James Dawson

News Director

James Dawson joined Boise State Public Radio as the organization's News Director in 2017. He oversees the station'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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U.S. beef prices are down slightly from this time last year, though that shouldn’t necessarily worry ranchers because prices could rebound by the end of the year.

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Idaho Senator Jim Risch is praising the Trump Administration’s first steps in attempting to disarm North Korea’s nuclear weapons stockpile.

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Traffic on Canyon County’s main highway could get a little bit lighter in the near future.

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A handful of rangeland wildfires have cropped up in southwest Idaho despite recent rain showers across the region.

Four different fires near Grand View, Kuna, Marsing and Murphy have been contained this week – the largest of which burned more than 200 acres.

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The push to expand Medicaid to tens of thousands of Idahoans is one step closer to landing in the hands of voters. Ada County Deputy Clerk Phil McGrane says counties across the state have verified 58,000 signatures on an initiative to ask voters if they want to extend Medicaid eligibility to low-income residents.

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With southern Idaho reservoirs near capacity and mountain snowpack continuing to melt, the Boise River is taking on a lot of extra water.

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Boise's new orange bag recycling program asks customers who live in residential buildings with fewer than eight units to sort their recyclables, after 10 years of a simpler mixed recycling service.

Courtesy of Governor Butch Otter's office

Judge John Stegner of Moscow will be the next Idaho Supreme Court Justice. 

Governor Butch Otter appointed his former campaign manager to the open seat vacated by retiring Justice Warren Jones.

"Judge Stegner’s record alone speaks volumes about his commitment to the law, his community and our state," Otter said in a statement. "He understands and has the professional acumen and civic virtue to address the underlying issues impacting Idaho’s courts."

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Republican congressional candidate Russ Fulcher suffered broken ribs and minor scrapes after losing control of his motorcycle Friday afternoon.

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It’s been another strong month for Idaho’s job market. The state added more than 1,300 jobs in April.

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Idaho Republican leaders on Thursday rallied behind a message of unity just days after many of them faced off in heated and contentious primary contests.

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Cat lovers can get a caffeine buzz while scoping out potential furry friends in Hailey later this year.

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After months of skyrocketing home prices in Ada County, April saw a slight dip.

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Blaine County is the latest part of Idaho to feel the squeeze of falling recycling prices.

 

 

As part of our coverage of the 2018 election, we’re bringing you conversations with each of the candidates running for governor who face a primary challenge.

James Dawson spoke with Dalton Ben Cannady, a 38-year-old single father of two from Boise who is running his campaign without much of a budget.

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