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.

Flying to Gozo more than double emissions of cars driving from MIA
National
An environmental impact assessment for a proposed Gozo airstrip confirms that...
Missing bridges to be rebuilt in Balluta Buildings restoration
Townscapes
The second phase of the restoration of Balluta Buildings will foresee the...
[WATCH] Good laws but only on paper: Malta takes no action on unauthorised pesticides
Environment
No investigation being held on root cause of maximum pesticide residue levels...
Bahrija gate not illegal, owners claim in planning appeal
Townscapes
Landowners in Baħrija are now claiming they never needed a permit to install a...
75% of Maltese want greater EU military cooperation after Ukraine invasion
National
After Russia invaded Ukraine, the public mood in Malta favours greater EU...
Ramla beach masterplan to harmonise kiosks, include clinic and police station
Townscapes
The Gozo Ministry’s masterplan for Ramla Bay includes a...
Party debts: the case for state funding
National
Indebted political parties are bad news for democracy as it makes them even...
Suq tal-Belt delays enforcement as Arkadia present new canopy plans
Townscapes
New plans for Arkadia’s Valletta food court’s new canopy design...
Marsaxlokk fields and farms eyed for tourist accommodation
Townscapes
Seven-block ‘hotel’ proposed on livestock farms sand agricultural...
Not really downsized: Mgarr solar farm developers appeal planning refusal
Townscapes
Developers claim Mgarr solar farm ‘downsized’ after talks with...
Discount giant Eurospin eyes Marsa supermarket
Townscapes
The Italian low-cost supermarket giant Eurospin is behind plans to develop a...
Hardstone quarry proposed at Bengħajsa
Environment
A new quarry is being proposed over a 6,200sq.m plot of agricultural land at...
Four-storey block will create blank party wall over Ta’ Ħaġrat
Townscapes
The demolition of a two-storey building in Mgarr could lead to a four-storey...
Bulky Ramla Bay hotel extension will radically change Marfa views
Townscapes
PA set to approve three-block, seven-storey Ramla Bay extension as case officer...
16-storey Marsa tower axed down to six floors
Townscapes
Developers have revised plans for a 16-storey tower in Marsa which was set to...
Grech’s autopsy: brutal honesty or self-preservation?
National
Bernard Grech’s public autopsy of his party’s precarious financial...
Balzan’s iconic pink ‘Diamond house’ façade saved after heritage appeal
Architecture
Controversial decision sparked public outrage in the architectural community...
Paceville’s quaint townhouse row faces Westin expansion
Townscapes
Westin Dragonara hotel wants Planning Authority to change zoning rules in...
French voters pick between a peg on the nose or a stinky raspberry
Europe
France chooses: will Mélenchon’s left-wing voters hold a peg on...
St George’s Bay tent structure returns after tribunal’s concession
Townscapes
Appeals tribunal overturns PA’s refusal for permanent glass structure...