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Rob Manning


Rob Manning has been a news reporter at OPB since 2003, after briefly serving as host of OPB’s Morning Edition in the summer of 2002. Before coming to OPB, Rob contributed freelance print stories to Planning Magazine and Willamette Week, and worked as a reporter and producer for Free Speech Radio News. Rob covers education, the environment, and local government at OPB. Rob was part of the reporting teams that won a 2009 Peabody Award (“Hard Times”) and a Harry Chapin Media Award in 2004 (“The Hunger Series”). Rob won two investigative reporting awards in 2007, and has received multiple honors for his education series Learning With Less. Rob graduated from Pomona College with a concentration in anthropology and music. He learned radio at KBOO.

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Recent Articles

News | local | Education | Arts

Portland Arts Tax Fails To Deliver On Some Ballot Promises

OPB | July 28, 2015 midnight | Portland

The Portland arts tax's biggest problem is simple: Not enough people are paying the $35.

Politics | Nation | News | local

Carter Praises Iran Deal During Portland Appearance

OPB | July 27, 2015 5:45 p.m. | Portland

"I believe it's good for Iran, good for the United States, good for the world. Good for Israel," said President Jimmy Carter.

News | local

$1,000 Rent Increase Notice Rescinded After Online Outrage

OPB | July 24, 2015 3:16 p.m. | Portland

Low-income renters were shocked Friday to receive a notice saying their rent would more than double.   

Politics | News | Education | local

Community College Funding Up, Possible Formula Changes Coming

OPB | July 24, 2015 12:45 p.m. | Portland

Oregon's community colleges are seeing double-digit funding increases for the upcoming school year.

News | Education | local

Thousands To Benefit From Oregon Free Community College Bill

OPB | July 17, 2015 3:04 p.m. | Portland

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed the bill Friday, limiting college tuition to $50 per term — a big discount from the $1,500 cost of attending full-time.

Politics | News | Education | local

Senators Help Pass 'No Child Left Behind' Overhaul

OPB | July 16, 2015 2:33 p.m. | PORTLAND, Ore.

Oregon and Washington senators helped pass a potential re-write of No Child Left Behind law Thursday. The Every Child Achieves bill passed the Senate 81-17. 

Sports | News | local

Blazers Shift Younger In Wake Of Aldridge Departure

OPB | July 9, 2015 6:30 p.m. | Portland

Portland Trail Blazers officials Thursday committed to a youth movement for the team, which is a contrast to recent years, when the team focused on experienced players to reach the NBA Playoffs.

Politics | News | Nation | Education | local

Wyden Tosses Amendment Into 'No Child Left Behind' Debate

OPB | July 9, 2015 5:45 p.m. | Portland

A day after the U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed a re-write of the "No Child Left Behind" law, senators debated their own bill Thursday.

News | Education | local

Oregon Schools Show Modest Progress In Teacher Diversity

OPB | July 9, 2015 5:45 p.m. | Portland

Oregon has increased the diversity of its teaching ranks in recent years, but not as quickly as the student body is diversifying, according to a new report.

Politics | News | Education | local

Oregon To Give Public Universities More Money Next Year

OPB | July 7, 2015 5:15 p.m. | Portland

Oregon's university presidents are cheering the higher education budget that legislators approved this week. It's a 28 percent boost.  

News | Education | local

Washington Students Outperform Oregon Counterparts

OPB | July 2, 2015 6:03 p.m. | Portland

Washington students outperformed Oregon's on most of the recent Smarter Balanced exams. In both states, students did better in English than math.

News | Education | local

Former Employee: Education District Handled Discrimination Claims 'So Freaking Poorly'

OPB | July 1, 2015 5:40 p.m.

The Multnomah Education Service District discriminated against Oregon's 2014 Teacher of the Year — and retaliated against him when he complained, according to state investigators.

LaMarcus Aldridge: Will He Stay Or Will He Go?

OPB | June 30, 2015 4:19 p.m. | Portland

Three reasons he might stay... and three reasons he could leave.

News | Education | local | Class Of 2025

Class Of 2025: A Photo Finish To Second Grade

OPB | June 27, 2015 6 a.m. | Portland

OPB's Class of 2025 finished second grade earlier this month. OPB caught up with many of the students during Field Day at Earl Boyles Elementary School, and did end-of-year photos of each of the 29 participating kids.

News | Education | local

Multnomah ESD Parts With Superintendent, 2014 Teacher Of Year

OPB | June 26, 2015 4:30 p.m. | Portland

The Portland-area education agency Thursday accepted the superintendent's resignation and signed a settlement with Oregon's 2014 Teacher of the Year.

Sports | News | local

Blazers Dispute Reports of Aldridge's Plans

OPB | June 26, 2015 11:58 a.m. | Portland

Portland Trail Blazers General Manager Neil Olshey said that All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge had not told anyone with the team that he intended to leave for another NBA team.

Health | News | Education | local

Summer Meal Programs Struggle To Meet Demand

OPB | June 25, 2015 1:23 p.m. | Portland

Over the last six years, the summer lunch program grew from serving 1.6 million lunches to more than 2 million. But according to state data, the expansion barely kept up with the pace of hunger among Oregon's children.

Sports | News | local

Trail Blazers' Batum Heads To Charlotte Hornets

OPB | June 24, 2015 5:30 p.m. | Portland

The Portland Trail Blazers are trading Nicolas Batum to Charlotte for two players.

Politics | News | Education | local

Gov. Brown Signs Opt-Out Bill Despite Objections From Feds

OPB | June 23, 2015 9:15 a.m. | Portland

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed a bill Tuesday, allowing parents to more easily opt out of state testing under the Common Core curriculum.

Politics | News | local

Oregon Lawmakers Open Door For Damascus To Disincorporate

OPB | June 22, 2015 4:59 p.m. | Portland

Damascus, Oregon could cease to be a city a year from now after bills cleared the Legislature on Monday.