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James Dawson

Political reporter/news anchor

James Dawson has covered state politics and government for Delaware Public Media and served as its Weekend Edition Saturday host since 2012. He came to Delaware from his home state of Idaho, where he served as a public affairs reporter and news director for the commercial radio network Inland Northwest Broadcasting. His reporting experience included state and local government, arts and culture, crime, and agriculture.

James contributed features and reports to the Northwest News Network, a collection of public radio stations across the Pacific Northwest. He has a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting and digital media from the University of Idaho.

When James isn’t haunting the corridors of Legislative Hall, you might find him brushing up on his photography skills along Delaware's coast, anticipating the Seattle Mariners' next rebuilding season or shamelessly singing while driving all over the First State.

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State elections officials say there’s no evidence of campaign finance fraud or collusion on the Democrats’ side with just over a week left to go before a special election.

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While election season has been over for much of the country since November, Democrats and Republicans in the First State are batting in extra innings for control over the state Senate.

Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long’s Middletown seat is up for grabs with three candidates vying for the chair.  Until it’s filled, the state Senate is deadlocked with 10 Republicans and 10 Democrats.  And its worth noting that the Democrats have held the legislature’s upper chamber for more than 40 years.

Our political reporter, James Dawson, reached out to each candidate for an interview. After multiple requests, Republican John Marino declined our invitation through his campaign manager.

So, we bring you our conversations with the other two candidates – Democrat Stephanie Hansen and Libertarian Joseph Lazendorfer.

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Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt will be the new head of the Environmental Protection Agency even after an attempt by Sen. Tom Carper (D) to delay a confirmation vote.

Gov. John Carney is tapping his cabinet members and others to analyze how to most effectively spend taxpayer money.

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An inmate inside James T. Vaughn Correctional Center the night of a hostage standoff is claiming guards beat prisoners and denied them basic needs following the crisis in a new federal lawsuit.


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Chemours ends its fiscal year with $7 million in profit after paying out a costly settlement to thousands of people claiming the DuPont spinoff is responsible for their cancer diagnoses.

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Delaware boasts three semi-finalists in the prestigious James Beard Foundation awards this year.

Gov. John Carney (D) is appointing two former judges to lead an independent review of what sparked a prison hostage crisis earlier this month that left one correctional officer dead.

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DuPont and its spinoff, Chemours, will pay $670.7 million to settle the roughly 3,500 lawsuits alleging the dumping of chemicals caused cancer in nearby communities.

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With less than two weeks left until a special election deciding control of the state Senate, candidates are intensifying efforts to draw people out to the polls.