Rob Manning

OPB Reporter/Producer

Rob Manning has been both a reporter and an on-air host at OPB. 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.

Marijuana use
4:53 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Alleged pot use on Ducks football team draws national attention

The University of Oregon’s athletics director is responding this morning to a story alleging widespread pot use among Ducks football players.

The article in “ESPN The Magazine” rehashes some familiar incidents – including the legal run-ins of former quarterbacks Jeremiah Masoli and Darron Thomas. It highlights safety Cliff Harris’ infamously saying “we smoked it all” to a police officer, when asked to hand over marijuana.

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oregon schools
9:00 am
Wed February 8, 2012

Oregon Audit Shows Unconstitutional Spending on Schools

Oregon's Secretary of State released an audit today (Tuesday) showing the Department of State Lands violated the constitution by spending money it shouldn't have from the Common School Fund. But as Rob Manning reports, paying back the money isn't expected to harm schools.

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Ecoterrorism documentary
4:10 pm
Tue January 24, 2012

Film on Earth Liberation Front up for Oscar, raises specter of UW arson and WTO

Thomas M. Hinckley, right, and an unidentified person at left, survey fire damage at the University of Washington's Center for Urban Horticulture in Seattle, in this May 23, 2001 file photo.
The Associated Press

A documentary on a cell of the radical environmental group that claimed responsibility for the arson that destroyed a University of Washington research facility in 2001 has been nominated for an Oscar.

The documentary’s exploration of the ideology and tactics involved in radical environmental actions and the law enforcement agencies determined to make arrests raises again the intense passions and dramatic consequences surrounding the arson at UW.

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Environment
12:57 pm
Fri January 20, 2012

Environmentalists challenge logging plans over threatened murrelet

Three environmental groups intend to take Oregon's Department of Forestry to court over the effect logging has on a threatened seabird.

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Environment
4:49 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

NW states released more toxics in 2010

Industrial facilities in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho released more toxic material in 2010 than the year before, according to the federal toxics inventory out today.

The three Northwest states had seen declines in toxic releases before 2010. But that year, the releases started to climb. Washington released 27 percent more than in 2009.

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Education
2:14 pm
Mon August 29, 2011

Test scores go up in Oregon - along with stakes for high school

Results from earlier this summer showed fewer Oregon students met federal benchmarks last year, than at any time since Congress passed the No Child Left Behind act.

Now, more detailed test results demonstrate what officials claimed at the time: that students were improving at Reading and Math – but that fewer students were passing because the required minimum score went up.

The new test results show double-digit gains on many measures, especially in high school.

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Environment
5:23 pm
Tue July 26, 2011

Feds revoke authority to kill sea lions

Federal officials revoked the permission today they had given to Oregon and Washington to trap and kill sea lions on the Columbia River. But Rob Manning reports it may be just a temporary move.

The Humane Society of the United States is battling the two states and the federal government in court over the propriety of killing sea lions to save salmon. Government officials say there are doubts about whether the latest federal authorization was given properly – because the states hadn't requested new authority.

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Renewable Energy
9:31 am
Thu May 19, 2011

BPA turns off NW wind turbines to make way for hydro power

Wind turbines along the Columbia River Gorge near Goldendale, WA., May 12. The BPA shut down many Northwest turbines this week. A cold, wet spring in the headwaters of the Columbia Basin is sending downstream one of the largest spring flows in years.
Rick Bowmer AP

Northwest dam operators turned wind turbines off on Tuesday – putting into practice, a policy established just last week.

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Renewable Energy
10:44 am
Wed May 11, 2011

Wind power headed for great expansion in Northwest

A wind farm in central Washington.
Alex Williams Picasa

The amount of wind power in the Northwest is likely to double – and perhaps triple– over the next 15 years. That's according to a new estimate delivered Tuesday.

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Bonneville Sea Lions
7:50 am
Wed November 24, 2010

Bonneville sea lions get reprieve from 9th circuit

Several seal lions sit in two traps on the Columbia River near Bonneville Dam shortly before the doors are closed, trapping them for removal.
Don Ryan AP Photo

State and federal agencies can’t go on killing sea lions at Bonneville Dam, after an appeals’ court decision Tuesday.

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