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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University of Idaho President Chuck Staben has joined some lawmakers and education officials who are skeptical that a proposed “higher education CEO” can save the state tens of millions of dollars a year.

Boise Baroque Chamber Orchestra

Daniel Stern, one of the most well-known figures of classical music in Boise for more than 40 years, is retiring.

Most recently, he’s been the music director for the Boise Baroque Chamber Orchestra since 2005, but he also served in that same role for the Boise Philharmonic for 13 years.

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Idaho lawmakers are taking another swing at making a derivative of marijuana legal for medicinal purposes.

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In newly released documents, three girls say former State Rep. Brandon Hixon sexually assaulted them for several years.

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Take a drive west on Highway 19 towards Wilder and you’ll start to see rows of poles more than a dozen feet tall, piercing the southwest Idaho sky.

It’s here that farmers grow one of the most critical components of beer: hops.

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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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