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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Cold Gives Way to Big Melt

Storm left large blanket of snow and ice

The Portland Metro area was digging out after a record winter storm left a large blanket of snow and ice.

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Komen Closing Portland Operations

Breast cancer prevention group had deep bonds in Black community

“This change is incredibly difficult,” Alice Fern, the chapter’s marketing and communications manager told the Portland Observer.

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Wells Picked for Wilson High Renaming

District to name school for civil rights icon

Portland’s Wilson High School will be renamed Ida B. Wells-Barnett High School in honor of one of America’s most famous early civil rights leaders, a Black woman who fought for the right to vote, a person born into slavery in 1862 and who was freed by the Emancipation Proclamation during the Civil War.

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Driver Rampage Kills Woman

Witnesses suspect destruction was intentional

Some residents on Southeast Stark who watched a driver plow into people on the sides of streets and sidewalks Monday afternoon, injuring at least nine people and killing an elderly woman, have indicated that they are convinced the damage and destruction was intentional.

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Vandalism Won’t Deter Democrats

Party says Inauguration Day attack won’t stop its resolve

Party officials said they were thankful that staff members were not in the building at the time.

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Advancing Justice, Equality

Meyer Memorial Trust leader on MLK, new headquarters

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” The words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. have been an lifelong inspiration to Michelle J. DePass, an esteemed Black executive overseeing the Meyer Memorial Trust.

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Talks Ease Tensions at Red House

Eviction protest continues, but barricades begin to come down

A perimeter of street and sidewalk barricades erected by protesters to oppose the eviction of a long time Black and Indigenous family in the Humboldt neighborhood of north Portland have started to come down as talks to resolve issues between the family, police and local officials continue.

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Black Innovators Celebrated

New mural pays tribute to diverse business community

Portland’s Black community and support for artists of color are celebrated with the creation of a new public mural to replace another mural that celebrated diversity

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‘Safe Moms, Safe Babies’ Help Arrives

Baby supplies go to families impacted by COVID-19

Four northeast Portland organizations have received donations of over 2,000 diapers and other baby supplies for distribution to families impacted by COVID-19, the recent wildfires and other economic hardships.

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Mapps Beats Eudaly; Wheeler Re-elected

In Gresham, first Black mayor wins

Mingus Mapps captured a seat on the Portland City Council in Tuesday’s General Election, which will make him the third person of color, a new majority on the five-member panel, when he takes office in January.

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