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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Chip Shields Won’t Run Again

Lawmaker to stop down; Frederick to run

A Portland lawmaker who rose from a local non-profit helping former inmates transition back into productive lives to later becoming a State Representative and then State Senator announced Friday he will be giving up his legislative duties at the end of his term next year.

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Obama to Visit Roseburg

Campus tragedy tears at hearts and minds

President Obama announced Monday that he will travel to Roseburg on Friday to visit with the families of victims killed in a campus shooting that left 10 people dead, including the 26-year-old gunman, and injured nine people.

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Forging Trade with China

Business leader embarks on strategic initiative

Portland business entrepreneur Roy Joy has embarked on a strategic initiative to build economic ties with China.

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Activist Teacher Remembered

A longtime Portland educator who helped countless Portland students embark on careers in journalism and other pursuits, including the editor of the Portland Observer as a student at John Adams High School, is being remembered after his death at the age of 92.

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Sticker Shock

Bible College land turns to market rate housing

While it may not be unusual to have sticker shock for the price of new housing in the heart of Portland’s historic African American community where gentrification is rampant, a property sold by the North Portland Bible College and turned into apartments by private developers, is making eyes roll.

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Reversing the History of Illness

Sobering picture for residents of color

People of color in Multnomah County face “extremely sobering’’ disparities that lead to more illness, fewer opportunities and shorter lives.

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Shooting Near Rosemary Anderson High School

Three people injured; schools on lockdown

A shooting near Rosemary Anderson High School

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Not Your Everyday Family

Portland director brings comedy on West African experience

A play with lots of laughs and drama that follows an African family over three distinct stages of their development, through changing times and circumstances

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Police reviews of police St. Johns disturbance ordered

Police used taser to arrest teenager

The use of a Taser gun by Portland police to subdue a black teenager and the actions of police to make the arrest will be investigated by Portland’s Independent Police Review Division as well as an internal police review

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When Justice Fails

Advocating for children tried as adults

Partnership for Safety and Justice leads a rally to raise awareness of the social and personal harm caused by policies that allow young people to be punished as adults.

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