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.

AP Photo/Daisy Nguyen

Controversial speakers at college campuses across the country have sparked protests in recent months – some of which have turned violent.

 

Demonstrations against right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos at University of California Berkeley in February caused $100,000 in damages.

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Matt Corsi / Idaho Fish and Game

Idaho anglers may not have to wait much longer before they’re able to stock their freezer with steelhead.

AP Photo/Tom Davenport, File

It didn’t take him long to manifest his dream of a “white homeland” in Kootenai County. Richard Butler, an aeronautical engineer, moved with his wife, Betty, from California to Hayden Lake, Idaho in 1973.

Nestled among trees of the north Idaho countryside, Butler established the Church of Jesus Christ Christian four years later, along with the Aryan Nations, his infamous group that eventually drew more than 100 white supremacists to north Idaho each year to promote his message of hate and intolerance.  

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Micron Technology

Some workers at Micron’s Boise headquarters will be getting pink slips as the semiconductor giant shifts manufacturing duties to Taiwan.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions put Boise State University in his crosshairs Tuesday as he blasted universities for guidelines he says limit free speech.

Darin Oswald / Idaho Statesman

U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo (R) has introduced a bill to expand sales of switchblade knives across the country.

 

 

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Ashley Smith / Times-News

Wildfires across the country this year have charred millions of acres, threatened homes and burned cultural landmarks. They've also set a record.

 

ITD

Wildfires in the west have become more common and gobble up more acres of land than in the past – but charred homes and forests may not be the only damage left behind. Waterways may also be at risk.

Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

A handful of organizations will rally Saturday at the Idaho capitol in Boise to show their support for protections for children of undocumented immigrants.

Katherine Jones / Idaho Statesman

The political legacy of a man that spanned four decades and rippled across Idaho packed a Boise State University ballroom Thursday to celebrate his life.


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.

 

 

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