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.
Offer part of new effort to stem gun violence
Evelin Navarro-Barajas, 23, was killed June 18 while gathered with a group of friends that included children in a parking lot in the 6700 block of Northeast Killingsworth Street.
Housing executive says agency mistreated Black community
Home Forward, the housing authority for Multnomah County, has issued an apology for its mistreatment and lack of concern for Black residents living in Vanport 73 years ago when the wartime housing was destroyed by floodwaters.
A strong backing for two Black candidates
Two Black candidates won more than 70 percent of the vote to be elected to the Portland school board Tuesday, joining incumbent Michelle Depass to give the seven-member panel three Black representatives for the first time in its history.
Peaceful protest calls out police for killings
A large crowd peacefully marched down Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard on Thursday afternoon to demand justice for Patrick Kimmons, a Black man shot and killed by Portland Police in 2018, and for others who have lost their lives in police confrontations in Portland and worldwide
Verdict sets off jubilation around city
In Portland, city leaders, including police and other law enforcement officials, issued statements in support of the jury’s decision.
Violence directed at police after latest shooting
Portland police are adding up the damages from new protests against police that turned violent Monday night.
Taking on the experiences of being Black
The experiences of being Black comes to life as part of a presentation by Portland Opera called Journeys to Justice, an evening of art, song, opera and short pieces about love, justice and the experiences of being African American.
Da’Das Soulful Eatz serving at Miracles Club
Jamie Turner works the kitchen as the owner and operator of Ja’Das Soulful Eatz, expanding her catering and food cart business into a new family soul food restaurant next door to the Miracles Cub at 4200 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Portland leader asks for an apology
Lifelong champion for police accountability in Portland, and the city’s first Black female member of the City Council, was relieved to see the truth prevail, but was frustrated by the unnecessary burden put on her office to disprove a completely false accusation.
Alleges partisan campaign against her
“I’m telling you today, these allegations are false, and to be frank, these allegations are very suspicious," Hardesty said.