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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.