James
Debono

James Debono is MaltaToday's chief reporter on environment, planning and land use issues, and one of the newspaper's main political analysts. Apart from blogging regularly on politics, James Debono won the IGM national press awards' environmental reporter of the year in 2011 for his report showing how a beverage company that extracted over 51,000 of cubic metres of water every year from the national water table for free, was awarded an environmental award by the University of Malta. Debono also heads Mediatoday's survey unit, which has conducted polls on all electoral appointments since 2008, correctly predicting the outcome of all elections and the 2011 divorce referendum.

He read history and obtained his Masters' degree from the University of Malta, and in the past worked for TV production house Where's Everybody before joining MaltaToday in 2005. A co-founder of Moviment Graffitti and active in Moviment ghall-Ambjent, he served as a media officer for Alternattiva Demokratika - the Green Party. James is married and has a son. His interests include listening to music and reading.

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National
Parties have clearly found a way around party financing laws: they are...
Naxxar’s minority leader behind care home invading Għargħur countryside
Townscapes
Care home instead of disused livestock farm in Għargħur-Naxxar countryside to...
Malta in talks to test pesticide products abroad
National
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61% of Maltese believe taking COVID vaccine still a civic duty
National
Support for mandatory vaccination in Malta falls from 52% to 45% after...
Excelsior extension set to ‘pronounce hotel’ against fortifications
Townscapes
Superintendence for Cultural Heritage gives blessing to hotel extension after...
Mayor refuses to name ‘fat cat’ and unelected official for PN investigation
National
St Julian’s Mayor Albert Buttigieg has alleged that his electoral...
Three-block Xgħajra project turned into mega 13-storey block
Townscapes
Small changes in mega-development in one of Malta’s smallest seaside...
88-apartment Portelli block set for approval in Balzan
Townscapes
Development proposed by a business partner of Gozitan developer Joseph Portelli...
Flying to Gozo more than double emissions of cars driving from MIA
National
An environmental impact assessment for a proposed Gozo airstrip confirms that...
Missing bridges to be rebuilt in Balluta Buildings restoration
Townscapes
The second phase of the restoration of Balluta Buildings will foresee the...
[WATCH] Good laws but only on paper: Malta takes no action on unauthorised pesticides
Environment
No investigation being held on root cause of maximum pesticide residue levels...
Bahrija gate not illegal, owners claim in planning appeal
Townscapes
Landowners in Baħrija are now claiming they never needed a permit to install a...
75% of Maltese want greater EU military cooperation after Ukraine invasion
National
After Russia invaded Ukraine, the public mood in Malta favours greater EU...
Ramla beach masterplan to harmonise kiosks, include clinic and police station
Townscapes
The Gozo Ministry’s masterplan for Ramla Bay includes a...
Party debts: the case for state funding
National
Indebted political parties are bad news for democracy as it makes them even...
Suq tal-Belt delays enforcement as Arkadia present new canopy plans
Townscapes
New plans for Arkadia’s Valletta food court’s new canopy design...
Marsaxlokk fields and farms eyed for tourist accommodation
Townscapes
Seven-block ‘hotel’ proposed on livestock farms sand agricultural...
Not really downsized: Mgarr solar farm developers appeal planning refusal
Townscapes
Developers claim Mgarr solar farm ‘downsized’ after talks with...
Discount giant Eurospin eyes Marsa supermarket
Townscapes
The Italian low-cost supermarket giant Eurospin is behind plans to develop a...
Hardstone quarry proposed at Bengħajsa
Environment
A new quarry is being proposed over a 6,200sq.m plot of agricultural land at...