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.

PA defers decision on stables near Portelli’s Sannat project
Townscapes
Architect asked to ‘verify’ alleged illegalities on client’s...
Less ‘power of incumbency’ at Planning Authority in election run-up
Townscapes
698 planning permits issued during five-week electoral campaign, down from a...
12-year saga for Burmarrad to get its own pharmacy
Townscapes
Burmarrad may finally get pharmacy after court lambasts ‘illegal’...
Under threat: Sliema townhouses opposite scheduled houses
Townscapes
A planning application has been presented to add three new storeys to three...
PN in free-fall, decline across the board for Labour except Gozo, Qormi
Election 2022
Labour suffered a sizeable drop in votes in its Cottonera stronghold as well as...
Could Roberta Metsola be the PN’s messiah for a 2027 bid?
Election 2022
Roberta Metsola’s incredible CV has inevitably boosted her stature as the...
Go Exchange to make way for 127 apartments and 11 shops
Townscapes
Excel Investments, the company owned by Gozitan developer Joe Portelli, has...
The third party vote: a new lease of life for the Greens
Election 2022
A total of 9,308 voters opted for third parties in the 2022 election
22% of Maltese say they tried cannabis once in their life
National
At 30% support for allowing recreational cannabis, Maltese support is second...
Tram or metro? No, the dedicated bus-lane...
National
Rather than focusing on making buses free for all, efforts to promote uptake of...
Former Nationalist MP calls for new liberal democratic movement
National
In 2011, former MP Jean Pierre Farrugia had prophetically warned that a loss in...
Abela leads on his own steam, as the super-majority keeps Labour firmly in power
Election 2022
Robert Abela has won the election with nearly the same amount of votes as...
Chronicles of his defeat, foretold: Grech and the future of the PN
Election 2022
Bernard Grech’s mission was to reduce the gap with Labour to become...
A-level fees removal contributes to higher absentee rate
National
12% absent in A-level exams attributed to removal of fees
What will the undecided do? Four variables influence Sunday’s electoral result
Election 2022
MaltaToday’s rolling survey has consistently given Labour a sure victory...
District breakdown, 10-13: Crowded PN districts and will Gozo go pale red?
Election 2022
James Debono gives his breakdown of the main races on each electoral district...
[WATCH] Robotic Abela enjoys upper hand as Grech adopts combative mode in first TV debate
Election 2022
Robert Abela vs Bernard Grech | Kurt Sansone and James Debono give a...
Lawyers dominate candidate lists of both parties
Election 2022
Labour stronger in financial and business sector, PN has more engineers,...
District breakdown, 5-9: Battle of the leaders in the south
Election 2022
James Debono gives his breakdown of the main races on each electoral district...
Joseph Portelli applies to demolish Birkirkara GO exchange building
Townscapes
Application to demolish building on 3,600sq.m plot gives no details about...