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.
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
Lawmakers fail to close 'Charleston' loophole
Senate leaders block law to end Legislative session
Says Portland sets example of work ahead
President Obama's chief law enforcement official visits city