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.
Report on DAs is push for criminal justice reform
As Oregon votes in next week’s Primary Election most of the candidates overseeing criminal justice in the state won’t face any opposition and that’s a roadblock to reforming laws that disproportionately impact minorities, according to a new report by the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon.
Says AG investigation falls short on protecting civil rights
An investigation that cleared Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton of criminal wrongdoing failed to account for actions that may have violated civil protections, according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon.
Jury rules in favor of protester
Teressa Raiford was unanimously acquitted Thursday on a charge related to protesting the death of Micheal Brown in Ferguson, Mo.
Annual concert puts issue and need in focus
A Portland blues festival historically rooted in civil rights and social justice causes is once again putting its focus on supporting a campaign to bring universal health coverage to everyone.
Oregon Commission on Black Affairs files a complaint
The Oregon Commission on Black Affairs has submitted a complaint to the Oregon State Bar against Washington County Deputy District Attorney Zoe Smith for her alleged racist statements on social media.
New Seasons expands to University Park
New Seasons Market, the locally-grown chain of grocery outlets that puts a premium on fresh, healthy foods while giving back to the community, has expanded its reach by opening its third location in north Portland.
Family and neighbors call for safety improvements
Hugs, tears and fond memories were shared for a long time member of the black community
Shooting disrupts peace near PCC campus
18-year-old male shoots another young man near sidewalk
Oregon seeded No. 1 in West; OSU No. 7
A first for both teams playing in the same championship series
Flag represented Mississippi in Walk of Flags
Oregon Legislative leaders first wanted to give the state of Mississippi a chance to change the flag on its own