Danny Peterson

Danny Peterson is an accomplished writer, journalist and filmmaker from Juneau, Alaska. He received one-on-one coaching writing stories, taking photos, and voicing and editing professional broadcast pieces for local public radio station KTOO, in Juneau. During undergrad, he co-produced a documentary film about homeless advocates called “Invisible Hands,” which aired on public television in Alaska. He has a strong interest in arts and culture, homelessness and equality issues, and community reporting. He is a Community Reporter at the Portland Observer and is a recent recipient of a Master’s Degree in Multimedia Journalism from University of Oregon in Portland, Oregon. In 2019 Danny directed and co-produced a documentary about the 2017 Eagle Creek wildfire called "Escape From Eagle Creek," which won an Alliance for Community Media "Best of the Northwest" Award for Documentary--a competition that encompasses Alaska, states in the Pacific Northwest, and parts of Western Canada. Contact Danny at djpeterson3@gmail.com or danny@portlandobserver.com. More info at www.dannypeterson.me.

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Mentoring on Rap

Mic Crenshaw expands reach with new support

“To me, it’s a life changing blessing. It’s one of the biggest opportunities I’ve ever encountered,” veteran Portland emcee Mic Crenshaw said of a new $100,000 Oregon Humanities grant when we caught up with him at Portland Underground Recording Studio in southwest Portland, fresh off of recording segments for two collaborative songs with his longtime producer Prince Strickland.

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Fostering Diversity Behind the Lens

New black filmmakers celebrate

Black and women filmmakers, who are sorely underrepresented nationwide in the television and movie industries, were the focus of a yearlong fellowship for filmmakers of color at Open Signal Labs, the nonprofit community media organization in northeast Portland. Now the culmination of their work will be shared with film screenings and an after party celebration this Friday starting at 7 p.m. at Hollywood Theatre in northeast Portland.

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Capitol Funeral Set for Senator Winters

Civil rights champion had deep community roots

The Oregon State Capitol in Salem will honor Winters with a memorial service in the Senate Chambers followed by a reception open to the public.

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Homeowner Fights Back:

When power pole for development placed at her house

The unintended consequence of the construction of new luxury housing in inner northeast Portland left one African American homeowner and longtime resident with a transformer-mounted pole directly in front of her house, without any prior notice.

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Trail Blazing Senator Jackie Winters Dies

Business owner and civil rights champion was only black Republican in chamber

Jackie Winters, the trail blazing Oregon state senator and only African-American Republican to be elected to the Legislature, died Wednesday at the age of 82.

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‘We Miss Eddie’

Gunned down and still unsolved 25 years later

25 years ago Eddie Morgan was shot to death on the corner of Northeast 42nd and Alberta in what remains an unsolved murder.

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Bringing Local Black History to Life

Alberta Street art will tell the stories

Recognizing Northeast Alberta Street as central to a shared African American history is the intention of a series of art markers that will soon be unveiled at key intersections.

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Natural Grocers Apologizes for Noose

Racist emblem traced to store worker's auto

In a response to the Portland Observer on Tuesday, Natural Grocers spokesperson Amber Dutra would not confirm the employee was the manager, but expected to have more information in the next 48 hours pending an investigation by the company.

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Winning School Board Candidates

DePass elected for Portland Public and Penson for PCC

Two longtime African American community members won election in local school board races Tuesday

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Parkrose Coach a True Hero

Brave response averts school shooting

When asked what his reaction to the fact that Parkrose Football Coach Keanon Lowe disarmed the gunman, junior Clayton Espenel said: “I’m just really thankful, I’m sure everyone here at the school is.”

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