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.

Monks force haircut for Rabat penthouse that went too high
Townscapes
Court upholds Augustinian claim against leaseholder who breached 1957 order not...
After Abela became prime minister, Planning Authority opted for in-house lawyer
National
The Planning Authority is no longer subcontracting its legal services to a...
Għaxaq fireworks factory recommended for approval despite farmers’ objections
Townscapes
New planning application foresees 4,000-sq.m extensions to Qrendi...
St Julian’s: Four-storey rise on Sacred Heart Avenue raises alarm
Townscapes
St Julian’s residents fear domino effect on entire row of townhouses if...
Minimum-wage earners in Malta amongst likeliest to endure material deprivation
National
21% of minimum-wage earners suffer material deprivation in Malta
Labour turns developer with five-storey Gżira block
Townscapes
Labour Party wants to redevelop townhouse housing its Gżira club into a...
BirdLife wants study of impact of Xuereb lido on Salina reserve
Nature
AX Holdings proposing extensive excavation and construction works for 309-space...
St Julian’s: Modernist landmark threatened by Stivala’s 14-storey hotel
Townscapes
Palazzina Vincenti, designed by renowned architect Gustavo Vincenti, could get...
Good cop, bad cop in Labour’s propaganda show: the Stagno Navarra factor
National
Is Abela the ‘good cop’ who condemned Stagno Navarra for his zeal...
Major impact on Għadira views from Mellieħa hotel expansion
Townscapes
Burial site and battery to be showcased incorporated in the landscaping of the...
Transport Malta vetoes 9-storey block next to Mikiel Anton Vassalli bridge
Townscapes
Transport Malta is objecting to a nine-storey complex on a site designated by...
General election date: How Abela toyed with cry-wolf PN
National
As MaltaToday correctly anticipated in September when it called off rumours of...
Cultural heritage watchdog ignored on seven-storey Xlendi development
Townscapes
The Superintendence for Cultural Heritage had strongly objected to an unsightly...
Corruption is not a top issue for many: so should we stop talking about it?
National
Why is corruption so low on the list of the electorate’s priorities?...
Party donation reports still being verified on eve of election
National
Impossible to verify donations parties have recieved on eve of election because...
Illegal batching plant operating despite enforcement order
Townscapes
Illegal batching plant in Siggiewi operating day and night three years after...
Bernard Grech’s speech: A blueprint for an unlikely government
Budget 2022
In one of his finest moments, Bernard Grech gave Malta a glimpse of a future PN...
Free buses, less cars? A long road ahead for Malta’s traffic-clogged roads
National
Free buses means €546 back in people’s pockets for daily commuters....
Inwadar afforestation ‘dream come true’ for park managers
Nature
Tree-planting will have to be sensitive to coastal environment and follow...
San Antonio hotel lido takes over Bugibba’s perched beach
Townscapes
The  bar was abusively moved next to a 312sq.m sunbed area, which forms...