Michael Leighton


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.

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‘Safe Moms, Safe Babies’ Help Arrives

Baby supplies go to families impacted by COVID-19

Four northeast Portland organizations have received donations of over 2,000 diapers and other baby supplies for distribution to families impacted by COVID-19, the recent wildfires and other economic hardships.

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Mapps Beats Eudaly; Wheeler Re-elected

In Gresham, first Black mayor wins

Mingus Mapps captured a seat on the Portland City Council in Tuesday’s General Election, which will make him the third person of color, a new majority on the five-member panel, when he takes office in January.

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Voters Say ‘Yes’ to Jefferson Rebuild

Measure also includes a new Center for Black Student Excellence

Jefferson High School, home for generations of families from Portland’s African American community, will get a complete renovation, and schools surrounding Jefferson will start a process to open a new Center for Black Student Excellence, as part of a construction bond that was passed by voters in Tuesday’s General Election.

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Lost by Fraud and Deceit

Family fights to win back their historic home

An African American family with indigenous roots is locked in a dramatic struggle for the right to return to their historic home in one of Portland’s most gentrified neighborhoods.

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Discrimination Cases Explode

Shopping while Black’ lawsuits sound alarm

A Portland lawyer specializing in discrimination cases is sounding the alarm over a rash of recent racial discrimination claims.

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MLK Dream Run Goes Virtual

Change in format due to COVID-19

Because of the social distancing parameters set by the CDC, this year’s events have shifted from a weekend schedule to a virtual format.

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Make a Plan to Vote!

Election countdown begins; voter registration deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 13

Multnomah County Auditor Jennifer McGuirk is encouraging voters to make a plan to vote.

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Sheriff: ‘Will Never Support Trump’

Mike Reece calls out Trump on false endorsement

The sheriff made his voice clear when tweeted out after Trump made the false endorsement, “As the Multnomah County Sheriff I have never supported Donald Trump and will never support him.”

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Iannarone Grows Support for Mayor

Provides list of endorsements from Black community

Sarah Iannarone is showing off some impressive support from the local Black community in her runoff election for Portland mayor on Nov. 3.

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Unhealthy Smoke to Last Days

Best prescription for bad air: Stay inside

Very unhealthy air quality conditions are expected to last at least until the end of the week and possibility until next week because of dense smoke coming from massive wildfires in Oregon and across the West.

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