|Founder(s)||Alfred L. Henderson|
|Headquarters||4747 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd|
Portland, OR 97211
|Free online archives||University of Oregon Libraries|
Rev. Alfred L. Henderson founded the paper in the 1970s, in the tradition of the People's Observer, a 1940s publication that had ceased publication in 1950. That paper also originally went by the name of "Portland Observer."
After several changes in ownership, the Washington family acquired the paper in the 1980s, during which Joyce Washington helmed the publication. Upon her death, Washington's son Charles "Chuck" Washington, a Portland native and a graduate of Jefferson High School, briefly took over as publisher until his death in December 2012. The paper was then passed on to Mark Washington who controls the paper today. Portland politician, radio host, restaurateur, and veteran Bruce Broussard has held a leadership position at the paper. Additionally, Albert Williams is currently the general manager of the Portland Observer and is involved in many aspects including hiring, editing, writing, advertising, and editing. In their website, they state their key focus of bringing stories focused on "education, health, politics, and law and justice" to their readers.
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