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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Tubman School Could Move for I-5

School district and governor eye solution

Moving Harriet Tubman Middle School to another location because of air pollution impacts has gained traction with new demands from the Portland School Board and an endorsement of the idea from Gov. Kate Brown.

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Reward Grows to $15,000 in Woman’s Death

Offer part of new effort to stem gun violence

Evelin Navarro-Barajas, 23, was killed June 18 while gathered with a group of friends that included children in a parking lot in the 6700 block of Northeast Killingsworth Street.

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Apology Issued 73 Years after Vanport

Housing executive says agency mistreated Black community

Home Forward, the housing authority for Multnomah County, has issued an apology for its mistreatment and lack of concern for Black residents living in Vanport 73 years ago when the wartime housing was destroyed by floodwaters.

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Greene, Hollands Elected to School Board

A strong backing for two Black candidates

Two Black candidates won more than 70 percent of the vote to be elected to the Portland school board Tuesday, joining incumbent Michelle Depass to give the seven-member panel three Black representatives for the first time in its history.

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Justice March for Patrick Kimmons

Peaceful protest calls out police for killings

A large crowd peacefully marched down Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard on Thursday afternoon to demand justice for Patrick Kimmons, a Black man shot and killed by Portland Police in 2018, and for others who have lost their lives in police confrontations in Portland and worldwide

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Ex Cop found Guilty

Verdict sets off jubilation around city

In Portland, city leaders, including police and other law enforcement officials, issued statements in support of the jury’s decision.

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Police Add Up Damages from Riot

Violence directed at police after latest shooting

Portland police are adding up the damages from new protests against police that turned violent Monday night.

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Journeys to Justice

Taking on the experiences of being Black

The experiences of being Black comes to life as part of a presentation by Portland Opera called Journeys to Justice, an evening of art, song, opera and short pieces about love, justice and the experiences of being African American.

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Family and Love of Cooking

Da’Das Soulful Eatz serving at Miracles Club

Jamie Turner works the kitchen as the owner and operator of Ja’Das Soulful Eatz, expanding her catering and food cart business into a new family soul food restaurant next door to the Miracles Cub at 4200 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

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Relieved the Truth Prevailed

Portland leader asks for an apology

Lifelong champion for police accountability in Portland, and the city’s first Black female member of the City Council, was relieved to see the truth prevail, but was frustrated by the unnecessary burden put on her office to disprove a completely false accusation.

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