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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

News | Sports | local

Timbers On Verge Of MLS Cup Appearance

OPB | Nov. 28, 2015 midnight | Portland

The Timbers lead the two-game set with FC Dallas, thanks to a 3-1 home win. The two teams play again Sunday in Dallas. 

News | Education | local

Portland Middle Schools Have Graduation Edge

OPB | Nov. 20, 2015 4:46 p.m. | Portland

The graduation rate for Portland students who entered high school from a middle school is better than for students who came through K-8 schools. But the rates are virtually the same among low-income students.

News | Business | Pacific Ocean

Toxin Discoveries Delay Oregon Commercial Crab Season

OPB | Nov. 20, 2015 3:41 p.m. | Portland

Officials discovered domoic acid at elevated levels in three southern Oregon ports, but the commercial Dungeness crab season will be delayed for the whole coast. while testing continues. 

News | Education | local | Class Of 2025: Follow Students From First Grade To Graduation

Class Of 2025: Language Meets Third-Grade Math

OPB | Nov. 20, 2015 11:49 a.m. | Portland

The David Douglas School District has gotten national recognition for its approach to language instruction. That includes OPB's Class of 2025 main school, Earl Boyles Elementary.

News | Education | local

Portland Parents Deliver Mixed Reviews Of K-8 Schools

OPB | Nov. 19, 2015 4:26 p.m. | Portland

Support for K-8 schools often depends on enrollment and where there's additional funding.

News | Education | local

East Portland Immigrant Communities Question Equity Of School Proposals

OPB | Nov. 19, 2015 12:30 p.m. | Portland

At meetings geared toward Spanish speakers and Asian-Americans, Portland Public Schools heard concerns about equity, language programs, transportation and safety.

News | local

Metro Proposal Could Open First Area Trails To Mountain Biking

OPB | Nov. 17, 2015 5:51 p.m.

There could soon be miles of off-road cycling and hiking trails through the hills on Portland's northwest edge.

News | Education | local

Some West Portland Parents Embrace School Boundary Changes

OPB | Nov. 17, 2015 2:30 p.m. | Portland

Hundreds filled the gym at West Sylvan Middle School on Monday night to challenge multiple aspects of Portland Public Schools' proposals for schools west of the Willamette River.

News | Education | local

Teachers In Oregon Aren't Happy With State Exams

OPB | Nov. 16, 2015 2:45 p.m. | Portland

A survey of Oregon Education Association members raised concerns about lost instructional time, technology problems and test content that was over students' heads.

News | World | Nation | local

Wyden Criticizes ISIS Attacks In Paris

OPB | Nov. 14, 2015 12:37 p.m. | Milwaukie, Oregon

Oregon's senior senator, Ron Wyden, decried Friday's attacks in Paris at an appearance in Milwaukie Saturday. The Islamic State, or ISIS, has claimed responsibility.

News | Education

Portland's Proposed Return To Middle Schools Divides Parents

OPB | Nov. 14, 2015 9:21 a.m. | Portland

Southeast and North Portland parents resist middle school change; inner North and Northeast more open to it.

News | local

Metro Declines Urban Growth Boundary Expansion

OPB | Nov. 12, 2015 4:45 p.m.

Metro councilors voted unanimously Thursday to keep the region's urban growth boundary in place.

News | Education | local

Latino Parents, Others Defend Endangered Portland K-8s

OPB | Nov. 11, 2015 9:45 a.m. | Portland

Parents at Cesar Chavez and Lent schools pleaded to keep K-8 structures, sometimes criticizing current middle schools.

News | Education | local

Parents Voice First Concerns With Portland Schools Boundary Review

OPB | Nov. 10, 2015 6:58 p.m.

Hundreds of parents crowded a school cafeteria Monday to challenge the boundary and building changes suggested by Portland Public Schools.

News | Education

Study: Portland Immersion Students Become Better Readers, English Speakers

OPB | Nov. 6, 2015 12:59 p.m. | Portland

The study included about 27,000 students ranging in age from kindergarten to eighth grade.

News | local

Multnomah County To Study Seismic Improvements For Burnside Bridge

OPB | Nov. 5, 2015 2:17 p.m. | Portland

A $3 million feasibility study is the first step in a potentially $500 million project to prepare the Burnside Bridge for a major earthquake.

Environment | Pacific Ocean | local

California Delays Crab Season, NW Continues Testing

OPB | Nov. 5, 2015 1:30 p.m. | Portland

California's discovery of a toxin has delayed opening of recreational crabbing. Commercial crabbing could be affected, too. No decisions yet for Oregon or Washington, due to open Dec. 1.

News | Education | local

Breaking Ground On A New Kind Of Middle School

OPB | Nov. 4, 2015 5:08 p.m. | Gresham, Oregon

Open School East expects to expand from 76 students in one hallway of an elementary school, to a 270-student program at a 22,000-square-foot building in Gresham.

News | Education | local

Beaverton Proposes Boundary Change To Accommodate New High School

OPB | Oct. 30, 2015 6:06 p.m. | Portland

Beaverton's changes would take effect in 2017 and affect only high schools — all to make room for the new South Cooper Mountain High.

Portland Public Schools Could Shift Thousands Of Students

OPB | Oct. 30, 2015 12:45 a.m. | Portland

Thursday night, Portland Public Schools unveiled competing proposals to relieve overcrowding at some schools and increase enrollment at others.