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 director brings comedy on West African experience
A play with lots of laughs and drama that follows an African family over three distinct stages of their development, through changing times and circumstances
Police used taser to arrest teenager
The use of a Taser gun by Portland police to subdue a black teenager and the actions of police to make the arrest will be investigated by Portland’s Independent Police Review Division as well as an internal police review
Advocating for children tried as adults
Partnership for Safety and Justice leads a rally to raise awareness of the social and personal harm caused by policies that allow young people to be punished as adults.
Mechanics of law goes before the public
A forum was held in Salem Tuesday aimed at educating lawmakers and members of the public about a new law that can delay and possibly prevent future legislation that causes racial disparities in our criminal justice and child welfare systems.
Child Development Center opens at PCC Cascade
New classrooms for Albina Head Start and Albina Early Head Start at Portland Community College’s Cascade Campus will bring needed child care for people going to the north Portland school and enhance the abilities of children and their families to succeed in life.
Crosswalk enforcement for back-to-school safety
The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Police Bureau are raising awareness of pedestrian safety and Oregon traffic laws as kids go back to school from summer break.
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