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.

Malta’s youths are undecided (the PN gets the grey vote and Labour rules middle-aged voters)
Data & Surveys
Five takeaways from the MaltaToday survey: Labour loses ground among...
Marsaskala outrage over marina nobody wants, has bidders concerned
Townscapes
Ian Borg’s Transport Malta regulator sticks to minimum 700-berth marina,...
Watchdogs shoot down Kalkara 10-villa project
Townscapes
Kalkara council, ERA and Superintendence for Cultural Heritage object to villa...
Ramla Bay seven-storey resort will dominate Marfa views
Townscapes
Demolition of old hotel for three new blocks will raise Ramla hotel to seven...
Mintoff got Zorba the Greek composer to pen Malta’s Freedom Day hymn in 1979
Music
Labour premier got Marxist rebel Mikis Theodorakis to write hymn commemorating...
Valletta al fresco: nearly 70 ‘dining areas’ approved since 2016
National
122 requests for outdoor tables and chairs, 84 of which since 2015 rules for al...
General election: Abela keeps PN on their toes but looks to 2022
National
A 2021 election seems extremely unlikely after Robert Abela announced that the...
Swimming pools cost the environment dearly
Environment
Bowsers extracted over 543,000 cubic metres of water, unbilled, then...
Plans for Xemxija marina foresee berthing for 168 boats
Townscapes
Xemxija marina will cover an area of four large football grounds and would...
Nobody in Labour will take paternity for the yacht marina nobody wants
National
Not even the Prime Minister wants paternity of the Marsaskala marina, a...
Garden of Eden: owners to restore illegal car park to natural state
Townscapes
Restoration of illegal car park over 5,000sq.m gets backing...
Mosta windmill: five-storey block targets farmhouse
Townscapes
Cultural Heritage watchdog objects to demolition of farmhouse and attempt to...
1997 report warned marina will ‘spoil Marsaskala’s character’
National
Study gave low ranking to a marina in Marsaskala compared to other locations...
Scramble for deliverables: the ministers of embellishment
National
Cabinet members whose portfolios includes either park or fund management are...
Taliban blowback: from friend to foe to power-brokers
World
20 years after 9-11, the Taliban are back in power as the Afghan national army...
Holy cow: Maltese among least likely to cut down on meat for planet
Environment
Frugal Maltese more likely than other Europeans to cut down on disposables and...
Muscat, from statesman to nuisance: five takeaways from his interview
National
Has Joseph Muscat relegated himself from the once-statesman with European...
Malta aims for 2030 hydrogen import through gas pipeline
Energy
Market research study launched to determine interest in hydrogen production in...
Ta’ Giorni high-rise would tower over Balluta Bay
Townscapes
PA advisors want considerable mitigation measures to three-tower project that...
Watchdog wants Joseph Portelli’s irregular Nadur ‘store’ removed
Townscapes
‘Store with a view’ in Gozo construction magnate’s field...