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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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2 Workers Die Dismantling Stage At Pickathon Site

Two workers were killed Thursday afternoon when a boom lift fell as they dismantled stages at the site of the Pickathon music festival in Happy Valley.

Nation | Education | local | Politics | Technology | News

To Chart Improvements At Chemawa, Oregon Congressional Reps Call For Map

With Google maps and satellite images a keystroke away for anyone with a computer, how hard can it be to provide a map of the Chemawa Indian School? Four congressional representatives had to write a letter for it.

Education | local | Politics | Business | Economy | News

Oregon's Business Tax Is Not Going To Voters — Here's What You Should Know

The main opponents of Oregon's recently created commercial activities tax decided not to put the bill on the January ballot, meaning it's going into effect. What is it?

Politics | Nation | Education | local | News

Oregon Reps See Signs Of Slow Progress At Troubled Chemawa Boarding School 

A three-year investigation by OPB, published in 2017, found numerous problems at the federally run boarding school. Oregon's U.S. representatives in Congress say they still see few signs of progress.

News | local

Portland Police Chief Responds To National Criticism Over Protest

Portland Police Chief Danielle Outlaw was the latest to weigh in on last Saturday's protest — joining a Texas senator and the son of President Trump in a controversy that's drawn national headlines.

Politics | News | local

Oregon Legislators Approve Damascus Disincorporation, But Is This The End?

The fate of a small Oregon city hangs in the balance, as part of a flurry of bills that flew through the Oregon Legislature late last month but await final approval by Gov. Kate Brown.

Nation | Education | local | News

Federal Report Finds Students Nationwide Restrained, Isolated Without Tracking

U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera-Beutler, R-Washington, called in the Government Accountability Office after hearing students were being restrained and isolated without the incidents being properly tracked. 

Politics | Education | local | News

Schrader Calls For BIE Director Replacement Over Chemawa Problems

Chemawa Indian School in Salem has faced mounting scrutiny from Oregon’s congressional delegation. Now, Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Oregon, wants Bureau of Indian Education Director Tony Dearman replaced.

Nation | Education | News

Desperation And Broken Trust When Schools Restrain Students Or Lock Them In Rooms

Restraint and seclusion are controversial practices in public schools. They are most often used on students with disabilities, and parents say they take an emotional toll.

Nation | local | Politics | Land | News | Environment

Federal Judge Blocks Grazing Permits To Oregon Family At Heart Of Malheur Occupation

U.S. Judge Michael H. Simon issued a temporary restraining order Tuesday, blocking the grazing permits issued to Dwight and Steven Hammond by former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

Politics | News | local

Oregon Legislators Consider Damascus: Mortally Wounded, Or Chance At Rebirth?

The fate of the city-or-not in Clackamas County fell to the Senate Rules Committee Monday, just as the Oregon Legislature heads into its final weeks before sine die.

Politics | News | local

Restraint Redefined In Oregon Bill To Improve Classroom Safety

Oregon lawmakers easily passed Senate Bill 963 on Wednesday, intended to clarify what teachers can and can’t do when it comes to restraining students.  

Health | Water | News | local

Myrtle Creek Officials Declare City Water OK To Drink

Officials in the city of Myrtle Creek, Oregon are giving the "all clear" to water that was likely compromised by a nearby fuel spill. 

NW Life | News | local | Politics

To Re-Dissolve Damascus, Clackamas County Looks To Salem

Clackamas County commissioners argue it's "not possible to restore the city to its pre-disincorporation state.” They're pressing legislators to step in. 

Politics | Election | Education | local | News

Oregon Voters Approve Taxes To Help Local Schools

With turnout dipping below 15% in some parts of the state, school administrators can be grateful that the folks who did cast ballots were supportive of increased funding for public education. 

Politics | Nation | Education | local | News

Congressional Hearing On Chemawa Lays Out Possible Fixes To 'Total Crisis'

"Total crisis" and "unconscionable" were among the words used to describe management of Oregon's Chemawa Indian School during a congressional hearing Thursday. 

Education | local | News

PSU President Rahmat Shoureshi Forced Out

Rahmat Shoureshi is stepping down as Portland State University president after 21 months at the helm and several months under intense scrutiny.

Politics | Business | Education | local | News

Proposed Tax For Oregon Schools Dodges Business Opposition, Heads To House Floor

A proposed billion-dollar business tax for Oregon schools took a big step forward Monday, passing out of a special legislative committee created over a year ago to craft this very legislation. 

Education | local | News

Supporters Of $1B Oregon Education Plan Bring Wish Lists To Hearing

Early childhood advocates, supporters of increased mental health resources, students calling for smaller class sizes all urged support for the billion dollar plan to support K-12 schools.

Politics | News | local

2 More Leaving In Ongoing Shakeup Under New Oregon Secretary Of State

Inclusion coordinator Larry Morgan and liaison to the State Board of Education Kim Sordyl are the latest to depart, the Secretary of State's office now led by Bev Clarno.