Rob Manning

Reporter/Producer, Oregon Public Broadcasting

Rob Manning has been both a reporter and an on-air host at Oregon Public Broadcasting. Before that, he filled both roles with local community station KBOO and nationally with Free Speech Radio News. He's also published freelance print stories with Portland's alternative weekly newspaper Willamette Week and Planning Magazine. In 2007, Rob received two awards for investigative reporting from the Associated Press and Society of Professional Journalists, and he was part of the award-winning team responsible for OPB's "Hunger Series." His current beats range from education to the environment, sports to land-use planning, politics to housing.

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Teacher Tests
7:37 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Oregon Teachers To Face Exit Exams In Years To Come

A form for a standardized test.
Credit biologycorner / Flickr

This summer in Oregon, education leaders brought together teaching professors and school officials to improve teacher training. The June institute followed a national report, critical of training programs. And new teachers will soon be asked to pass a new standardized test. Think of it as a Common Core for teachers in training. Rob Manning has more.

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Student Testing
7:11 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Schools Grapple With Linking Student Test Scores To Teacher Evaluations

Jan LeBlanc, a teacher at Cherry Park Elementary, helps one of her students.
Credit Michael Clapp / OPB

It's summer vacation for students - and teachers - across the country. Administrators often use the summer to take a bigger look at how schools are doing, and that can mean a critical look at teachers. Oregon Public Broadcasting's Rob Manning looks at evaluations for current teachers - and the role of student test scores in those evaluations.

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Around the Nation
11:55 am
Fri November 29, 2013

From Shop Class To Shipyard: Oregon's Plan For Industrial Interns

Originally published on Fri November 29, 2013 3:49 pm

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ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:

President Obama often talks about making sure American students graduate high school ready for college. But one program in Oregon is reaching out to the shop class crowd of students who would rather learn a paying trade right away than stay in a classroom. Manufacturers there are using a new internship program to recruit and train teenagers straight out of high school to be machinists, welders and painters. Oregon Public Broadcasting's Rob Manning reports.

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Food Waste Power Plant
4:36 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Oregon Celebrates Power Plant Run On Commercial Food Waste

The new power plant in Junction City turns food waste into electricity.
Credit bluebike / Flickr

Oregon's first utility-scale facility to turn commercial food waste to electricity is up and running in Junction City.

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Oregon Education Funding
5:38 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Education Leaders See Potential For "Adequate" School Funding, But Cuts Possible, Too

The latest state budget plans released Monday in Salem are drawing mixed reviews from the education community.

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Algerian Hostage Standoff
4:11 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Oregon Man Among Americans Dead In Algerian Hostage Standoff

The In Amenas gas facility in Algeria.
Credit Oregon Public Broadcasting

An Oregonian is among the three Americans who died after militants took over a natural gas plant in Algeria, according to federal officials.

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BPA Agreement
6:12 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

BPA Deal With Alcoa Promises Job Security, Utility Savings

Hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in utility savings are the big benefits of a new power agreement announced Friday in Northwest Washington.

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Improving Preschool
5:08 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Oregon Wins $20 Million In Federal Early Learning Funds

The federal money will help train preschool teachers and will set up a voluntary grading system for preschools.
Credit U.S. Department of Education website

Oregon learned Thursday it’s getting more than $20 million from the federal government to improve preschool education.

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BPA Chief To Retire
3:55 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Wright To Retire From BPA

The Grand Coulee Dam, one of the Bonneville Power Administration’s federal hydro projects.
U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

The Bonneville Power Administration’s long-serving chief is stepping down. Steve Wright was the acting BPA administrator in 2000, when the western U.S. was struggling with an energy crisis. He served as permanent head for a decade and now says he’s retiring in January.

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AG To Reed College
4:09 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Oregon Ag To Leave Office For Reed College Post

Oregon Attorney General John Kroger will leave his post in July
Photo courtesy Oregon DOJ

Oregon Attorney General John Kroger has been selected as the next president of Reed College. That means the Democrat will step down early from running the Department of Justice.

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