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.

Election eve brings green redemption on Marsaskala
Election 2022
Redemption songs: Robert Abela’s decision to abandon plans for a campus...
Converging slogans: why PN and PL slogans are so similar
Election 2022
‘Malta Flimkien’ and ‘Miegħek għal-Malta’ are very...
The carrot (and the stick) in the PN’s manifesto
Election 2022
The Nationalist Party manifesto advocates a new social pact that ties fiscal...
Grech’s Sisyphean predicament: one step forward, two steps back
Election 2022
After showing signs of vitality and preparedness as soon as Abela blew the...
Għarb fireworks factory ‘undeniable threat’ to St Demetrius Chapel
National
Superintendence for Cultural Heritage expressed 'concern' and...
Villa Rosa high-rise could overshadow protected valley, ERA warns
Townscapes
Environmental watchdog concerned on excavation in buffer zone of protected...
Għarb local council objects to fireworks factory near picnic area
Townscapes
Application foresees reconstruction of a fireworks factory, which had left five...
Illegal dumping near helipad could pave way for Gozo airstrip
Townscapes
Heritage watchdog complained that rubble dumped in the area prevented proper...
Protest vindicated: How Zonqor emboldened communities to strike back and win
Environment
In his bid to redeem himself from the shady deals concocted by his predecessor,...
Massive fish farm proposed at edge of Malta’s territorial waters
Environment
Transport Malta has objected to location 22 km south of Marsaxlokk,...
Synagogue and kosher restaurant for prominent Sliema location
Townscapes
The former post office building in Manoel Dimech Street in Sliema, opposite the...
Young and educated: a profile of the Maltese political agnostic in 2022
National
Who are the non-voters who keep the PN and PL guessing and will their numbers...
Infamous Baħrija gate set for PA refusal
Townscapes
Gate in breach of policy securing access to footpaths established before 1967....
Economic growth may have reduced incentive to study, as male early school-leavers increase
National
70% of early school leavers in Malta were employed in 2020, the highest rate...
Supermarket and mall proposed for Burmarrad after local plan changes
Townscapes
Changes to local plan in 2019 allowed offices, retail and catering developments...
[ANALYSIS] Ukraine, a tinderbox waiting to explode
World
What does Vladimir Putin really want and how close are we to a war, which could...
PA approves destruction of vernacular structures at Nigret
Townscapes
Zoning application will see Żurrieq ring-road pass through ODZ,...
Study suggests 17-student limit for MCAST classes
National
Larger class sizes are leading to lower end-of-course scores obtained by MCAST...
Living under COVID-19: 59% of Maltese prefer ‘order’ over ‘personal freedom’
National
Maltese top European charts in choosing order over individual freedom when...
Mdina’s Palazzo Gourgion eyes terrace restaurant, boutique hotel
Townscapes
Large restaurant and seven-room hotel could be in breach of local plan’s...