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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 Universities Wrestle With ICE Order Threatening To Force Out International Students

International students pursuing degrees in the U.S. may have to leave the country if their universities switch to online-only courses this fall.

Oregon Convention Center Hotel, Portland Trail Blazers Announce Layoffs

The hotel near the Oregon Convention Center that took years to plan, and millions in taxpayer support to build. It's the latest casualty of the economic downturn from the coronavirus pandemic.

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Oregon Audit: Children With Disabilities Not Getting Needed Services

The bottom line from the 21-page audit was straightforward: “Children experiencing disabilities are not consistently receiving the access to services and supports they are entitled to and need.” 

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Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis Resigns, Says City Must 'Make Way For New Leaders'

The mayor of Oregon's fifth-largest city has announced he's resigning, effective Wednesday.

Thomas Jefferson Statue Pulled Down At Portland's Jefferson High

The words "slave owner" and "George Floyd" were spray-painted on the white marble beneath where the Jefferson statue had stood.

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Oregon Stops COVID Reopenings: Tight Rules Remain In Multnomah County

After approving 31 Oregon counties for Phase 1 reopening four weeks ago, and then allowing 26 of those to open further to Phase 2, last week, Gov. Kate Brown is slamming the brakes on further relaxing of rules she put in place to stem the spread of COVID-19.

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Harry Glickman, Founder Of Portland Trail Blazers, Dies At 96

Harry Glickman has died. The founder of the Portland Trail Blazers was 96. 

Don't Shoot PDX Sues Portland Over Police Use Of Tear Gas

The suit is filed on behalf of two protesters and the advocacy group Don’t Shoot Portland. Mayor Wheeler is planning a 30-day ban "except limited circumstances."

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'Right To Survive In This Country': Massive Protests Gripped Portland Wednesday

Night after night, protesters have rallied in downtown Portland against police violence, along with similar demonstrations across the country. They're on the move Wednesday night again.

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Some Oregon Counties Could Enter Reopening Phase 2 As Soon As Friday

State officials have said the first 31 Oregon counties to move into Phase 1 are eligible for the next milestone —  Phase 2 — as soon as Friday, June 5. 

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Pandemic Reveals Oregon's Major Child Care Problem

As counties across Oregon reopen and look to workers to return, they may find that working parents can't find care for their children. 

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38 Test Positive For COVID-19 At Vancouver Fruit Processor

At least 38 people have tested positive for COVID-19 as part of an outbreak at a Vancouver fruit company, an official with Clark County Public Health confirmed Friday night.

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Tootie Smith Poised To Unseat Jim Bernard As Clackamas County Chair

For the second time in four years, Clackamas County is voting out its incumbent county chair and replacing him with a rival from the opposite end of the political spectrum. 

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Oregon Releases Final Guidance On Child Care Facilities Reopening Under Coronavirus

The new guidance for child care centers are similar to the "emergency" rules that providers have been regulated by. But there are some differences.

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Pickathon Cancels 2020 Festival Due To Coronavirus Pandemic

The music and arts festival in Happy Valley said it can’t safely go on, as scheduled in late July, citing the latest guidance from Gov. Kate Brown, in their decision. 

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Eastern Oregon Church Leads Suit Over Gov. Kate Brown Stay-Home Executive Orders

A number of churches, including Elkhorn Baptist in Baker City, argue Brown's executive orders are invalid on “constitutional procedural grounds.”

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Oregon Attempts To Balance Business, Health Priorities In Protecting Child Care

As Oregon balances the demands of a deadly virus and a deteriorating economy, Oregon’s overstretched child care system is caught in the middle.

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Portland Timbers May Start Limited Practices This Week

Major League Soccer took its first tentative step toward restarting its season Friday, with an announcement that teams would be allowed to hold workouts for individual players, starting this week. 

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Oregon’s Already Fragile Childcare System Faces Uncertain Future

In Oregon, 1,700 of the state’s roughly 4,000 licensed child care centers are shut, with preschool teachers and daycare staff losing their jobs.

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Northwest Parents: How Are You Liking Distance Learning?

It's been more than a week since Oregon officially flipped the switch to "Distance Learning," drafting parents into service as tutors and technical support staff. So we want to know: How's it going?