Rob Manning

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.

6:53 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Oregon Teachers To Face Exit Exams In Years To Come

Saroja Barnes with the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education gives a presentation at a recent gathering of Oregon education leaders and teaching professors
Credit Rob Manning / OPB News

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.

The National Council on Teacher Quality recently blasted teacher preparation programs across the country - including those in Oregon.

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School Shooting
7:27 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Reynolds Community Mourns, But Grateful For Actions That 'Saved Lives'

Two Reynolds High School students embrace before a vigil at the Portland Greater Baptist Church following a deadly shooting at their school.
Credit Amanda Preacher / OPB News

A shooting incident at Oregon’s second largest high school Tuesday left two young people dead - a teenaged victim, and the shooter. Police have identified a 14-year-old freshman at Reynolds High School - Emilio Hoffman - as the victim.

Authorities say they have tentatively identified the shooter, but they weren’t confident enough to publicize details late Tuesday.  A teacher also sustained injuries that did not threaten his life.

When students first heard the shots at the Reynolds High School gymnasium, they thought they were firecrackers.

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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



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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