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.

Central Link: developer wants roadside café
Townscapes
A roadside cafeteria is being proposed instead of a derelict rural building...
‘Guesthouses’ sprawling into residential areas in Birkirkara, Sliema and Gozo
Townscapes
Six-storey guesthouse in Sliema’s Amery Street, five-storey and...
Malta’s only amphibian has its Rabat home, a one-kilometre water channel, restored
Nature
Government agency Ambjent Malta planning to restore Wied Liemu valley...
St Julian’s valley ruins to get green light for guesthouse
Townscapes
Ruins of two houses Wied Ghomor valley houses approved for rebuilding as...
‘Magic wand’ treatment at Planning Authority turns Gozo rabbitry into villa
Townscapes
Controversial permits issued in 1999, 2014, 2018 and 2019 pave way for a villa...
Warning in a circled hour-glass: a new Maltese generation demands action on climate change
Environment
The extinction symbol – a circled hour-glass – is fast becoming the...
74% of Planning Authority zoning applications not accessible to the public
Townscapes
Zoning applications not accessible to the public include a couple of large...
Planning Authority to make an incision in the bastions
Townscapes
The Planning Authority is set to approve its own application, to make an...