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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Townscapes
In 2019 case officer had claimed development would have ‘minimum...
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Townscapes
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National
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Townscapes
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Townscapes
Owners of one of Malta’s largest solar farms warn that vibrations...
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Townscapes
The project will see an addition of 63 apartments and new plaza around the...
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National
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Heritage watchdog green-lights six storeys on Sliema’s Britannia flats
Townscapes
Proposed five floors and a penthouse on Britannia Flats given blessing of the...
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National
Malta, Austria, Ireland, Portugal and UK report highest average hours of...
ERA reiterates objection to Gharghur home
Townscapes
The Environment and Resources Authority reiterated its objections to the...
Valletta: vertical lift planned for Marsamxett ferry landing
Townscapes
A pedestrian lift is to link the Marsamxett ferry landing to Valletta’s...
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National
Vast majorities in Malta, Ireland, Sweden and Finland support EU financing of...
Marsaxlokk FC revises sports hostel plans
Townscapes
Club seeking hostel and care home permits claims development will hide...
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Social
Nearly two-thirds of teens and 50% of women say food dominates their life. And...
New Portelli project threatens Taż-Żejta valley in Gozo
Townscapes
Development in an area of High Landscape Protection next to scenic watercourse...
Maltese working class becoming more Asian
National
Workers from Nepal increase from 29 in 2016 to 2,481 in September 2021 while...
Smart City carpark sees 11-storey development proposal
Townscapes
New ring road will separate proposed residential and hotel complex from a...
Simar reserve threatened by eight-storey development
Townscapes
An eight-storey block is threatening the bird sanctuary at Simar, located just...
ERA evasive on limiting number of visitors to overcrowded Comino
National
ERA insists to MaltaToday that it is just 'one of the competent entities...
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National
The Water Services Corporation aims to improve tap water taste and get it on...