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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

Nation | Education

Is There A Better Way To Pay For America's Schools?

NPR | May 1, 2016 7:26 a.m.

There are huge gaps in school funding between affluent and property-poor districts. And, with evidence that money matters, especially for disadvantaged kids, something has to change.

local | Air | News | Environment | Portland's Toxic Air Problem

Portland Air Testing Continues To Show Elevated Toxics Levels

OPB | April 29, 2016 4:51 p.m. | Portland

State health officials say the elevated levels of hexavalent chromium don’t pose an immediate health risk. But environmental regulators still don’t know where it’s coming from.  

local | News | Education

Portland Public Schools Reaches Open Meetings Settlement With OPB

OPB | April 29, 2016 2:45 p.m. | Portland

The case involves the district's transfer advisory committee that held several private meetings. The settlement avoids a possible appeal from OPB.

Elections | local | Politics | News | Land

Oregon Voters To Choose Future Road For Damascus

OPB | April 28, 2016 10:50 a.m. | Damascus, Oregon

Damascus voters are set to vote (again) to disincorporate as a city. Why did they make it a city in the first place?


What Are Microaggressions? Let Clackamas High Students Show You

OPB | April 28, 2016 6 a.m. | Clackamas, Oregon

Do you know what a microaggression is? Walk the halls of Clackamas High, and let the students explain.  

local | News | Education

Portland High School Constitution Teams Win National Honors

OPB | April 26, 2016 5:34 p.m. | Portland

Lincoln and Grant High School Constitution teams placed first and third, respectively, at the annual "We The People" competition in Washington, D.C.

local | News | Education | Cannabis Country: SW Oregon's Pot Economy

Boundary Plan For New High School In Beaverton Headed To School Board

OPB | April 25, 2016 1:12 p.m. | Beaverton, Oregon

Superintendent Jeff Rose is supporting a boundary plan from the district's advisory committee. Some parents have opposed it, mainly over the longer commute times it would cause for some students.

local | News | Education

Bridlemile Elementary's Experience Offers Case Study In Boundary Conflict

OPB | April 22, 2016 2:57 p.m. | Portland

Bridlemile Elementary was caught in the middle of Portland's west side boundary debate. But the conflicts there highlight broader issues such as school choice, class divides and trust in government.

Health | News | Environment | local | Portland's Toxic Air Problem

Portland Air Monitors Find More Toxic Chromium, But Source Unknown

OPB | April 21, 2016 6:30 p.m. | Portland

New air monitors set up in Southeast Portland found elevated amounts of hexavalent chromium near Bullseye Glass, but it isn't coming from that company.

local | Sports | News

Trail Blazers Fall Behind 0-2, After Big Losses In LA

OPB | April 21, 2016 12:12 p.m. | Portland

The Portland Trail Blazers face long odds to win the series against the Los Angeles Clippers.


Portland School Board Approves Major Changes To West-Side Schools

OPB | April 19, 2016 10:57 p.m. | Portland

The board of Portland Public Schools approved changes aimed at relieving overcrowding at several schools on the city's west side.

News | Education

Oregon School Funding Still A Challenge, 25 Years After Measure 5

OPB | April 15, 2016 11:31 a.m. | Pendleton, Oregon

Twenty-five years ago, Oregonians passed Measure 5 to rein in property taxes and equalize funding of Oregon schools. Ten years ago, school districts sued the state to force adequate funding. School advocates say none of it is getting students the resources they need.

local | News | Education

First-Of-Its-Kind Somali Language Program Starts In North Portland

OPB | April 14, 2016 5:12 p.m. | Portland

A teacher at Rosa Parks Elementary School is teaching two Somali languages so children from different Somali communities can better learn what their parents and relatives speak.

local | News | Land use | Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Development Near Salmon-Bearing Streams Gets New Restrictions

OPB | April 14, 2016 2:55 p.m.

Building in flood zones is about to get harder across much of Oregon, due to new federal recommendations. 

local | News | Education

Questions Lead Portland School Leaders To Postpone West Side Boundary Vote

OPB | April 12, 2016 10:40 p.m. | Portland

PPS board member Amy Kohnstamm led a unanimous vote to put off decisions on west-side boundary and building changes for a week.

local | News | Education

Portland School Board Delays Vote On East Side Changes

OPB | April 12, 2016 6:15 p.m. | Portland

Planning for changes to nine schools on the east side are going forward, though votes on those moves won't happen until fall.

local | News

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales Calls For Community's Help To Reduce Gang Violence

OPB | April 7, 2016 1:45 p.m.

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales said the police are using the right strategies to combat gang violence, but they need help from the community to succeed.

local | News

Portland Activists Call For Housing Disaster Declaration

OPB | April 7, 2016 11 a.m. | Portland

Portland’s renters say tenant protections put in place last year are not enough to counter rapidly rising rents and what they see as an alarming pattern of evictions.

local | News | Education | Transportation

Advocates, Officials See 'Dire Need' For Extending Transit Passes To East Portland

OPB | April 6, 2016 6:11 p.m. | Portland

Portland Public Schools provides free transit passes to its high school students. Advocates want the same for East Portland districts, and county officials are listening.

local | News | Education

Portland School Board Unanimously Endorses Start Of Major Building Changes

OPB | April 5, 2016 11:52 p.m. | Portland

Portland Public Schools' first vote means turning Ockley Green into a middle school this fall  and changing four K-8 programs into elementary schools.