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.
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.
Funeral services to span four days
Aretha Franklin, the undisputed "Queen of Soul" has died at age 76 from advance pancreatic cancer.
Ryan Bounds nomination pulled after black senator objects
A controversial nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals from Oregon had his nomination derailed in the Senate today after the only Republican black member of the Senate made clear he couldn’t vote for him.
Lift Every Voice” campaign set sights on 2020 ballot
An effort led by Portland-area clergy to put a measure on the November ballot to ban the sale of certain semi-automatic guns and large capacity ammunition magazines has been postponed after legal maneuvers by opponents made it nearly impossible to gather enough signatures to meet a July 6 deadline
Oregon senators call process unfair
A controversial judicial pick from Oregon for the U.S. Ninth Circuit of Appeals will have his nomination considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday despite opposition by Oregon’s two U.S. Senators.