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
A four-storey office block with three underlying parking levels is being...
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Lawrence Gonzi’s call for a campaign to overturn the newly approved...
Watchdog irked by ‘incongruent’ inscription on Balzan St Roque niche
Townscapes
The Superintendence for Cultural Heritage is objecting to the Park Lane...
Expert sounds warning as Maltese teens shun Italian and French at A-level
National
A-levels: only 2% will study foreign language other than English, as lecturer...
How Naxxar mayor, minority leader defended high-rise vote
Townscapes
Council took no vote on mayor’s stand, but both Naxxar mayor and minority...
Villa no, hotel yes: How ERA blundered on Dingli hotel
Townscapes
The environmental watchdog found itself in the line of fire after changing its...
‘English’ education: only 3% write in Maltese in O-levels
National
Most students among 1,900 candidates answer their questions in English in...
Naxxar mayor votes in favour as PA approves two towers in ex-trade fair car park
Townscapes
Naxxar mayor votes in favour of a medium-rise development in her locality...
[ANALYSIS] Labour landslide or wipeout? The PN’s prospects
National
The PN could be heading for a repeat of the 2013/17 losses or a wipe-out that...
Call to schedule modernist icon Palazzina Vincenti
Townscapes
Superintendence calls for scheduling of St Julian’s modernist icon...
Naxxar 10-storey towers: two in three residents opposed project
Townscapes
…but PA’s case officer still recommends approval and fails to...
Tribunal confirms rejection of Rabat road petrol station
Townscapes
The Planning Authority’s appeals tribunal has confirmed a 2019 decision...
Italian kids in Maltese schools facing integration problems
National
Difficulty in communicating in Maltese poses an obstacle to integration for...
After Malta, Germany set to make pot mainstream
National
Malta risked isolation in Europe by ‘legalising’ home growing and...
Qawra lido excavation: four months to clear debris from massive AX project
Townscapes
AX project replacing three Qawra lidos to make way for a 220-space car park...
Marsaxlokk FC removes car park in hostel, old people’s home plans on public garden
Townscapes
The Marsaxlokk football club is no longer seeking to develop a second football...
Heights on protected Wilga Street are ‘necessary evil’ says watchdog
Townscapes
Adding three storeys to a row of protected townhouses is a 'necessary...
Residential development foreseen on former Marsa power station site in proposed planning guidelines
Townscapes
Marsa harbour regeneration plan envisages closure or scaling down of abattoir...
Malta ranked third most optimistic country in Europe
National
Index assessing expectations for the future puts Malta ahead of all European...
ERA drops objections to Siggiewi shooting range
Townscapes
​The Environmental and Resources Authority has dropped its previous objection...