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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Idaho’s unemployment rate ticked down again last month, reaching lows the state hasn’t seen for more than a decade.

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It’s going to cost you more to attend many public Idaho colleges or universities next year.

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As spring turns the Boise foothills green, thousands of sheep begin their biannual grazing journey eastward.

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Recovery from a powerful hurricane continues in Puerto Rico about seven months after it hit the island. In September, Hurricane Maria slammed into the U.S. territory, causing an estimated $90 billion in damage, according to federal officials.

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Significant cash is flowing into Idaho’s first congressional district in the race to replace outgoing U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador.

 

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This weekend, Idaho’s leading Republican candidates for governor jabbed at each other at one of the first debates of the season, each promising they’re the most qualified to lead Idaho into the future.

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Recycling in unincorporated Ada County may cost you a bit more in the near future – or be curbed indefinitely.

Teacher accountability and early childhood education took center stage Tuesday night as candidates hoping to lead Idaho’s school system gathered in Boise.

The CEO of one of Idaho’s most well-known companies is stepping down later this year.

 

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On Friday, Idaho health officials began accepting applications from transgender people trying to align their birth certificates with their gender identities.

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A perennial Idaho political candidate confronted a Boise radio host after learning he wouldn’t be invited to an upcoming gubernatorial debate.

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University of Idaho officials have placed Athletic Director Rob Spear on administrative leave in the wake of a sexual assault reporting scandal.

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Idaho may be known as the land of potatoes, but some farmers are beginning to turn to canola as a new cash crop.

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After 12 years as governor, Butch Otter still says the hardest decisions he’s ever had to make have been whether or not to follow through with the death penalty.

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Gov. Butch Otter on Wednesday allowed some of this year's most contentious measures to become law without his signature, allowing lawmakers to officially close out their work for the session without debating whether to override a pending veto.

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