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.

Nine-storey hotel proposed near Veċċja cave at St Paul’s Bay
Townscapes
A nine-story hotel is being proposed over an existing terrace at St...
Dumb and dumber? 15% of Maltese think early man lived with dinos
National
In Malta, belief that dinosaurs shared planet with early humans declines by 14...
PN’s two-thirds proposal is for rural policy, ‘not projects’
Environment
PN backtracks on two-thirds majority rule for planning by fine-tuning proposal...
Germany’s and Europe’s next leader: an election of many outcomes
World
Germans vote today in an election that could see the centre-left social...
Burmarrad: illegal storage area paves way for basement parking near San Pawl Milqi
Townscapes
How Bonnici Brothers turned an ODZ plot into a storage site near San Pawl Milqi...
Gozo Curia objects to flats next to Victoria chapel
Townscapes
The Gozo Bishop’s curia is objecting to a zoning application to remove a...
No farmed fish please, we’re Maltese...
National
Only 4% say they prefer farmed to wildly-caught fish, but one-fifth of Maltese...
Health says no to Addolorata crematorium over lack of operational rules
Townscapes
There are yet no rules that can regulate the way crematoriums in Malta will...
[SLIDESHOW] High-end bungalow village will have ‘major negative impact’ on Comino
Townscapes
EIA shows increased density from bungalows on Comino redevelopment will change...
Portelli in Marsaskala: How PA brief paved way for Jerma project
Townscapes
Once earmarked for “mainly” tourist accommodation, a new...
15% of Malta interconnector energy is powered by renewables
National
Malta will need credits from Estonia and Bulgaria to meet EU targets for...
Low-income earners should get separate inflation index
National
Inflation hits low-income groups harder, but hand-outs and COLA ensures the...
Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq caravan site proposed in area where bathing is prohibited
Townscapes
Environment Health Directorate insists that bathing should not be practiced...
Modernist villa overlooking protected St Paul’s Bay coastline under threat
Townscapes
Five-storey block could take place of ‘pleasant and modernist’ villa
Update 2 | PA board approves Manoel Island masterplan with 300 apartments
Townscapes
By the unanimous decision of seven board members after four recused themselves,...
‘Best of times’ for boaters: pleasure boats increase by 7,700 since 2012
National
Malta has over 23,000 boats in its waters, but the pandemic saw a sharp...
Dingli villas at hamlet’s edge ‘excessive’
Townscapes
Four detached villas with two pools are being proposed on agricultural land...
Santa Marija estate woodland threatened by bungalows
Townscapes
Planning Authority approves zoning request for new road paving way to six...
9-11: Twenty years later, a world less safe
World
James Debono goes through the epochal global changes provoked by the Twin...
Local plans: How Labour acts like the PN is still in power
National
Six reasons why Labour is wrong in using the PN’s local plans approved in...