James Dawson


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 Morning Edition, 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.

John Green

The Idaho House of Representatives has expelled Rep. John Green (R-Post Falls) just one day after his conviction on a federal tax fraud charge.


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Testimony Wednesday in support of Idaho’s Common Core public school standards outnumbered opposition as state lawmakers consider bagging the standards altogether.

John Green

A Dallas jury has found Idaho state Rep. John Green (R-Post Falls) guilty on one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States in a scheme involving laundering gold coins to avoid paying income taxes.


The Idaho Department of Correction is hoping to send 500 more inmates out of state to ease overcrowding in prisons and county jails, which, in turn, is expected to cost a lot more money.

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The Idaho House and Senate seem to have hit a snag. They haven’t figured out a compromise over how the legislature adopts rules that underpin every facet of state government.

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A federal judge in Idaho has denied a mining company’s request to push pause on a lawsuit brought by a Native American tribe while a potential project undergoes environmental review.

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Idaho lawmakers are digesting the governor’s proposal to give state employees a 2% pay bump in the coming fiscal year.

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Idaho’s Republican Party is urging state lawmakers to correct a loophole that would let voters change their party affiliation on Election Day during the upcoming presidential primary.


Idaho’s texting while driving law could soon be expanded to include all handheld cell phone use, as well as a lot of other distractions, too.

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Idaho Democratic lawmakers are questioning Gov. Brad Little’s (R) conservative budget approach, despite his administration calling revenue growth “red hot.”

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K-12 education remains Gov. Brad Little’s (R) top priority in his proposed budget for fiscal year 2021, with every other facet of state government seeing a combined $57 million cut.

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Idaho lawmakers are back in Boise and have a laundry list of issues they plan to tackle this year, many of which might kind of feel like a broken record from last year. Initiatives? Check. Medicaid funding? Yep. Redistricting? Absolutely.

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State officials are painting a fairly rosy economic picture in Idaho to lawmakers returning for the upcoming session, despite the state collecting less tax revenue than expected.

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University of Idaho is getting closer to funding a new agricultural research center in southwest Idaho after a big donation at the end of the year.

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Idaho drivers will soon need to prove that their vehicles are insured, or risk having their registration yanked.

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Democrats from one Boise legislative district have submitted three names to Gov. Brad Little, who will soon appoint the replacement of Idaho’s outgoing House minority leader.

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Boise City Council is moving ahead with an $8.4 million plan to end homelessness for local families.

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A national group of public servants and academics is urging Idaho political leaders to not take away the independence of the legislature’s watchdog office.

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Presidents of each of Idaho’s public, four-year colleges and universities say there will be no tuition increases for in-state, undergraduate students next year.

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Idaho’s senior senator, Mike Crapo (R), has blocked a bill that would impose economic sanctions on any country found to be meddling in U.S. elections.

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The U.S. Supreme Court this week declined to take up a case from Texas where a transgender inmate sued the state for sex reassignment surgery, which could have implications for a similar case out of Idaho.

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Jonathan Parker, the former Idaho Republican Party Chairman, will be spending two weeks in jail after pleading guilty to stalking his ex-wife.

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The first of two special turkey seasons opened Sunday across four hunting zones running from south of Boise, along the Oregon border and up into Adams County, west of McCall.

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After nearly two weeks of protest, Brigham Young University-Idaho is apologizing and reversing its decision that would’ve barred students from enrolling if Medicaid was their only form of health insurance.

22-year-old Kaydee Edralin is a few credits shy of graduating from college. She’s been saving money by living with her parents in Meridian while she waits to go back to Brigham Young University-Idaho in Rexburg.