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.
Blazers owner had loyalty to team and the city
Paul Allen, the longtime-owner of the Portland Trail Blazers who was passionately involved in the team’s operations, died Monday from complications from non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
Dr. Mildred Ollee remembered
Dr. Mildred Ollee oversaw the build out of a comprehensive Cascade campus during her eight years serving Portland Community College.
Funeral services to span four days
Aretha Franklin, the undisputed "Queen of Soul" has died at age 76 from advance pancreatic cancer.
Ryan Bounds nomination pulled after black senator objects
A controversial nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals from Oregon had his nomination derailed in the Senate today after the only Republican black member of the Senate made clear he couldn’t vote for him.
Lift Every Voice” campaign set sights on 2020 ballot
An effort led by Portland-area clergy to put a measure on the November ballot to ban the sale of certain semi-automatic guns and large capacity ammunition magazines has been postponed after legal maneuvers by opponents made it nearly impossible to gather enough signatures to meet a July 6 deadline
Oregon senators call process unfair
A controversial judicial pick from Oregon for the U.S. Ninth Circuit of Appeals will have his nomination considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday despite opposition by Oregon’s two U.S. Senators.
Faubion-Concordia school partnership a pathway to progress
Dr. Jill Biden, the wife of former Vice President Joe Biden, said a new public and private partnership between Concordia University and Faubion Elementary is a shining example of making powerful changes in education that can lift an entire community.
Audit finds lack of accountability reduces trust
Portland police gang enforcement carried out traffic stops that disproportionately affected black residents.
Pledge calls on restoring trust
After some recent tensions on the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners, a new statement focuses on restoring trust, signed by each member of the governing panel.
Gov. Brown names first African American to highest court
New voice is a widely respected civil rights champion