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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

local | Teachers | News | Education

Portland School Board Delays Bond Measure

OPB | July 26, 2016 9:40 a.m. | Portland

Board members point to the absence of district leadership, remaining questions about what the bond should include and the crowded fall ballot as reasons to postpone the PPS bond until May 2017.

local | News | Education | Lead In The Water

Portland School Board Faces Daunting Task Of Quickly Replacing Carole Smith

OPB | July 21, 2016 5:16 p.m. | Portland

Portland school board members face divided opinions and a tight timeline to hire an interim superintendent.

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

Portland Schools Moving Quickly To Fill Administrative Vacancies

OPB | July 20, 2016 2:21 p.m. | Portland

Carole Smith announced she was stepping down as Portland Public Schools superintendent Monday. School board members will start discussing next steps at a meeting tonight. 

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

Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith Retires

OPB | July 18, 2016 11:21 a.m.

Smith previously announced plans to retire at the end of the 2017 school year.

Business | local | Economy | News | Education | Parents | Family

As Portland's Migrant Population Leaves, Summer School Program Shrinks

OPB | July 13, 2016 7:15 a.m. | Portland

Portland Public Schools administrators say the program for migrants is shrinking amid changing demographics, rising housing costs — and the improved circumstances of some families.

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

Officials: 2 Lead-Poisoned Portland Children Were Exposed At Home

OPB | July 12, 2016 3 p.m. | Portland

Multnomah County has concluded two things: the kids were exposed to lead at home and drinking water was not the cause.  

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

Oregon Schools' Summer Guests: Lead Contractors

OPB | July 12, 2016 6 a.m. | Beaverton, Oregon

Hundreds of schools in the Northwest are getting tested for lead in drinking water this summer.

local | News | Lead In The Water

Lead Tests Show Pervasive Problem At Historically Black High School In Portland

OPB | July 11, 2016 4:15 p.m. | Portland

Jefferson High School tops the list of Portland schools showing elevated lead levels in the latest round of published results.

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

11 More Portland Schools Show High Lead Levels

OPB | July 7, 2016 5:09 p.m. | Portland

Portland Public Schools has published results for 11 school buildings tested for lead since the end of the school year. All had elevated lead in at least some fixtures.

Health | local | News | Lead In The Water

2 Oregon Universities Find Elevated Lead Levels In Campus Water

OPB | July 7, 2016 3:30 p.m. | Portland

Portland State and Oregon State universities have found elevated lead levels in water on campus.

local | Communities | News | Education

PPS Board Member Says Funding Changes Would Fix Civil Rights Issue

OPB | July 6, 2016 2:26 p.m. | Portland

Paul Anthony says Portland Public Schools is discriminating against children of color by not offering the same courses at schools where they attend in higher numbers.

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

PPS Considers Big Ask For Voters: $750 Million

OPB | July 5, 2016 4:25 p.m. | Portland

The $750 million bond measure would be the biggest in Oregon history, eclipsing the bond Beaverton voters approved in 2014 for $680 million.

local | News

9th Circuit To Hear 'Christmas Tree Bomber' Appeal Wednesday

OPB | July 5, 2016 1:26 p.m. | Portland

Mohamed Mohamud is appealing a long prison sentence he's serving for attempting to bomb a November 2010 tree-lighting ceremony in Portland.

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

Outdoor School Initiative Could Make 3 Education Measures On Oregon Fall Ballot

OPB | June 30, 2016 6:30 p.m. | Portland

Supporters of the Outdoor School For All campaign submitted more than 120,000 signatures to the Oregon Secretary of State on Thursday.

local | News | Politics

Court Ruling Likely The Final Word On Damascus' Future

OPB | June 30, 2016 6 p.m. | Portland

A Clackamas County Circuit Court judge has upheld an election result from May, affirming that Damascus will disincorporate over the next few weeks.

local | News | Education

These Portland Schools Have Asbestos Problems

OPB | June 30, 2016 12:15 p.m. | Portland

Documents released by Portland Public Schools show significant needs at high schools and widespread asbestos and lead paint problems. 

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

Portland School Leaders Discussed 'Major' Lead Problems A Month Before Alerting Parents

OPB | June 29, 2016 3:48 p.m. | Portland

A month before acknowledging problems at two schools, Portland school officials estimated it would cost $7 million to fix lead problems at 15 schools.

local | Politics | News | Education | Election 2016

3 Things To Know About Oregon's High School Funding Initiative

OPB | June 28, 2016 12:05 p.m. | Portland

Initiative Petition 65 would dedicate state money to dropout prevention, college credit courses and career-technical programs.

local | News | Education

Portland's Only Charter Middle School Set To Close

OPB | June 27, 2016 6:45 p.m. | Portland

Nonprofit Self-Enhancement Inc. intends to close its highly-praised charter middle school after the upcoming school year.

News | Education | Lead In The Water

Health Risks In PPS Buildings Could Cost $400 Million To Repair

OPB | June 22, 2016 7:42 a.m.

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.