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.

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Nearly two weeks after general elections were held, another round of voting starts up Monday in Boise and Caldwell.


Brigham Young University-Idaho, the state’s largest private university, no longer counts Medicaid as an acceptable form of health insurance for full-time students who are required to have coverage while enrolled.

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Incumbent Boise Mayor Dave Bieter and City Council President Lauren McLean didn’t pull any punches at the first candidate forum held since a runoff became official last week.

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Disgraced former lawmaker, John McGee, says he will not challenge Caldwell’s decision to hold a runoff election to decide a city council race.

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State lawmakers are considering moving the legislature’s independent watchdog division under their supervision.

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Gov. Brad Little is ordering most state agencies to cut their budget requests for next year in the face of an uncertain economy.

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A group of Idaho lawmakers have finalized their recommendations on how the state should pay for Medicaid expansion, with counties expected to pony up for part of the bill.

Boiseans have overwhelmingly said they want a voice when it comes to the future of library and sports stadium projects in the city. James Dawson reports.

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After being stuffed in a neglected corner of the Idaho Capitol where staff was the main audience, an exhibit on the state’s first women legislators is moving to a new home.

Idaho Congressman Russ Fulcher says a third-party vendor who mistakenly sent taxpayer-funded mailers outside of his district has refunded the money. James Dawson reports.

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Enrollment for Idaho’s voter-approved Medicaid expansion officially begins Friday. For the next several weeks, St. Luke’s will be helping people fill out Medicaid enrollment forms at locations in Boise, Meridian, Nampa and Twin Falls.

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An Idaho District Court judge will now have to decide whether or not top legislators can even bring a lawsuit against the state treasurer without both the House and Senate signing off on the case.

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Elected officials will square off in an Ada County courtroom Thursday afternoon as legislators are seeking to evict the state treasurer from the state Capitol.

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Boise’s former chief lobbyist was actively directing city staff on projects while simultaneously working for Mayor Dave Bieter’s re-election campaign earlier this summer.

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Lawyers representing several homeless people are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reject a request from the city of Boise to review the legality of its anti-camping ordinance.

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Two Republican state lawmakers are working on a bill to set a minimum marriage age in Idaho after the House rejected a similar proposal from Democrats earlier this year.

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The number of traffic deaths in the U.S. has fallen for the second year in a row. 36,560 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2018 in the U.S., according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Idaho state Rep. John Green (R-Post Falls) could soon get his guns back as he awaits trial in Texas on a felony charge to defraud the United States.

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After Republicans blasted Boise State University’s diversity programs this past summer, state lawmakers from both parties squared off in a debate Tuesday night on the issue.

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An independent, federal watchdog agency has found some states that have implemented work requirements for Medicaid recipients did not reveal the full costs to get those programs running.

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Boise officials said Amber Pence, the city’s former chief lobbyist, didn’t violate any policies when she simultaneously kept her job and was hired on full time to Mayor Dave Bieter’s re-election campaign this summer.

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A transgender Idaho inmate can begin to get her initial treatment prior to undergoing court-ordered sex reassignment surgery.

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Scott Graf / Boise State Public Radio

Despite new homes coming on the market last month, demand is still outpacing supply in much of the Treasure Valley.

The latest median home price for Ada County is just shy of $350,000, according to Boise Regional Realtors, which tracks real estate data.

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Amber Pence, the City of Boise’s former chief lobbyist, was hired by and worked for Mayor Dave Bieter’s re-election campaign while still employed by the city.