Michael Leighton is the Editor of The Portland Observer.
He is a longtime journalist who has worked as a web editor, TV news producer, newspaper reporter and radio news anchor. He graduated from John Adams High School and St. Charles Elementary in northeast Portland and earned his degree in communications from Pacific University in Forest Grove.
October exhibit comes from 10 local artists
Mixed media exhibit celebrating Portland’s African Diaspora will be on view during October at the Multnomah Arts Center
Economic forces transforming historic black neighborhood
A clear sign of the economic forces and gentrification changing the characteristics of historic black neighborhoods in inner north and northeast Portland.
Community outreach tackles housing crisis
Fighting displacement by helping low income and struggling homeowners stay housed
Smoke, flames damage nearby homes, businesses
A thick column of smoke bellowed throughout the area and could be seen for miles
Black leaders cleared after trial
The founder and former chief executive officer of Portland’s Black Parent Initiative expressed his gratitude Friday after a judge found him and his co-defendant not guilty of sexual assault after a two week trial
Retired cop addresses racial divide in new book
A retired black cop and a white criminal defense attorney, both from Portland, recount how their combustible relationship was transformed into a lasting friendship in ‘Unlikely Brotherhood,’ a new book that address the cultural divide between white and black America.
Progressive candidates and causes do well at the ballot box
Results from Tuesday’s November General Election in Oregon brought big wins for progressive causes and candidates
Words matter for player, parent and coach
When a racist word was inserted into a children’s counting game by the adult coach mentoring his son, the Sunset High School parent wanted the school principal to do something about it. Now almost a year and a half after bringing the incident to the attention of school staff, the parent is getting an apology and a commitment that it won’t happen again.
Blazers owner had loyalty to team and the city
Paul Allen, the longtime-owner of the Portland Trail Blazers who was passionately involved in the team’s operations, died Monday from complications from non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
Dr. Mildred Ollee remembered
Dr. Mildred Ollee oversaw the build out of a comprehensive Cascade campus during her eight years serving Portland Community College.