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Rob Manning


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.

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Oregon Closes Schools, But Prioritizes Child Care In Coronavirus Changes

While the ongoing novel coronavirus outbreak has repeatedly led Gov. Kate Brown to restrict sectors of Oregon’s economy, she has done the opposite for child care facilities.

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Oregon Extends Coronavirus-Related School Closures Until April 28

Oregon schools will remain closed through April 28 under an executive order Gov. Kate Brown announced late Tuesday.

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FAQ For Parents Grappling With Kids Homebound By Coronavirus

The rapidly-moving coronavirus has closed schools across Oregon. Parents, what questions do you have?

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Oregon Lawmakers Approve $5 Million For Coronavirus Response

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has declared a state of emergency over the novel coronavirus.

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Oregon Health Officials Confirm First Case Of Novel Coronavirus

The Oregon Health Authority announced a press conference late Friday afternoon to share information on the state's first "presumed confirmed case" of novel coronavirus.

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'Bus Stops Should Be Safe': Oregon Department Of Education Pushes Back On ICE Actions

Oregon Department of Education Director Colt Gill called a recent arrest "unsafe" and "clearly traumatic" in a message aimed at helping school districts respond to federal immigration authorities.

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Oregon's Ionescu Honors Kobe And Gianna Bryant At Los Angeles Memorial

“Someone grabbed [Gianna's] jersey and she sort of just knocked them down and stepped right over them,” Ionescu said. “[Kobe] goes, 'I don’t know where she learned that from.'"

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Concordia: Behind The Closure Of Oregon's Largest Private University

Questions about the school’s financial problems, driven by lagging enrollment, had been downplayed by Concordia officials, until Feb. 10, when they announced the university was closing.

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Newly Released Report Sheds Light On Former West Linn Police Chief

A 100-page investigative report from 12 years ago shows questionable conduct by West Linn's former police chief long before he was implicated in the baseless arrest of a black Portland man in 2017.

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Oregon US Attorney Opens Investigation Into West Linn, Portland Police

The U.S. attorney for Oregon, Billy Williams, confirmed late Wednesday that his office looking into the the surveillance and arrest of a black Portland man in 2017.

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Portland's Concordia University To Close In Spring

School leaders say dropping enrollment created an insurmountable financial crisis.

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Top 10 Women's Basketball Clash Comes To 2 Oregon Campuses

The University of Oregon is ranked No. 4, with a record of 15-2. Oregon State University is right on its heels at No. 7. The rivals are playing a double-header this weekend.

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Catlin Gabel Sexual Misconduct Allegations Now A Law Enforcement Investigation

Allegations of sexual misconduct spanning decades are now the focus of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. That follows allegations against Catlin Gabel School in an outside investigator's report. 

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Washington County Continues Searching North Plains For Missing Woman

Allyson Watterson has been missing since Sunday in an area near the small city of North Plains, Oregon. The latest information suggests she wasn't hiking, but had car trouble with her boyfriend.

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Portland Grade School Principal Removed, But Not Fired, After Student Ate Cocaine

Principal Diana Kruger was pulled from Arleta K-8 in November after a third grader was pressured to eat crack cocaine by an older student. Portland Public Schools said Friday she's not returning, but still has a job.

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Investigation Alleges Decades Of Sexual Misconduct By Teachers At Catlin Gabel School 

A yearlong investigation released Wednesday has found 21 former employees at Catlin Gabel have been accused of sexual impropriety, ranging from abuse to boundary crossing.

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'Nation's Report Card' Show Declines In Oregon, Washington And Nationally

Student test scores fell in Oregon and Washington on the assessment known as the “Nation’s Report Card,” a trend that mirrors national declines over the last two years.

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Oregon Colleges Forced To Adjust As Student Priorities Expand

As the number of prospective college students declines, colleges like Concordia University find those young people are even more choosy than they used to be. 

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Linfield College Faces Division, Debate As Leaders Attempt To Defy Enrollment Trends

Linfield College had been shrinking for years. This year, enrollment is up. But leaders and faculty may not see eye-to-eye on where growth may take the college.  

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The American West's Oldest University Struggles To Find A Future

Oregon's oldest university is struggling with a problem facing many smaller private colleges: A drop in enrollment means tough choices.