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.

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Idaho House lawmakers will soon debate adding several restrictions to its voter-approved Medicaid expansion program.

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A bill that would add significant new restrictions to Idaho’s initiative process is headed to the full Senate for amendments.

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Idaho’s top health official says he wants to construct new buildings for an embattled mental health facility near Nampa.

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The face of a failed voter initiative to reinstate historic horse racing in Idaho is now lobbying in favor of a bill that would make it harder for citizens to propose laws and put them on the ballot.

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Despite an attempt to deny a packed room the ability to testify, an Idaho Senate Committee will continue hearing testimony later this week on a bill that would make it significantly harder for voter initiatives to qualify for the ballot.

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Dozens of people turned out Friday to defend Idaho’s voter-approved Medicaid expansion against modification. That seems to have given lawmakers pause – at least for now.

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Military members and their spouses could get some help when it comes to getting professional licenses in Idaho under a new bill.

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Supporters of a bill to give voters the chance to weigh in on how urban renewal money is spent flooded an Idaho House Committee Wednesday morning.

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A bill requiring parents to opt their children into sex education classes in Idaho is one step closer to becoming law. Legislators in the Idaho House voted 56-14 to pass the proposal Wednesday morning.

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Idaho House lawmakers have introduced a bill that would add several restrictions and requirements to the state’s voter-approved Medicaid expansion program.

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A new bill introduced Monday would make it exponentially harder to put an initiative on the ballot in Idaho.

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Idaho Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin is facing questions about a photo she posted Thursday on Facebook showing her posing with two men flashing a sign associated with a militia group. The photo had been removed by Thursday night after swift criticism on social media.  

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Idaho House lawmakers brushed off an attempt to allow only someone older than 16 years old to get married.

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An Idaho House Committee has signed off on a bill that loosens minimum mandatory sentences for some drug trafficking offenses after hours of emotional testimony spanning two days.

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A bill that would require parents to opt-in their kids to sex education got significant pushback Tuesday morning.

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