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.

Balzan modernist villa bites the dust for five-storey block
Townscapes
The Planning Authority has ignored the advice of the Superintendence for...
Paceville’s listed buildings: Heritage watchdog agrees with overhead storeys
Townscapes
A planning decision could set a precedent that adds extra storeys on Grade 2...
Pigs exposed to harmful noise from illegal Ħaż-Żebbuġ plant
Environment
The owners of two pig farms in Ħaż-Żebbuġ who have been operating for the...
Marsaxlokk plans to build community centre inside school garden irks councillor
Townscapes
Marsaxlokk council wants to build community centre on 920sq.m of garden space...
Religio et Patria: Maltese in top five ‘most religious’ in Europe
National
The Maltese rank fifth in the EU in attributing importance to religion in their...
[ANALYSIS] An early Christmas? How Abela is lowering the heat
National
The PN needs to keep up the heat on government in its so-far elusive gamble to...
Dak in-naqa Facebook... examiners shocked at bastardised Maltese
National
Examiners blame Facebook for essays in which students use English words and...
Farmers want precautions over extended Qrendi fireworks factory
Townscapes
Superintendence for Cultural Heritage expresses 'its immediate concern'...
Valley Road reservoir could become football pitch
Townscapes
One of the last patches of greenery along Valley Road in Msida is under threat...
Dingli Cliffs hotel set for refusal after PA board postpones decision
Townscapes
Hotel outside development zones instead of pyrotechnic factory set for refusal...
Malta pitches ‘voice for moderation’ in United Nations Security Council bid
National
‘Discreet’ mediation in conflict resolution is hallmark of...
Abortion and cannabis: Grech’s farewell to big-tent politics?
National
Will the PN parliamentary group’s opposition to cannabis legalisation and...
Council will vote against Dingli hotel, Graffitti hits out at planning travesty
National
Moviment Graffitti dubs permit application for Dingli hotel a “shameless...
Visual study shows how Naxxar towers will contrast with traditional townscape
Townscapes
Urban Design Study claims two-tower development brings ‘enclosure’...
Delimara hotel may get one-storey haircut but extended footprint
Townscapes
Less imposing design reduces hotel height but extends footprint over larger area
Socialists want ‘great shift’, but Malta Labour MEPs will oppose tax plans
Ewropej
Labour MEPs are undaunted by their European socialist counterparts’ big...
79% rate economic situation in Malta as ‘good’
National
But percentage of those who rate economic situation as ‘very good’...
[ANALYSIS] Breaking free? Only 45% of youths set to vote PN and PL
Data & Surveys
39% of 16-35s trust neither party, 25% will not vote, and only 45% are...
St Julian’s: No decision on Palazzina Vincenti scheduling after three years
Townscapes
St Julian’s modernist landmark threatened by 14-storey hotel development
PA reverses decision: application objections to remain public
National
Planning Authority said it opted to follow the guidance as stipulated in...