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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

Education | News | local | Politics

University Leaders, Gov. Brown Dissatisfied With Higher Ed Budget

OPB | Dec. 1, 2016 6:30 p.m. | Portland

The governor's proposed budget keeps funding flat for higher education in Oregon. University presidents want more, and Gov. Kate Brown calls it "unacceptable."

Education | News | local

Oregon Universities Try 'Instant' Admissions To Land High School Seniors

OPB | Nov. 30, 2016 3:30 p.m. | Portland

How to recruit busy, impatient teenagers to your college? Four Oregon universities are giving immediate admissions decisions to high school seniors.

Education | News | local

Measure 98 Backers Press Oregon Gov. Brown For Funding

OPB | Nov. 25, 2016 12:34 p.m. | Portland

Measure 98 passed with 66 percent voter support, but funding it is up to Oregon lawmakers.

Education | News | local

Oregon Governor's Council Recommends Overhaul Of Teacher Improvement Efforts

OPB | Nov. 19, 2016 1:39 p.m. | Portland

The council’s report concluded that the Network of Quality Teaching and Learning — responsible for tens of millions of dollars in spending over the last three years — needs major changes.

Education | News | local | Election

PSU Joins Portland Public Schools In Offering 'Sanctuary' To Immigrant Students

OPB | Nov. 18, 2016 6 p.m. | Portland

Portland’s largest school district and its largest university have clarified policies aimed at students fearing possible deportation.

Education | News | local

Portland Public Schools Puts Hurdles Between Immigration Officers, Students

OPB | Nov. 18, 2016 12:45 p.m.

The school board for Oregon’s largest district has moved to protect students from potential immigration enforcement under a resolution it approved unanimously Thursday.

Education | News | local | Health

OSU Confirms Second Case Of Meningococcal Disease

OPB | Nov. 17, 2016 3:41 p.m. | Portland

Oregon State University now has two students with meningococcal disease. But the cases may not be related.

Education | News | local

Enrollment Dips At UO, PSU As Other Universities Reach Records

OPB | Nov. 15, 2016 3:50 p.m. | Portland

Oregon State University and Oregon Institute of Technology hit historic highs for enrollment, while the student body shrank slightly at University of Oregon.

Education | News | local

PPS Students Walk Out In Protest Of Donald Trump's Election

OPB | Nov. 14, 2016 10:34 a.m. | Portland

As many as 500 students from various Portland Public schools walked out Monday morning in protest of the election of Donald Trump.

News | local | Politics | Nation | Election | Election 2016

Anti-Trump Protesters March Through Portland

OPB | Nov. 9, 2016 6:07 p.m. | Portland

Hundreds of protesters are flowing through the streets of downtown Portland this evening, expressing their dismay over the election of Donald Trump as president.

Education | News | local | Election | Election 2016

Oregon Voters Give School Bonds Mixed Results

OPB | Nov. 9, 2016 4:11 p.m. | Portland

School districts had state matching money on the table, if they could get voter approval for construction bonds. Some succeeded. Some didn't. 

News | local | Politics | Election | Election 2016

Richardson Wins Oregon Secretary Of State Race, Ending GOP Drought

OPB | Nov. 8, 2016 9:30 p.m. | Portland

Republican Dennis Richardson is holding a lead with partial returns counted in the race for Oregon's No. 2 statewide office.

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

Oregon Voters Approve Most Measures Other Than 97

OPB | Nov. 8, 2016 8:15 p.m. | Portland

Oregon voters  gave their approval to an array of statewide ballot measures dealing with issues that ranged from veterans' services and vocational education to wildlife trafficking.

News | local | Election | Election 2016

Republicans' Oregon Robocalls Referred To FBI

OPB | Nov. 7, 2016 7 p.m. | Portland

Oregon Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins has referred the investigation of Republican robocalls to the FBI, while the two major parties in Oregon argue over who is practicing "voter suppression." 

News | local | NW Life | Sports

Roller Derby Championships Roll Into Portland

OPB | Nov. 5, 2016 1:44 p.m. | Portland

The world's best women of roller derby are spinning their wheels at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum this weekend in Portland, vying for the international championship.

News | local | Election | Election 2016

Oregon Elections Officials Warn Of 'Apparent Voter Suppression Scheme'

OPB | Nov. 4, 2016 6:30 p.m. | Portland

Oregon voters are reporting robocall messages saying their registrations may be inactive — possibly interfering with their opportunity to vote.

News | local

ODOT Reaches Settlement Over Disability Rights

OPB | Nov. 3, 2016 6:15 p.m. | Portland

Advocates for disabled pedestrians secured an agreement from the Oregon Department of Transportation, committing the agency to installing curb ramps and other improvements.

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

Measure 99 Would Tap Economic Fund To Expand Outdoor School

OPB | Nov. 3, 2016 3:26 p.m. | Portland

Supporters say Measure 99 would provide a valuable educational experience to thousands of Oregon students. Critics say it would reduce limited money meant for economic development.

News | Transportation | local | Election | Election 2016

Tigard Voters Hold Keys To Southwest Light Rail Line

OPB | Nov. 2, 2016 2:05 p.m. | Tigard, Oregon

If Measure 34-255 passes, a proposed light rail line moves ahead. A "no" vote would have planners tapping the brakes.

Politics | Business | Education | local | Nation | News | Election | Teachers | Economy | Election 2016

Measure 98: Cure For Oregon's Dropout Problem Or 'Unfunded Mandate'?

OPB | Oct. 31, 2016 12:59 p.m. | Portland

Measure 98 would dedicate $147 million a year to high school programs. It would draw money from Oregon's general fund. Backers say there's plenty of money to do it, but others aren't so sure.