Reporter and Producer

Rob Manning

Rob Manning is a reporter and producer at Oregon Public Broadcasting. He covers education and local government.

Rob has been at OPB since 2002. He contributed to the 2009 Peabody Award winning “Hard Times” project and has earned multiple honors for the long-term education reporting effort, “Class of 2025.” 

Rob is part of National Public Radio’s education reporting partnership with member stations. In that capacity, Rob contributed stories in 2015 and 2016, on NPR projects related to graduation rates and school funding.   

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Recent Articles

News | Politics | Education | local

Fewer Teachers, Larger Classes: Oregon Schools Itemize Budget Cuts

OPB | March 23, 2017 11:38 a.m. | Portland

School districts across Oregon are warning of potentially deep budget cuts, if legislators don’t find additional money for public schools.

Economy | News | Environment | NW Life

Washington Supreme Court Upholds Oil Terminal Process

OPB | March 16, 2017 6:15 p.m. | Portland

The Washington Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Port of Vancouver and Tesoro-Savage, and against environmental groups.

News | History | Nation | local

Oregon School Districts Work To Keep Native American Mascots Through Tribal Agreements

OPB | March 16, 2017 12:45 p.m. | Portland

At least seven Oregon school districts are working to keep their Native American mascots by getting the support of local tribes.

News | Education | local

Poll Shows Support For Potential Oregon Business Tax Hike

OPB | March 13, 2017 2:45 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

The Oregon School Boards Association published poll results showing potential support for another corporate tax hike.

News | Election | Education | local

PPS Chair Says He Won't Seek Re-election After Single Term

OPB | March 13, 2017 8 a.m. | Portland

Tom Koehler announced his decision to leave after one term in a statement Monday.  

News | Education | local

Longest-Serving PPS Board Member Won't Seek Re-election

OPB | March 9, 2017 9:26 p.m. | Portland

Pam Knowles has decided to leave office after her second term, adding to the turnover in Oregon's largest school district.

News | local

Portland's Mayor Signals Interest In Toll Roads

OPB | March 9, 2017 6:15 p.m.

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said Oregon officials don't have the "luxury" to not consider charging tolls as a way to pay for roads.

News | Sports | local

Former Portland Trail Blazer Cliff Robinson Hospitalized

OPB | March 8, 2017 3:42 p.m. | Portland

The family's brief statement did not detail what medical issue the 50-year-old is facing. The family has requested privacy.

News | Environment | local

Sea Lions Continue Salmon Feast At Bonneville Dam

OPB | March 7, 2017 6:29 p.m. | Portland

California and Steller sea lions took a bigger bite of the 2016 salmon run than they did in any previous year that federal officials have observed.

News | Nation | local

Portland Jewish Center Receives Bomb Threat

OPB | March 7, 2017 11:48 a.m. | Portland

There was no bomb at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center. Law enforcement is investigating if the threat is related to similar incidents in other cities.

News | Education | local

Portland School Board Favors Rising Education Star For Superintendent Job

OPB | March 3, 2017 8:30 a.m.

The Portland school board announced Donyall Dickey, an Atlanta schools executive, as its preferred choice Friday to be the district's next superintendent.

News | Politics | Nation | local

Oregon Democrats Call On Jeff Sessions To Resign Amid Russia Allegations

OPB | March 2, 2017 11:08 a.m.

Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, and Reps. Suzanne Bonamici, Earl Blumenauer and Kurt Schrader, join the pressure on Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

News | Education | local

PPS Taps Brakes On Superintendent Hiring Timeline

OPB | Feb. 24, 2017 3:21 p.m. | Portland

Portland school board members couldn't choose a superintendent finalist Friday as they had hoped. But they expect to announce one next week.

News | Education | local

PPS Board Closes In On New Superintendent

OPB | Feb. 23, 2017 4 p.m. | Portland

The Portland school board may agree Friday on its preferred superintendent. The public probably won't know who it is until next week. 

News | Politics | Education | local

Federal Order On Transgender Student Protections Unlikely To Affect Oregon Students

OPB | Feb. 22, 2017 12:59 p.m. | Portland

Analysts of education law in Oregon suggest federal changes to transgender policy are unlikely to change guidelines here.

News | local

Protesters March Through Portland To Honor Slain Teen Quanice Hayes

OPB | Feb. 16, 2017 10:16 p.m. | Portland

At least 200 people marched through downtown Portland on Thursday evening to protest the police shooting of a black teenager last week.

News | Education | local

Absences Abound As 'Day Without Immigrants' Hits Oregon Classrooms

OPB | Feb. 16, 2017 1:39 p.m. | Portland

Schools from Portland to Salem, Clackamas County to Hillsboro are noticing the same thing: many students stayed home on 'Day Without Immigrants.'

News | Politics | Nation | local

'We Beat You': Northwest Leaders Cheer Court Ruling On Travel Ban

OPB | Feb. 9, 2017 5:26 p.m. | Portland

“I just saw a tweet from the president,” Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said. “He said ‘see you in court.’ Well, Mr. President, we just saw you in court and we beat you."

Oregon Kindergarten Assessment Points To Persistent Achievement Gaps

OPB | Feb. 9, 2017 3:08 p.m. | Portland

Oregon’s achievement gap between white students and children of color shows up in kindergarten, according to scores out today Thursday. But some of those gaps change over time.

News | Education | local

PPS Relies On Consultant To Keep Superintendent Search Private

OPB | Feb. 7, 2017 10:59 a.m. | Portland

An email from Portland Public Schools said a stakeholder advisory committee will give its advice to a consultant as a way to keep candidates' identities private.

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