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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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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Chief Outlaw Leaving; Deputy Promoted

Year begins with police bureau shakeup

Outlaw to head Philadelphia police department.

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Art Works Celebrate Portland's African Diaspora

October exhibit comes from 10 local artists

Mixed media exhibit celebrating Portland’s African Diaspora will be on view during October at the Multnomah Arts Center

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House Demolished for Hotel

Economic forces transforming historic black neighborhood

A clear sign of the economic forces and gentrification changing the characteristics of historic black neighborhoods in inner north and northeast Portland.

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Volunteers help residents stay housed

Community outreach tackles housing crisis

Fighting displacement by helping low income and struggling homeowners stay housed

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Inferno Erupts from Dry Grass

Smoke, flames damage nearby homes, businesses

A thick column of smoke bellowed throughout the area and could be seen for miles

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McGee, Dickson Not Guilty

Black leaders cleared after trial

The founder and former chief executive officer of Portland’s Black Parent Initiative expressed his gratitude Friday after a judge found him and his co-defendant not guilty of sexual assault after a two week trial

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Unlikely Brotherhood

Retired cop addresses racial divide in new book

A retired black cop and a white criminal defense attorney, both from Portland, recount how their combustible relationship was transformed into a lasting friendship in ‘Unlikely Brotherhood,’ a new book that address the cultural divide between white and black America.

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Kate Brown, JoAnn Hardesty Victorious

Progressive candidates and causes do well at the ballot box

Results from Tuesday’s November General Election in Oregon brought big wins for progressive causes and candidates

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Lessons Learned

Words matter for player, parent and coach

When a racist word was inserted into a children’s counting game by the adult coach mentoring his son, the Sunset High School parent wanted the school principal to do something about it. Now almost a year and a half after bringing the incident to the attention of school staff, the parent is getting an apology and a commitment that it won’t happen again.

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