Michael Leighton

Editor

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.

Recent Stories

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Kate Brown, JoAnn Hardesty Victorious

Progressive candidates and causes do well at the ballot box

Results from Tuesday’s November General Election in Oregon brought big wins for progressive causes and candidates

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Lessons Learned

Words matter for player, parent and coach

When a racist word was inserted into a children’s counting game by the adult coach mentoring his son, the Sunset High School parent wanted the school principal to do something about it. Now almost a year and a half after bringing the incident to the attention of school staff, the parent is getting an apology and a commitment that it won’t happen again.

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Death Brings End to Paul Allen Era

Blazers owner had loyalty to team and the city

Paul Allen, the longtime-owner of the Portland Trail Blazers who was passionately involved in the team’s operations, died Monday from complications from non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

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Former PCC Campus Dean Dies

Dr. Mildred Ollee remembered

Dr. Mildred Ollee oversaw the build out of a comprehensive Cascade campus during her eight years serving Portland Community College.

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Aretha Franklin’s Powerful Legacy

Funeral services to span four days

Aretha Franklin, the undisputed "Queen of Soul" has died at age 76 from advance pancreatic cancer.

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Racist Writings Derail Court Pick

Ryan Bounds nomination pulled after black senator objects

A controversial nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals from Oregon had his nomination derailed in the Senate today after the only Republican black member of the Senate made clear he couldn’t vote for him.

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Gun Control Supporters Regroup

Lift Every Voice” campaign set sights on 2020 ballot

An effort led by Portland-area clergy to put a measure on the November ballot to ban the sale of certain semi-automatic guns and large capacity ammunition magazines has been postponed after legal maneuvers by opponents made it nearly impossible to gather enough signatures to meet a July 6 deadline

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Controversial Judge Pick Gets Hearing

Oregon senators call process unfair

A controversial judicial pick from Oregon for the U.S. Ninth Circuit of Appeals will have his nomination considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday despite opposition by Oregon’s two U.S. Senators.

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New School Model Lauded

Faubion-Concordia school partnership a pathway to progress

Dr. Jill Biden, the wife of former Vice President Joe Biden, said a new public and private partnership between Concordia University and Faubion Elementary is a shining example of making powerful changes in education that can lift an entire community.

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Gang Enforcement Team Faulted

Audit finds lack of accountability reduces trust

Portland police gang enforcement carried out traffic stops that disproportionately affected black residents.

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