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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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NW Life | Education | News | Parents | Family | Nation | Teachers | local

PPS Superintendent 'On The Job' After Administrator License Lapsed

OPB | Aug. 29, 2016 10:58 a.m. | Portland

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.

News | Communities | local | Education

Portland Opens 1st New High School In Decades

OPB | Aug. 26, 2016 4:58 p.m. | Portland

Roosevelt High School students return this week to a brand new facility. It's the first of three new high schools Portland Public Schools will open over the next year or so. 

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

Portland Public Schools Clear Gardens For Consumption

OPB | Aug. 25, 2016 5 p.m. | Portland

Discussions between Portland Public Schools and the Oregon Health Authority reverse the school district's earlier warning to avoid produce from gardens on school property.

Election | Politics | local | News | Election 2016

Oregon Candidates For Governor Confirm 5 Fall Debates

OPB | Aug. 25, 2016 9:58 a.m. | Portland

Gov. Kate Brown and Republican nominee Bud Pierce plan to debate five times from mid-September through mid-October, in three cities.

Health | Environment | News | local

EPA Pushes Oregon To Toughen Lead Paint Contracting Rules

OPB | Aug. 23, 2016 3:23 p.m. | Portland

The EPA wants Oregon to fix rules that limit penalties against contractors working on lead paint-era homes without a license.

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

Portlanders Warned Against Eating Produce From School Gardens

OPB | Aug. 19, 2016 4:52 p.m. | Portland

Portland Public Schools advises against eating from any of the district's roughly 75 school gardens until they can determine which have been watered by lead-tainted water.

News | local | Education | Lead In The Water

PPS Names Bob McKean Interim Superintendent

OPB | Aug. 16, 2016 8:19 p.m. | Portland

The Portland school board agreed Tuesday night to make Bob McKean the district’s interim superintendent. He tells Portland: "I will need everyone's help."

News | Fish & Wildlife | local | Education | Lead In The Water

Former Interim Beaverton Schools Leader Withdrew From PPS Job Hunt

OPB | Aug. 16, 2016 4:30 p.m. | Portland

Former Centennial Superintendent Bob McKean is poised to lead Portland Public Schools as interim superintendent. That follows the withdrawal of recent Beaverton interim leader Paula Radich.

News | NW Life | local | Education

Portland Public Schools Tries Unusual Process To Land Interim Superintendent

OPB | Aug. 15, 2016 2 p.m. | Portland

The school board for Portland Public Schools is running candidates for its fill-in superintendent job through a duplicate set of interviews, all while reporters watch.

Politics | local | News | Election 2016

Shoving Match Breaks Out At Multnomah County Democrats' Meeting

OPB | Aug. 12, 2016 8:45 p.m. | Portland

An ongoing rift between Bernie Sanders’ supporters and Democratic Party leaders turned a meeting into a shoving match and something close to a brawl.  

local | News

Terminal Housing: Portland To Vote On Industrial Land Homeless Shelter

OPB | Aug. 9, 2016 7 p.m. | Portland

Portland City Council is poised to vote on a proposal that would turn industrial land owned by the Bureau of Environmental Services into a shelter for homeless residents.

News | Lead In The Water

New Documents Confirm Facility, Organizational Problems At PPS

OPB | Aug. 8, 2016 5:30 p.m. | Portland

Portland Public Schools released about 7,500 pages of email correspondence and internal documents Monday focused on the district’s problems with lead in school drinking water. 

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

Parents Of Portland Child Prepare Claim Over Lead-Tainted Water

OPB | Aug. 8, 2016 1 p.m. | Portland

Trina Harper's daughter had lead in her blood. Not high levels, but numbers that are perhaps too high for a girl with kidney disease. And Harper believes PPS is to blame for it. 

Election | Politics | local | News | Election 2016

Portland Leaders Pursue Familiar But 'Tougher' Campaign Finance System

OPB | Aug. 3, 2016 2:55 p.m. | Portland

Commissioner Amanda Fritz is leading an effort to revive a public finance system, but with stronger oversight and tougher penalties for violators than what Portland abandoned in 2010.

Election | Politics | local | News | Election 2016

Open Government Groups Push For Changes In Portland Elections

OPB | Aug. 2, 2016 5:38 p.m. | Portland

City lobbying reports show three groups have met with advisors of city commissioners at least 40 times over the last few months.

Environment | News | local

Proposed Salmonberry Trail Draws Concern From Coastal First Responders

OPB | Aug. 1, 2016 2:30 p.m. | Portland

The chief of the Nehalem Bay Fire & Rescue warns of slow emergency response on remote parts of the trail.

News | Energy | Water | Business | Environment | local

Oregon Backs 'Clean' Technology From Portland Company

OPB | Aug. 1, 2016 10:45 a.m. | Portland

A Portland company has received state backing to perfect using a solar technology to clean farm and factory pollution.     

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

Blood Tests Turn Up More Portland Cases Of Elevated Lead

OPB | July 29, 2016 12:20 p.m. | Portland

Portland Public Schools says five children and two adults tested high out of 628 recently returned samples. Health officials have said in the past that elevated lead tends to come from homes, not schools.

News | local | Education | Lead In The Water

Patching PPS Buildings Requires Fixes To Management

OPB | July 28, 2016 4:45 p.m.

When outside investigators looked into how Portland Public Schools botched the discovery of elevated lead, system problems became apparent. Fixing those issues is complicated.

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

Former PPS Managers Confirm Rampant Problems In Maintaining School Buildings

OPB | July 28, 2016 7:30 a.m. | Portland

A recent outside investigation found a lack of resources and proper procedures for maintaining Portland's schools. Former managers explain the uphill battle they faced.