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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A lawsuit alleging Idaho severely underfunds its public defense system can now continue as a class action. That means tens of thousands of people could be eligible, with significant changes to Idaho's justice system possible if they win.

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An Idaho District Court judge has ruled that the state now faces a class action lawsuit from those claiming the public defense system is severely underfunded.

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A panel of Idaho lawmakers on Wednesday rejected proposed legislation that would have required lawmakers to disclose some of their personal financial information.

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Idaho’s controversial laws shielding those who practice faith healing from criminal charges could soon get another challenge.

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Idaho’s first cider house could become a reality later this year.

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Canyon County officials say former state representative Brandon Hixon was found dead at his home Tuesday morning of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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In his final State of the State address, Gov. Butch Otter (R) unveiled a significant tax cut and an ambitious healthcare plan to cover high-risk individuals under Medicaid.

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As Bogus Basin fans might have realized, it hasn’t been a great snow year for the area so far, but that’s not necessarily the case for the rest of the state.

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Blaine County is considering withdrawing from a state program in an attempt to disincentivize local prosecutors from seeking the death penalty and to take a stand against the practice over objections from the local prosecutor.

 

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State health officials have reported another five flu deaths, bringing the total to 13 – the most deadly start to the flu season in recent history.

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Once you’re old enough to read, it’s hard not to notice the sign: “Welcome to Historic Lewiston, Idaho – Idaho’s First Territorial Capital.”

A pack of seven wolves has been found in the Boise Foothills.

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The Bureau of Land Management will cancel a plan to round up more than 100 wild horses near Challis after a lawsuit filed by an animal rights group. 

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Air Force officials have passed Boise over for its controversial F-35 stealth fighter jet mission.

 

The jets should arrive at Truax Field just north of Madison, Wisconsin and Dannelly Field in Montgomery, Alabama sometime in 2023.

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It’s official: The City of Boise will start charging visitors to park in the main downtown core on Saturdays beginning next year.

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City of Boise officials will not charge a former Boise State football player in connection with a recent on-campus assault. 

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It's unlikely one of the Idaho Transportation Department’s main administration headquarters will stay in Shoshone.

The Idaho Transportation Department’s drivers licensing system is now back online more than a week after a computer error shut down most facilities statewide.

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After a tie-breaking vote from Mayor Dave Bieter, Boise City Council is moving ahead with proposed parking changes downtown.

 

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More than 100 businesses have signed a letter in support of changing Idaho’s non-compete law after it was amended less than a year ago, saying it went too far.

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Gov. Butch Otter (R) has signed a disaster declaration for a north-central Idaho town that’s been without a public water system since last month.

 

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Nampa Police will pack pellet guns during their patrols of the downtown core this weekend.

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Skiers and snowboarders have more options this weekend as winter starts to take hold across Idaho mountains.

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Democratic state Rep. Paulette Jordan is entering the crowded race for Idaho’s governor.

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No changes are coming to Eagle City Council after county officials conducted a recount Thursday morning.

 

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