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
Commission chairperson Elizabeth Ellul votes against the Balluta development...
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National
13 councils in Central Malta warn that environmental projects in their...
ERA gives cold shoulder to proposed 26-storey hotel outside Regional Road tunnels
Townscapes
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St George’s Bay developer to pay €500,000 less to environment fund
Townscapes
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National
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Townscapes
Superintendence objects to five-storey home for the elderly in Zebbug
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Townscapes
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Health
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