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.
Former president Obama, NAACP issue condolences
Aretha Franklin, the undisputed "Queen of Soul" has died at age 76 from advance pancreatic cancer.
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.
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
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.
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.
Audit finds lack of accountability reduces trust
Portland police gang enforcement carried out traffic stops that disproportionately affected black residents.
Pledge calls on restoring trust
After some recent tensions on the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners, a new statement focuses on restoring trust, signed by each member of the governing panel.
Gov. Brown names first African American to highest court
New voice is a widely respected civil rights champion
Smith gaveled down; Kafoury regrets comment
When Multnomah County Commission Loretta Smith took aim at a housekeeping measure before the board of commissioners last week she was gaveled down by chair Deborah Kafoury who took offense at Smith’s remarks but later had to apologize for making a personal and vulgar attack on Smith’s character.
Non profit plans condos to create shared equity, stability
Portland community land trust has plans to develop a major affordable condominium project giving priority to displaced residents