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.
Faubion-Concordia school partnership a pathway to progress
Dr. Jill Biden, the wife of former Vice President Joe Biden, said a new public and private partnership between Concordia University and Faubion Elementary is a shining example of making powerful changes in education that can lift an entire community.
Audit finds lack of accountability reduces trust
Portland police gang enforcement carried out traffic stops that disproportionately affected black residents.
Pledge calls on restoring trust
After some recent tensions on the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners, a new statement focuses on restoring trust, signed by each member of the governing panel.
Gov. Brown names first African American to highest court
New voice is a widely respected civil rights champion
Smith gaveled down; Kafoury regrets comment
When Multnomah County Commission Loretta Smith took aim at a housekeeping measure before the board of commissioners last week she was gaveled down by chair Deborah Kafoury who took offense at Smith’s remarks but later had to apologize for making a personal and vulgar attack on Smith’s character.
Non profit plans condos to create shared equity, stability
Portland community land trust has plans to develop a major affordable condominium project giving priority to displaced residents
Burglary suspect was shot during police chase
Grand Jury determines that a Portland Police Bureau officer was justified when he shot and wounded an unarmed black bank robbery suspect
But Oregon's U.S. House members don't stand for impeachment
Impeachment vote fails; but But Trump behavior cited in resignation calls
Entire House delegation voted to kill measure
When a black Democratic lawmaker from Texas introduced a resolution in Congress to impeach President Trump on Wednesday, not one member of Oregon’s congressional delegation supported it.
His political cartoons tackle issues like Islamophobia, immigration and racial justice in America with insight and humor and have been carried by newspapers around the world, including regularly in the Portland Observer.