Rob Manning is a news editor at Oregon Public Broadcasting, with oversight of reporters covering education, healthcare and business. Rob became an editor in 2019, following about 15 years covering schools and universities in Oregon and southwest Washington as OPB’s education reporter.
Rob was part of an OPB team that won a Peabody Award in 2009 for “Hard Times,” which examined the regional effects of the Great Recession. More recently, Rob has earned multiple honors for leading OPB’s long-term project, “Class Of 2025.” Rob’s reporting in 2017 with OPB’s Tony Schick on problems at Chemawa Indian School, a federal boarding school in Salem, Oregon, for Native American students, has led to congressional inquiries and hearings.
Lawmakers weigh Kotek plan for more state authority over school districts; skeptics call it ‘seismic shift’
Senate Bill 1045 would allow the Oregon Department of Education to withhold state funding, or direct how money is spent, in districts that ran afoul of state regulations.
Clackamas County rejects ‘Project Turnkey’ housing project a month after approving it
County chair Tootie Smith changed her vote Wednesday, effectively blocking the project she helped approve in February.
Reading debate highlights broader battle over who controls what’s taught in Oregon public schools
The West Linn-Wilsonville School District is updating its reading curriculum at the same time lawmakers are looking to enact new state literacy guidance.
Portland schools digging out after snowfall leads to transportation delays, canceled classes and criticism
Students and employees in schools and colleges throughout the Portland region faced difficulties getting home after Wednesday's snow rolled in. And many school closures are continuing into Friday.
Two Portland Walmarts to close, eliminating 580 jobs
The global retailer is closing its Delta Park and Southeast 82nd Avenue Locations, according to a public notice.
Portland school leaders apologize for ‘not alerting’ entire district of violent, racist attack at middle school
Portland Public Schools Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero and school board members issued a statement late Friday afternoon, several weeks after racist assault at West Sylvan Middle School.
Multnomah County, Metro back off penalties for thousands of taxpayers adjusting to new income measures
The local governments are asking taxpayers to pay what they owe for the homeless services and preschool measures — but not to worry about interest or fines.
Trail Blazers active at NBA trade deadline, exchange Hart, Payton II for 3 forwards
The Portland Trail Blazers worked deals with five different teams involving more than a half dozen players.
Paid Leave Oregon adds functions, languages in launching updated website
The state's new paid leave program is collecting contributions. Workers can start using the benefits in September.
After more than 100 years, Gunderson train plant in Portland poised to close this spring
The Greenbrier Companies, which own Gunderson, announced the plant closure in a filing with Oregon officials.