Portland Observer publisher and editor-in-chief Charles Washington passed away Saturday evening. He was 60 years old. He took over the publisher position from his mother, Joyce Washington. The weekly paper started in 1970. In an article published in The Observer earlier this year, the paper has this to say about Charles Washington’s tenure as publisher:
When Mr. Washington took reigns in the mid 1990s, the newspaper’s goal was to be both Afro-centric and focused on cultural diversity, including the Latino, immigrant and gentrified communities. As Portland grew in diversity, the Portland Observer grew.
Did you know Charles Washington? What will you remember about him and his legacy at The Portland Observer?
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OPB | Feb. 22, 2017