint concerns in locker room.

News | Education | Nation

9 Oregon Colleges Could Be Affected By Federal Accreditation Decision

OPB | June 17, 2016 1:49 p.m. | Portland

The U.S. Department of Education’s threat against the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools is the latest chapter in the federal crackdown on for-profit colleges.

News | Election | Politics | local

Clackamas County Finds Missing Ballots Just Before Certification Deadline

OPB | June 17, 2016 1:15 p.m. | Portland

State and county officials say the 341 found ballots didn’t change the outcome of any races.    

News | Education | local

Springfield Wants Anti-Testing Message To Spread In Oregon

OPB | June 16, 2016 6:45 p.m. | Portland

The chair of the Springfield school board hopes his group’s vote in opposition to standardized testing will spark broader change.

Economy | Education | local | News

PSU Student Workers Press For $15 Minimum Wage Now

OPB | June 16, 2016 4:27 p.m. | Portland

Students argue Portland State University could afford to pay its workers more if it reined in administrator pay.

News | Education | local

Beaverton School Board Hires Away David Douglas Superintendent

OPB | June 14, 2016 11:43 a.m. | Portland

Don Grotting will become Oregon's highest paid superintendent under his three-year contract with the Beaverton School District.

News | local | Lead In The Water

Who Shows Up, And Who Doesn't, In Mountain Of PPS Lead-Related Emails

OPB | June 9, 2016 6:18 p.m. | Portland

Superintendent Carole Smith is not a main character in the 900 pages of emails. But the senior manager she put on leave is.

News | Lead In The Water

Oregon Relies On Recommendations, More Than Requirements, In Anti-Lead Plan

OPB | June 8, 2016 3:53 p.m. | Portland

Oregon officials announced plans Wednesday aimed at finding and reducing lead in drinking water at schools and day care centers. It has more recommendations than requirements.

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

Lead Screenings Begin At Portland Schools

OPB | June 6, 2016 6 p.m.

Dozens of Portland families showed up to free clinics at Rose City Park School to have their children tested for lead.

News | Health | Education | local

PPS Administrators Knew Of Radon Results But Didn't Share At Parent Meeting

OPB | June 6, 2016 11:58 a.m. | Portland

Parents and public health officials asked district officials to share information promptly, but they didn't share what they knew about radon at a school meeting on building health hazards.

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

As Oregon Schools Admit To Lack Of Lead Testing Data, Possible State Mandate Looms

OPB | June 3, 2016 5:33 p.m. | Portland

Many Oregon school districts are acknowledging they haven’t tested their water for lead, but they are announcing plans to do so.

News | Environment | Education | local

Portland Public Finds High Radon Levels In More Than 100 School Rooms

OPB | June 1, 2016 10:53 p.m.

Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, according to the EPA, and results in about 21,000 related deaths each year.

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

Portland School Officials Publish Database Of Past Lead Fixes, Remaining Problems

OPB | June 1, 2016 5:35 p.m. | Portland

Portland Public Schools officials published 26 pages of documentation of how the district responded to lead-tainted water dating back to 2004.

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

Portland School Leaders Confronted With Notice, Health Questions

OPB | June 1, 2016 2:47 p.m. | Portland

The recent discoveries of lead-tainted drinking water at Portland schools has parents wondering how they’re supposed to learn of such problems.