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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Townscapes
The Planning Authority’s appeals tribunal has confirmed a 2019 decision...
Italian kids in Maltese schools facing integration problems
National
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After Malta, Germany set to make pot mainstream
National
Malta risked isolation in Europe by ‘legalising’ home growing and...
Qawra lido excavation: four months to clear debris from massive AX project
Townscapes
AX project replacing three Qawra lidos to make way for a 220-space car park...
Marsaxlokk FC removes car park in hostel, old people’s home plans on public garden
Townscapes
The Marsaxlokk football club is no longer seeking to develop a second football...
Heights on protected Wilga Street are ‘necessary evil’ says watchdog
Townscapes
Adding three storeys to a row of protected townhouses is a 'necessary...
Residential development foreseen on former Marsa power station site in proposed planning guidelines
Townscapes
Marsa harbour regeneration plan envisages closure or scaling down of abattoir...
Malta ranked third most optimistic country in Europe
National
Index assessing expectations for the future puts Malta ahead of all European...
ERA drops objections to Siggiewi shooting range
Townscapes
​The Environmental and Resources Authority has dropped its previous objection...
Balzan modernist villa bites the dust for five-storey block
Townscapes
The Planning Authority has ignored the advice of the Superintendence for...
Paceville’s listed buildings: Heritage watchdog agrees with overhead storeys
Townscapes
A planning decision could set a precedent that adds extra storeys on Grade 2...
Pigs exposed to harmful noise from illegal Ħaż-Żebbuġ plant
Environment
The owners of two pig farms in Ħaż-Żebbuġ who have been operating for the...
Marsaxlokk plans to build community centre inside school garden irks councillor
Townscapes
Marsaxlokk council wants to build community centre on 920sq.m of garden space...
Religio et Patria: Maltese in top five ‘most religious’ in Europe
National
The Maltese rank fifth in the EU in attributing importance to religion in their...
[ANALYSIS] An early Christmas? How Abela is lowering the heat
National
The PN needs to keep up the heat on government in its so-far elusive gamble to...
Dak in-naqa Facebook... examiners shocked at bastardised Maltese
National
Examiners blame Facebook for essays in which students use English words and...
Farmers want precautions over extended Qrendi fireworks factory
Townscapes
Superintendence for Cultural Heritage expresses 'its immediate concern'...
Valley Road reservoir could become football pitch
Townscapes
One of the last patches of greenery along Valley Road in Msida is under threat...
Dingli Cliffs hotel set for refusal after PA board postpones decision
Townscapes
Hotel outside development zones instead of pyrotechnic factory set for refusal...
Malta pitches ‘voice for moderation’ in United Nations Security Council bid
National
‘Discreet’ mediation in conflict resolution is hallmark of...