James Dawson

Reporter

James Dawson serves as a reporter for Boise State Public Radio's award-winning news department. 

Most recently, he covered state politics and government for Delaware Public Media since the station first began broadcasting in 2012 as the country's newest NPR affiliate. Those reports spanned two governors, three sessions of the Delaware General Assembly, and three consequential elections. His work has been featured on All Things Considered and NPR's newscast division. 

An Idaho native from north of the time zone bridge, James previously served as the public affairs reporter and interim news director for the commercial radio network Inland Northwest Broadcasting. His reporting experience included state and local government, arts and culture, crime, and agriculture.

He's a proud University of Idaho graduate with a bachelor's degree in Broadcasting and Digital Media. When he's not in the office, you can find James fly fishing, buffing up on his photography or watching the Seattle Mariners' latest rebuilding season.

Jacquelyn Martin / AP

Idaho’s senior senator is pushing back against Democrats who tried to delay a hearing on President Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court. 


Douglas Forest Protective Association

An Idaho inmate is being held without bail after a woman accused him of raping her at a wildfire camp in August.

Alaska Airlines

Starting in October, you’ll only be able to bring cats and dogs to serve as an emotional support animal on all Alaska Airlines flights.

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Federal officials are predicting a bumper onion crop in 2018, but local producers are a little skeptical.

Molly Messick / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho Democrats are supporting changes made by the national Democratic Party. They’re backing a new way the party will choose its presidential candidate.

Idahoans with expiring driver’s licenses will have until the end of October to renew them.

Idaho Department of Transportation officials made the move after severe software issues crippled the ability of local driver’s license offices to process these everyday transactions.

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James Dawson / Boise state Public Radio

Idaho’s sheriffs are slugging it out with state transportation officials over computer blackouts at driver’s license offices. These outages have left residents waiting hours or days to renew their license.

James Dawson / Boise State Public Radio

A not guilty plea has been entered for Timmy Earl Kinner, the suspect in a mass stabbing attack that rocked Boise nearly two months ago.

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So far in 2018, the Idaho State Tax Commission has blocked nearly $130,000 in fraudulently filed tax refund requests.

 

Brent Moore / Flickr Creative Commons

After years of courtroom battles, it’s official: farmers and ranchers won’t have to report emissions of animal waste.

U.S. MINT

Beginning late next year, one of Idaho’s most iconic landscapes will be memorialized on the back of a U.S. quarter in November 2019. It will depict the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area.


Ballet Idaho

Ballet Idaho’s holiday tradition of “The Nutcracker” could soon get a makeover with help from major donors and grants.

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Molly Messick / Boise State Public Radio

More and more of Idaho is beginning to dry up. Nearly a third of the state is now officially under drought conditions.

University of Idaho

University of Idaho Athletic Director Rob Spear has been fired. Following a lengthy investigation that found Spear failed to properly report sexual assault allegations, the Idaho State Board of Education unanimously moved Thursday morning to fire the athletic director.

James Dawson / Boise State Public Radio

Four years after closing its doors for renovations, the Idaho State Museum will soon show off its new exhibition spaces.

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