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 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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Health officials have announced Idaho’s first three deaths due to coronavirus – 13 days after the state confirmed its first case of COVID-19.

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Twelve days after Idaho confirmed its first case of coronavirus, Gov. Brad Little (R) issued a statewide stay-at-home order to try to halt the disease from spreading further than it already has.

 

 


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Callers on a tele-town hall Tuesday continued to ask why Gov. Brad Little (R) isn’t mandating that Idahoans shelter in place amid the global COVID-19 pandemic.

 


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The Idaho legislature has officially gone home after an acrimonious session that was marked by controversial social issues. But lawmakers’ exit from Boise leaves the governor free use of his veto stamp, if he chooses.

 

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Idaho health officials are issuing an isolation order for Blaine County – the state’s first mandatory lockdown in an area that has reported the most confirmed cases of COVID-19 so far.

 

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As the Idaho legislature continues to meet, it is doing so with fewer and fewer of its members sitting behind their desks due to concerns over spreading the coronavirus.

 

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Idaho officials are discouraging gatherings of more than 10 people and telling them not to dine-in at bars and restaurants, one day after the federal government issued these guidelines.

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In the waning days of the 2020 Idaho legislative session, state senators are rolling the dice on a bill that would ban transgender people from changing their birth certificates, something that's almost certainly to be challenged in court.

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Shortly after issuing a statement saying they were taking “proactive steps” to halt the spread of coronavirus, House Republicans promoted an end of the session party in downtown Boise.

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Gov. Brad Little (R) faced doubts about the way his administration has handled the extra time Idaho has had to prepare for the coronavirus during a tele-town hall Tuesday.

 


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The Idaho Secretary of State’s office is urging voters to get an absentee ballot instead of voting in-person during the upcoming May primary.

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The Idaho Senate has backed a bill that would forbid transgender girls and women from playing on sports teams that align with their gender identity.

 

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Bars, restaurants and concert halls across the country are being shuttered to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. But the only way to get an initiative on the ballot in Idaho requires campaigners to come face to face with residents and ask for signatures of support – efforts that may be torpedoed as health concerns continue to rise.

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Gov. Brad Little (R) has declared a state of emergency in Idaho as the state tries to bulk up its defenses against the coronavirus and head off any kind of spike in cases as one of the few areas of the country left without a confirmed diagnosis.

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Idaho senators gave their approval to a bill that bars the state from using affirmative action in its hiring decisions.

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Transgender Idahoans have come under fire at the state capitol this year, and in particular, transgender athletes. The House has approved a bill banning transgender girls and women from competing on teams with which they identify. It’s currently awaiting action in the Senate.

 

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A state Senate committee has given a green light to a bill that would block transgender people from changing the sex on their birth certificates.

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A bill that would overhaul the way medical debt collectors operate in Idaho is headed to the governor’s desk. State senators Monday signed off on the proposal 32-1.

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State Senate Republicans severely limited testimony Monday on a bill that would ban transgender girls and women from competing on sex segregated sports teams.

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As cases of coronavirus continue to grow in the U.S., Idaho is taking steps to try to slow its eventual migration to the state.

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Idaho House lawmakers have signed off on a bill blocking most public money going to clinics that provide abortions.

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Idaho senators Monday introduced a new bill that would limit the ability of young transgender people from changing the gender marker on their birth certificates.

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A bill that would bar transgender people from changing the gender marker on their birth certificates would cost taxpayers more than $1 million to defend in court, and a case they’d likely lose, according to the state attorney general’s office.

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Lawmakers who oversee the state’s budget grilled the Idaho Transportation Department Friday morning over an investigation that found the agency paid contractors bonuses for possibly poor paving work two years ago after technicians altered quality assurance test results.

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Most House Republicans ignored a federal court order by passing a bill to ban transgender people from changing the gender marker on their birth certificates.


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