Engaged Citizens. Innovative Ideas.


Created by the community, for the community.

The monthly Heights Observer hyper-local community newspaper is the embodiment of our mission of civic engagement. Begun in 2008, the paper tells the community’s stories from the ground up: through the eyes of volunteer citizen reporters.

10,000 free print copies are distributed monthly through Cleveland Heights and University Heights neighborhood independent businesses and institutions.

The HeightsObserver.org website provides daily updates of local news and information and the Heights Observer Blogs gives residents a place to publish essays about all things local.

The Heights Observer continues to meet and exceed its goals of community advocacy, being a catalyst for public discourse, keeping residents informed, promoting citizen involvement, reflecting the diversity of our neighborhoods, and improving the overall quality of life for residents.

We owe it all to our citizen journalists and editors, whose thousands of hours of volunteer efforts make the Heights Observer one of the finest community newspapers in the nation.

  • Anyone can be a Heights Observer. Have a story? An event? News the community needs to know? No prior experience necessary. Send in your story today.
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