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.

Books just like bread: why nothing beats the local ‘bakery’ at Christmas
Christmas
Try an indie bookstore this Christmas! MaltaToday catches up with three...
Malta’s excess banknotes sign of heightened economic activity
National
Cash is being used less frequently for daily payments, but Malta has one of the...
‘Nothing more to add’: Watchdog on towers marring University vista
Townscapes
The Superintendence for Cultural Heritage 'has no further comments to...
Government wants to exempt Chalet and Suncrest lido from Public Domain
Townscapes
​The government wants to 'declassify' the Sliema Chalet site,...
Gender and age disparity: has abortion overshadowed political polls?
Data & Surveys
Abela and Labour have lost support among men and the elderly but gain from...
Fort Cambridge high-rise heading for approval
Townscapes
31-storey hotel 'recommended for approval', preceding pending decision...
No apartment block next to Zabbar cemetery grounds, says health directorate
Townscapes
​The Environmental Health Directorate has officially objected to the rezoning...
New plans for Marsaxlokk hotel on site of demolished heritage building
Townscapes
New plans have been submitted for the construction of a five-storey guesthouse...
Ta’ Qali: ‘forest’ and obstacle course proposed in agricultural plot
Townscapes
A 39,000sq.m plot of agricultural land in Ta’ Qali is being eyed by its...
Circular ferry proposed in new mobility plan to reduce traffic
National
Government issues public consultation Sustainable Mobility plan for Valletta...
AUM withdraws planning appeal on Bormla campus extension
National
The American University of Malta says it will revise the infrastructure master...
ODZ supermarket proposal returns on Birkirkara bypass
Townscapes
A brand new supermarket beckons, proposed on the Dun Karm Psaila...
Ħaġar Qim resto raises concerns over light, noise and cars
Townscapes
Heritage Malta has expressed 'grave concern' on the reconstruction...
Heads of school say they have little training on child abuse
National
Study finds 64% of school principals encounter cases of child sexual abuse in...
Factories to rise to 35 metres on former Dowty site in Mriehel
Townscapes
A draft legal notice foresees the approval of 35 meter high industrial and...
Ta’ Dirjanu owner applies to demolish three adjacent townhouses
Townscapes
Proposal foresees 24 apartments and three shops on site adjacent to supermarket...
Middle finger to the young and educated as PN finds unity on abortion
National
ANALYSIS | The PN may have rediscovered its conservative ethos and unity in...
Is population growth behind poverty increase?
National
After Malta’s Budget 2022 — a time of reckoning in determining the...
Tumas Group’s Dolmen proposes makeover of Amazonia resort
Townscapes
Proposal foresees two new kiosks with outside tables on a new promenade level...
56% of properties scheduled in last five years are in Sliema
Townscapes
A total of 227 properties have been listed in the Planning Authority’s...