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.

Rise in planning permits leads to new ‘ODZ commission’
National
Five new recruits increase PA salary bill by €272,000
Building mad: Record-breaking 13,000 permits issued by PA
National
Newly-approved dwellings up by 376% since 2013
Lidl’s Fgura plans hit brick wall
Townscapes
Lidl’s plans for a new supermarket on the site of a scrap-yard along Triq...
Sant Antnin water treatment plant to re-open in 2020
National
The Sant Antnin plant is now destined to outlive its original purpose and will...
Shoreline residences approved but Labour MP raises concern over full Smart City impact
Townscapes
The Planning Authority board has approved the development of 372 apartments and...
Mistra ridge mega-project has permit renewed
Townscapes
The development was granted a permit with a five-year validity back in 2013 and...
Planning Authority set to approve Smart City and Mistra projects with 1,100 apartments
Townscapes
In a busy day for the Planning Authority, the board is set to approve two...
Mistra project permit renewal not being assessed by new high-rise policy
Townscapes
Planning rules ban high-rise on ridges, but a 2006 local plan allowing...