Reporter and Producer
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.
Nonprofit Self-Enhancement Inc. intends to close its highly-praised charter middle school after the upcoming school year.
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 WaterOPB | 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 | Education | local | Election 2016OPB | June 20, 2016 2:47 p.m. | Portland
Initiative Petition 65 aims to raise Oregon's high school graduation rate without raising taxes.
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.
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.
State and county officials say the 341 found ballots didn’t change the outcome of any races.
The chair of the Springfield school board hopes his group’s vote in opposition to standardized testing will spark broader change.
Students argue Portland State University could afford to pay its workers more if it reined in administrator pay.
Don Grotting will become Oregon's highest paid superintendent under his three-year contract with the Beaverton School District.
Superintendent Carole Smith is not a main character in the 900 pages of emails. But the senior manager she put on leave is.
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.
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 WaterOPB | 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 | localOPB | 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.
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 WaterOPB | 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.