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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Help for Minority Businesses in Crisis

Prosper Portland to manage $1 million relief fund

The first phase of a Small Business Relief Fund to help minority and women-owned firms and other disadvantaged businesses struggling to survive economically because of the coronavirus public health crisis will be launched Monday by Prosper Portland.

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Good in the Hood Canceled

Festival and parade sidelined by public health crisis

“It is with heavy hearts that the Good in the Hood Board has decided to cancel this year's festival scheduled on June 26-28."

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Take Transit Only If Necessary, TriMet says

Police hope to gain voluntary compliance during crisis

As residents are ordered to stay home and minimize travel in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, TriMet Monday asked people to take transit only if necessary, while Portland police said they hope to gain voluntary compliance with Gov. Kate Brown’s latest order for residents to stay at home.

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Sunshine Food Pantries Step Up for Crisis

Emergency food boxes distributed to meet demand

In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, emergency food boxes are being distributed to individuals and families in need at the two food panties operated by the Portland Police Sunshine Division.

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Emmanuel Temple Mourns Loss of Founder

Portland Bishop A.A. Wells Dies at age 81

Bishop A.A. Wells was an esteemed leader in Portland’s African American community.

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New Online Resource for Unemployment Benefits

State updates procedures because of Coronavirus epidemic

The Oregon Employment Department has issued a new online resource for employers, workers and job seekers impacted by the coronavirus epidemic.

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De La Salle North Updates Plans

Model shows future school at St. Charles

Catholic high school raising capital for move

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New Case Against ‘TriMet’ Abuser

Follows attack on Emanuel hospital employee

Banned from TriMet after dozens of sex crimes, man now faces four new charges stemming from attack at Emanuel Hospital.

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Actor Stars in Films on Gun Violence

Finishes one picture; plans next role as Aaron Campbell

Portland actor and producer is celebrates completion of "Saving District,” a short film about school shootings in America, and he will soon take on the role of Aaron Campbell in a new movie about Portland man killed by a police sniper 10 years ago

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A Dedicated Public Servant

Condolences for Nick Fish after his death at age 61

Longest tenured city commissioner died just two days after announcing his resignation

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