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.

Bernard’s Sisyphean predicament: the PN leader’s predicament
National
Bernard Grech keeps rolling an immense boulder up a hill only for it to roll...
With €18 billion in overnight deposits, Malta green bonds could finance metro
National
Leading economists who spoke to MaltaToday believe the €6 billion required...
Metro feasibility study vague on alternative options assessment
National
In full operation, Malta metro will have an annual net cost of €43 million...
Zookeeper’s irregularities sprawl into new site without permit
Townscapes
Environmental watchdog denounces illegal interventions on the Siggiewi zoo...
PA set to say no to ‘bad neighbour’ 10-storey Milner Street hotel
Townscapes
Case officer says proposed 10-storey hotel in Milner Street in Sliema...
First-time buyers who buy a home in village core will get €15,000 grant
Budget 2022
Budget 2022 proposes afforestation of Inwadar park; grant for UCA property buys...
Budget 2022 | Free public transport as from October 2022
Budget 2022
Budget non-committal on metro and still gives no cut-off date for stopping...
Metro: ‘Brave new Malta’ or just talk?
National
Is the metro a dream of a nation coming of age, a construction nightmare in the...
Children ate more fruit but exercised less during COVID lockdown
National
Studies have shed light on the impact of lockdowns on health, with one...
Cruise terminal design will obscure Valletta bastions
National
Innovative design for three-storey Valletta Cruise Port block strongly objected...
Paceville: scheduled Wilga Street could be set for three-storey rise
Townscapes
An entire row of nine, scheduled townhouses on Paceville’s Wilġa Street...
Sliema Tower Road: new 15-storey hotel proposed
Townscapes
Similar request twice previously refused, by planning commission and appeals...
PA’s case officer claims Dingli Cliffs hotel ‘more rural’ than disused building
Townscapes
A Planning Authority case officers has described a brand new hotel at the site...
Heritage watchdog objects to 11-storey hotel abutting Villa Bonici gardens
Townscapes
Superintendence for Cultural Heritage decries unauthorized works carried out in...
Conspiracy nation? One in three think governments produce viruses to control people
National
Maltese rank nineteenth among 27 EU member states in scientific knowledge...
Sheltered Ta’ Qali farmers’ market could include restaurant
Townscapes
Restaurant proposed inside upgraded and sheltered farmers’...
Hiding behind a screen? PA evasive on return of physical meetings
Townscapes
Graffitti wants the reintroduction of physical participation in PA board...
Second interconnector set to ‘complement’ renewable energy generation
Energy
Second interconnector will facilitate integration of any potential...
Comino mortuary worthy of protection at risk of demolition
Townscapes
Archaeologists want Hili development on Comino to be limited to footprint of...
Three reasons motorsport’s land grab is crass governance
National
Government is dishing out precious land that could cater for future industrial...