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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The U.S. House Thursday passed a bill that would raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. Republicans have vowed to block it in the Senate, but Idaho voters might get to weigh in on the issue next fall.

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Former Ada County Treasurer Vicky McIntyre has taken a plea deal with no jail time after originally being charged with seven felonies for misusing public money.


As temperatures heat up, a familiar and potentially dangerous sight of summer is returning to Brownlee Reservoir.

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Boise State University students are pushing back against a group of Republican state lawmakers who blasted spending on programs aimed at boosting diversity.

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The City of Bovill may be best known by University of Idaho alumni as a place to get a drink in rural Latah County. But right now, it’s facing an administrative crisis that only Idaho's top elected official has the power to solve.

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After last year’s outcry over a proposed CVS pharmacy on State Street, the City of Boise is looking to create a more pedestrian-friendly zone west of downtown.

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How complicated is sex reassignment surgery, how easy is it to find a doctor who can do it and health insurance that will pay for it? And who should pay for it in prison?

A hot real estate market in the Treasure Valley isn’t just affecting those buying or selling a house. Ada County is seeing a high number of homeowners appealing their valuations.

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By just two votes, former Congressman Raul Labrador will serve as the next chairman of the Idaho Republican Party.

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Starting Monday, Idaho’s first responders will be able to draw more easily workers’ compensation for job-related, post-traumatic stress.

“I’m driving through the parking lot going, ‘Man, if I see any cars I know, I’m not going,’ and then you park a couple blocks out, you do the army crawl, hide behind bushes and get in there,” said Boise Fire Captain Rob Christensen, remembering the first time he went to a counselor.

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Ada County prosecutors are weighing their options when it comes to sentencing two men who claim they were hauling industrial hemp through the state.

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UPDATE: After months of back and forth tensions, Boise City Council unanimously rejected two ordinances that would require residents to vote on whether to approve a new library and sports stadium.

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It’s been nearly a year since Boise experienced one of the most shocking crimes in the city’s history. The mass stabbing on that final day in June left physical and mental wounds that have begun to heal. But for some in the refugee community, there’s still a lingering pain.

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Idaho lawmakers are searching for ways to pay for the state’s impending Medicaid expansion bill and counties may help shoulder some of it.

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Court records show former Idaho Republican Party Chair Jonathan Parker’s latest arrest stems from allegedly trespassing near his estranged wife’s apartment complex two months ago.

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Former Idaho Republican Party Chairman Jonathan Parker was taken into custody again on a misdemeanor trespassing warrant during his court appearance on a felony stalking charge Friday morning.

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Most of Idaho’s congressional delegation is getting behind a bill that would splinter off member states of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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According to new court documents, former Ada County Treasurer Vicky McIntyre plans to argue at trial that the county doesn’t draw a clear line when it comes to personal and business expenses.

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Federal officials in Idaho are taking public comment on a new plan that would let them kill wolves and other predators.

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Federal officials say a move to reclassify high-level nuclear waste will not affect an agreement to remove that material from Idaho, though there are some skeptics.

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A group of wildlife advocates is suing the federal government, saying they need to have more of a role in helping to prevent grizzly bear deaths on national forest land in Idaho and Wyoming.

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The company managing nuclear waste cleanup at Idaho National Laboratory says it’s one step closer to tackling the site’s backlog.

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The Salvation Army is most visibly known for its bell ringers who stand outside of grocery stores during the holiday season. They have also dabbled in the thrift store business, but the last of the group's stores in Boise will close its doors in the coming weeks.

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Jonathan Parker, the former chairman of the Idaho Republican Party, has been arrested on a felony first-degree stalking charge.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture says states can’t block the interstate transportation of hemp, but law enforcement in Idaho says it won’t follow those guidelines.