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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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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Results for the Eagle City Council election may not be final just yet.

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Two weeks after Boise State University President Bob Kustra announced he’s leaving his post at the end of the year, another top administrator is stepping down.

 

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Stack Rock Reserve will grow to more than 2,000 acres under a new deal approved by Boise City Council Tuesday.

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For the first time, political candidates across Idaho would have to disclose parts of their finances to run for office under a new proposal from state lawmakers.

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Longer enforcement hours and higher rates could be coming for downtown Boise parking meters early next year. A proposal from the city would mean visitors would no longer enjoy free parking at meters on Saturdays in the downtown core.

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It’s a near-miss lunker. Jason Waidelich had the catch of a lifetime on the Boise River this month when he hooked a rainbow trout that weighed a whopping 19.25 pounds.

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