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.

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National
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Townscapes
Local plan had limited heights to seven floors in area near Bay Street, now...
Hal Far racetrack consultants advise government to relocate refugees due to noise pollution
Townscapes
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National
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Second mosque in Luqa estate, ‘bands’ area moves to Marsa
Townscapes
Islamic organisation granted land in Luqa industrial estate to vacate Ospizio...
ERA go-ahead for Marsaxlokk council offices
Townscapes
ERA gives go-ahead for Marsaxlokk council offices earmarked inside school garden
Refusal recomended for nine-storey Birzebbugia hotel
Townscapes
​The Planning Authority’s case officer is calling on the PA’s...
Portelli behind major Birkirkara development on GO exchange
Townscapes
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Malta has third lowest death rate from preventable diseases
National
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Shanghai Electric hints at plans for Marsa power station site
Townscapes
Ideas being considered for power station site include commercial centre,...
PN plays with fire as it toys with anti-vax vote
National
Bernard Grech – who first endorsed government limited restrictions for...
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National
Former Labour PM recalls resistance to similar anti-corruption magistrate...
Superintendence puts €25,000 tag on Nigret development
Townscapes
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Planning Authority approves Magħtab incinerator that will produce 5% of Malta's energy needs
National
With seven votes against two, the Planning Authority has approved the permit...
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Townscapes
Għaxaq’s band clubs warn that approval of brand new fireworks factory in...
Set for refusal, decision on massive Mġarr solar farm postponed
Townscapes
Decision postponed after PA’s planning commissioner requests solar farm...
10 main takeaways from PN’s anti-mafia and corruption laws
National
What would become illegal if the PN’s anti-corruption package enters...
ERA says yes to Joseph Portelli’s second store on Nadur’s scenic Ġebel l-Aħmar
Townscapes
Captain of high-rise development requesting green light from Planning Authority...
Lidl eyes Qormi supermarket at former Coca-Cola factory
Townscapes
Former General Soft Drinks plant will be turned into five-storey residential...
Why Malta needs a conversation on sex and toxic masculinity
Blogs
What happened in a public garden in Sliema obviously makes women feel more...