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.

Dave Thomas / Flickr Creative Commons

A rabid bat found in Eagle is the first case of the virus in Ada County this year.


Maddie Mathes

After 14 hours in a car, and a long weekend camping in the Idaho wilderness, author and former wildland firefighter Jerry Mathes says it was all worth it.

“It was the most amazing thing I’ve seen in nature, really,” Mathes said.

Boise State University’s expansion continues as President Bob Kustra announced plans for a new building to host the School of Public Service during his annual state of the university address.

 

National Cancer Center

Two new drugs developed by Boise State University researchers show promise in killing a wide variety of cancer cells.

Courtesy of Sen. Risch

Idaho Sen. Jim Risch (R) defended President Donald Trump’s threats to unleash “fire and fury” on North Korea Tuesday as tensions over the country’s nuclear weapons program continue to escalate.

 

 

Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

In the wake of the Trump Administration requesting partial social security numbers, dates of birth and other information about registered voters across the U.S., one Idaho state lawmaker is trying to keep that information private – at least partially.

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Enrique Dans / Flickr Creative Commons

Idaho’s first human case of West Nile virus this year has been confirmed in Kootenai County.

Courtesy of National Weather Service

It wasn’t your imagination – the National Weather Service has officially dubbed July the second hottest month on record in Boise since it started collecting data in 1877.

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