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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

News | Education | local

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.

Politics | Health | News | local

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 | News | local

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 | Education | local

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 | Education | local

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 | Education | local

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.

Nation | Communities | 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.

News | local

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 | Education | local

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 | Nation | local

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 | Education | local

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 | News | local

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 | Education | local

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.

Politics | News | local

'OPB Politics Now': A Tale Of 2 Revenue Forecasts

OPB | May 18, 2017 3:37 p.m.

We talk about what motivated voters who weighed in on school bonds across Oregon, and why lawmakers have such different interpretations of the quarterly revenue forecast.

Politics | News | Election | Education | local

Portland Public Schools Wins Record $790 Million Bond Measure

OPB | May 16, 2017 4:43 p.m. | Portland

Despite a plague of public relations troubles, the largest school bond in Oregon history has passed. The victory means Portland Public Schools can ramp up efforts to clean up health hazards and overhaul four big schools.

NW Life | News | Education | local

Portland State University Names Rahmat Shoureshi As New President

OPB | May 15, 2017 3:30 p.m. | Portland

Portland State University has hired New York Institute of Technology interim president Rahmat Shoureshi to be its next leader.

News | Education | local

Oregon, Portland State Search For Options After Tuition Hikes Rejected

OPB | May 12, 2017 3:01 p.m. | Portland

University of Oregon and Portland State University leaders are weighing their options after seeing tuition increases rejected Thursday by the state's Higher Education Coordinating Commission.

News | Education | local

Oregon Higher Education Commission Denies Tuition Hikes For UO, PSU

OPB | May 11, 2017 5 p.m. | Portland

The Higher Education Coordinating Commission blocked tuition increases for University of Oregon and Portland State University. It approved increases for three others.

Nation | News | Transportation | local

Portland Considers 'Biketown' Expansion

OPB | May 8, 2017 3:04 p.m. | Portland

Less than a year after launching Biketown, Portland looks to expand the bike share program east and north, and make it easier to park the orange bikes in certain areas.

Politics | News | Education | local

Money Measures On Oregon May Ballot Boost Voter Turnout

OPB | May 8, 2017 1:15 p.m. | Portland

It's no surprise: Oregon counties with big dollar items on their ballots are seeing higher turnout numbers than those without them.