James Dawson

News Director

James Dawson joined Boise State Public Radio as the organization's News Director in 2017. He oversees the station'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.

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Longer enforcement hours and higher rates could be coming for downtown Boise parking meters early next year. A proposal from the city would mean visitors would no longer enjoy free parking at meters on Saturdays in the downtown core.

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It’s a near-miss lunker. Jason Waidelich had the catch of a lifetime on the Boise River this month when he hooked a rainbow trout that weighed a whopping 19.25 pounds.

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After almost 15 years at the helm of Boise State University, President Bob Kustra announced his retirement from the office effective June 30. 

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If you’ve been the victim of a scam through Western Union, you might be able to get some of that money back.

 

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Idaho Democrats are demanding the state cut ties to a program intended to stamp out voter fraud.

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A third of Boise’s city council will get new blood after last night’s election.

 


Jarom Wagoner, a Caldwell city planner, will be the newest member of the Idaho House of Representatives.

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When you cast your ballot today, that choice will be kept private. But dozens of people will know if you showed up to the polls, your name, address and your party affiliation – even if they don’t know for whom you voted.

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University of Idaho President Chuck Staben will not be moving to New Mexico, but will instead stay on in Moscow.

 

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State records show former Idaho State Representative Brandon Hixon is under investigation for sexual abuse.

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It was close, but a last-minute donation last Friday means a yellow, flowering plant commonly found in Military Reserve will be named Lomatium Andrusianum after the late Gov. Cecil Andrus.


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Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

Boise State University is no longer interested in sharing a proposed sports stadium downtown with the city.

 


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One of Idaho’s top political leaders urged the federal government Wednesday to roll back a conservation plan for one of the West’s most iconic animals.


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With November’s election a little more than two weeks away, counties across the Treasure Valley are starting to let residents vote early.

Northwest Nazarene University is retiring the crusader as their mascot effective immediately.

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