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.

Scott Ki / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho’s attorney general has added his support for Nevada in a recent court filing as the state tries to carry out its first execution since 2006. 

If you’ve been planning to get a new driver’s license in Idaho this week, you might have to postpone your trip. 

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A Holocaust denier who recently ran a failed campaign for the U.S. Senate in California has told North Idaho residents he wants to build a “regional capital” there.

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118 goats chomped on rosebuds, bushes and lawns for nearly two hours as they clip-clopped down a Boise neighborhood street Friday morning.

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The Boise Weekly has a new owner. The Idaho Press announced it would be buying the alt-weekly Thursday morning.

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Much of last year’s damage to the Boise Greenbelt has been repaired after heavy snowfall melted into a rushing torrent that chomped on pieces of the riverbank, but one part of the trail still needs to be put back together.

CBD, CBD oil, hemp
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CBD oil is a derivative of marijuana with little to none of the ingredient that gets you high. It’s becoming wildly popular as a homeopathic treatment for many conditions.

But despite its rising stock across the country, laws in some states like Idaho can leave consumers in the dark about whether they’re doing something illegal.

University of Idaho

The University of Idaho Athletics Department inadequately responded to a 2013 sexual assault case involving a football player. That’s the conclusion of an external review released Tuesday evening.

sun valley, sun
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Flights to Sun Valley will be up overall next year, but depending on where you’re flying from, it may be harder to get to the slopes.

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Nurses across Idaho will soon have a chance for more training when it comes to collecting evidence from victims of sexual assault.

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It’s been nearly a month after a mass stabbing in Boise left one child dead and eight other people hospitalized – all of them refugees. Now, the city’s arts community is adding its voice to those supporting the victims.

Idaho Capitol Dome
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After never getting a floor vote earlier this year, state lawmakers looking to overhaul Idaho’s campaign finance law could return to the capitol next year with several bills in hand.

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It’s official: Idahoans will get to vote on whether the state should expand Medicaid coverage to low-income residents.

Timmy Earl Kinner, Timmy Kinner, Boise Stabbing
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Monday morning, an Idaho District Court judge denied a request to ban photo, video and audio recordings during a hearing for the suspect connected to a recent mass stabbing attack in Boise, leading to outbursts both in and outside the courtroom. 

Idaho Statesman

St. Luke’s has sued Idaho’s prison healthcare contractor over what it claims are low reimbursement rates and underpaid medical bills. 

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