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.
Aggressive goals set for a diverse workforce
Multnomah County has set a high bar for hiring a diverse group of workers to build a downtown courthouse to replace the existing county courthouse which is more than 100 years old.
Project will be low scale development
The Natural Grocers project coming to Northeast Alberta Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard will be a single-story retail strip mall project.
Civil rights groups applaud call for reforms
Two major civil rights groups are applauding a call by law enforcement officers in the state to decriminalize drug possession crimes.
'How I Learned What I Learned'
August Wilson’s provocative autobiographical solo show about race, culture, oppression, hierarchy and power.
'Blue-Eyed Black Boy' launches series on race
A new series of plays to elicit greater understanding of historical events related to today's racial environment.
Bonnie Ratner's 'Hazardous Beauty' tackles election
Democracy is Hazardous Beauty
Was known for decades of selfless work
Plans set for public memorial services
Report on DAs is push for criminal justice reform
As Oregon votes in next week’s Primary Election most of the candidates overseeing criminal justice in the state won’t face any opposition and that’s a roadblock to reforming laws that disproportionately impact minorities, according to a new report by the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon.
Says AG investigation falls short on protecting civil rights
An investigation that cleared Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton of criminal wrongdoing failed to account for actions that may have violated civil protections, according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon.
Jury rules in favor of protester
Teressa Raiford was unanimously acquitted Thursday on a charge related to protesting the death of Micheal Brown in Ferguson, Mo.