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James Dawson

Political reporter/news anchor

James Dawson has covered state politics and government for Delaware Public Media since the station first began broadcasting in 2012. Those reports have spanned two governors, three sessions of the General Assembly and three consequential elections. 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 at Legislative Hall, you might find him brushing up on his photography skills along Delaware's coast and anticipating the Seattle Mariners' next rebuilding season.

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Whether the death penalty returns to Delaware is now in the hands of the state Senate and Gov. John Carney (D).

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Health insurance giants Anthem and Cigna continue their acrimonious court battle after two federal judges torpedoed a planned merger over antitrust concerns.


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A cross-country cycling trip isn't the only thing former Gov. Jack Markell (D) has to occupy his time these days – he’s also secured his first private sector gig.


David Matusiewicz and his sister, Amy Gonzalez, are appealing the life sentences they received last year on federal cyberstalking charges.


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Dogfish Head Brewery founder Sam Calagione won a prestigious Beard award Monday night, named the nation’s most outstanding beer, wine or spirits professional.

It’s an honor that’s been a long time coming. Calagione had been nominated in each of the last six years, but did not win. 

About a year ago – Delaware Public Media’s James Dawson sat down with Calagione  to discuss craft brewing and his business approach as outlined in his book Off-centered Leadership: The Dogfish Head Guide to Motivation, Collaboration & Smart Growth.

With Calagione winning a Beard award, we thought it’d be worth looking back at that conversation in this week’s Enlighten Me.

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National Guard and military reserve members in Delaware could soon apply their training to any state requirements in getting a professional license.

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The entire House will get its say on whether to reinstate Delaware’s death penalty.

State lawmakers will once again consider legalizing physician-assisted suicide.

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Legislative Hall will again be the battleground for those who want to reinstate the death penalty and advocates who want to keep it off the books.

First State Republicans have a nearly complete makeover at the top of their party leadership.