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.
Portland woman’s memoir of a hard life and hope
A long time Portland woman has written an inspirational and dramatic story about how she escaped poverty and life-and-death challenges as a child to build a better life. “I Thought I Wouldn’t Tell It,” by Deloris Dallas is a memoir of a hard life and hope.
First black city commissioner inspired leadership
People from all over the city are remembering Jordan for his leadership, especially in his role as a former director of Portland Parks and Recreation.
Issues of race and disability move into the spotlight
Issues of race and disability have moved into the spotlight at City Hall thanks to Portland’s first ever Office of Equity and Human Rights. Dante J. James, the office’s first bureau director, presented an annual report on the work accomplished by the department to the full City Council last month and recently met with the Portland Observer to help build public support for the mission.
Cascade Festival of African Films to entertain and inform
Portland Community College's 24th Cascade Festival of African Films brings 19 films and two African directors
Honored by Concordia University
Kay Toran, president and chief executive officer of Volunteers of America, will receive Concordia University’s 3rd Annual Gov. Victor Atiyeh Leadership in Education Award.
Historic resource not protected
1924 building was of Colonial style with a portico and Tuscan columns.
Michelle Watson excels as career military leader
It’s been a long and rewarding journey from Harriet Tubman School in Portland to a distinguished career in the U.S. Coast Guard for Michelle Watson. The former Portland and Vancouver area resident has just finished a year in which she met President Obama and the First Lady; was promoted as the first African-American woman commander of a Coast Guard security unit in Virginia; and served as a deputy commander in security for the president’s second inauguration in Washington, D.C., last January.
Neighborhood stalwart was a community champion
Accolades and remembrances are pouring in for Lee Perlman, a longtime Portland community journalist and activist who died this month at the age of 64.
Rose Garden name goes away for sponsorship deal
The Portland Trail Blazers and Moda Health have unveiled a community partnership that changes the name of the Rose Garden to “the Moda Center at the Rose Quarter,” effective immediately.
First annual Summer African American Film Festival series begins