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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Iannarone Grows Support for Mayor

Provides list of endorsements from Black community

Sarah Iannarone is showing off some impressive support from the local Black community in her runoff election for Portland mayor on Nov. 3.

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Unhealthy Smoke to Last Days

Best prescription for bad air: Stay inside

Very unhealthy air quality conditions are expected to last at least until the end of the week and possibility until next week because of dense smoke coming from massive wildfires in Oregon and across the West.

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Feedback Starts Over on I-5 Project

New board with black ties to consider past harms

ODOT says the priorities of Portland’s African American community will be elevated in its consideration of the controversial I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project.

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Mayor Calls for More Housing Relief

Unpaid rents grow during COVID-19

Unpaid rents are growing in Portland during the COVID-19 pandemic and Tuesday Mayor Ted Wheeler announced he will bring forward new local housing relief measures to help stabilize households facing eviction and foreclosure.

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Reimaging a Better School Year

Principal says COVID-19, racial equity push an opportunity

Principal says adjustments being made for teaching under COVID-19 restrictions are an opportunity to provide a better education to all students now and in the future.

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Violence Turns Deadly with Dueling Protests

Chief decries downtown shooting

A supporter of a right wing group was killed in a confrontation downtown Saturday, the first deadly consequence amid three months of protests over racial injustice in Portland and across the nation.

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Jazz on a Summer’s Day

Restored 1959 concert film screens virtually

A new, dazzling 4K restoration of “Jazz on a Summer’s Day,” considered the greatest jazz documentary every made, makes its debut Friday at the Hollywood Theatre’s virtual cinema and two other Portland virtual theater venues.

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Racial Violence Victim Won’t Back Down

Demetria Hester pushes ahead after protest charges dropped

Black woman assaulted by Jeremy Christian during his deadly and racist attacks on TriMet pledges to keep up protests against racism in law enforcement and the criminal justice system after being arrested during a protest.

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New Police Oversight Gains Traction

Council sends measure to voters

Portland’s City Council has voted to add a measure to the ballot this November that would create a new independent Community Police Oversight Board.

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Wall of Moms Enter Fray

Grassroots actions defy Trump; escalate protests

A wall of moms forming a human shield to protect protesters is gaining strength in Portland in response to the show of force from President Trump and his dispatch of a stealthy team of federal police to protect the U.S. Courthouse and other federal property.

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