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.

Superintendence for Cultural Heritage green-lights Suq tal-Belt canopies
Townscapes
Arkadia has presented new canopy design for the tables and chairs area in front...
Four reasons Labour is at loss when called out by Graffitti
National
Graffitti are a tough nut to crack for Labour: it is confused on how to react...
Qormi farm’s crops could make way for cars
Townscapes
An abandoned agricultural plot could be turned into a 3,000sq.m...
22 years later, Malta alone in not ratifying European Landscape Convention
Townscapes
Assessment of ratification of European Landscape Convention signed by Malta in...
Iconic Mdina view threatened by Ta’ Qali sports complex
Townscapes
Cultural heritage watchdog warns of major loss to cultural heritage 
[ANALYSIS] The rogue conservatism which keeps defining the PN
National
In its inflexible, ideological opposition to preimplantation genetic testing...
Għaxaq council collects petition against proposed fireworks factory that threatens village feast
National
The Għaxaq council and the locality’s two band clubs argue that the...
MaltaToday Survey: Are Nationalists facing another haemorrhage?
Data & Surveys
Grech’s latest problem: a 26-point drop in trust among PN voters...
GRECO verdict on Malta: insufficient progress
National
Despite significant progress with a first attempt at regulating revolving doors...
Bahrija gate: new appeal could set precedent to block public access
Townscapes
Test case could set precedent for other gates blocking access to coastline, as...
Brussels to verify high radioactivity levels in Malta-Sicily pipeline route
Ewropej
Sicilian regional authorities call for re-routing of Malta-Sicily gas pipeline...
Ghost of permits past returns to haunt Kalkara valley
Townscapes
Renewal application presented to extend life of permit for 88 apartments and 93...
Land reclamation: decision imminent after conclusion of studies
Environment
  In major test for new government’s environmental credentials,...
First snail farm seeks green light for caviar production
Townscapes
Plans have been submitted for the development of an underground snail farm that...
Girls more likely to study sciences and languages, MATSEC report
National
More female students are likely to combine language studies with physics and...
Developers drop plans for controversial supermarket at Burmarrad
Townscapes
The application for a supermarket proposed outside the development zones in...
Superintendence shoots down new plans for Mgarr solar farm
Townscapes
Superintendence for Cultural Heritage insists revised plans do not change the...
Naxxar council objects to PL minority leader’s ODZ project
Townscapes
Minority leader Marlon Brincat declares conflict of interest and says he has...
‘Accident-prone’ construction industry has most workplace injuries
National
In Malta, six from nine workplace fatalities in 2021 were foreign workers, with...
Earth Garden festival-goers to get harm-reduction tips on drugs
Music
Know your drugs: booths and workshops during Earth Garden festival to inform...