James Dawson

James Dawson covers Delaware politics and government as well as general assignment stories for Delaware Public Media. 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, and served as an intern with NPR affiliate Northwest Public Radio in Pullman, Wash. 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 or shamelessly singing while driving all over Delaware.

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In Boise, the first day of Idaho's special legislative session erupted into chaos before it began. Dozens of unmasked protesters, some of them armed, shoved their way past state troopers to pack the gallery overlooking the state's House of Representatives.

Two new laws went into effect in Idaho this week that target transgender residents. The enactment comes on the heels of a major U.S. Supreme Court decision in June, which greatly expanded LGBTQ rights.

One of the laws bans transgender people from changing the sex on their birth certificates while the other bars transgender girls and women from playing on sports teams that align with their gender identity.

Updated April 6 at 12:49 p.m. ET

The sounds of signature gatherers walking door-to-door in many states would normally be just on the horizon as spring comes into bloom.

As the coronavirus began spreading in Washington state in late February, Linda Larson, a volunteer organizer across the border in Idaho for one effort to get on the ballot, decided to take precautions to protect her group and the public.

Just about every time 11-year-old Anna Wiese makes the two-hour drive to Boise with her mom, Nancy Wiese, she has one thing on her mind: seeing Idaho's marbled Capitol.

Last year, when she was 10, Anna wanted to spend a few hours combing through every corner of the building.

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Editor's note: This story includes accounts of self-harm.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the state of Idaho must provide gender confirmation surgery to inmate Adree Edmo.

The panel of judges agreed with U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill's ruling in Edmo's favor last December, writing that his findings were "logical and well-supported" and that "responsible prison officials were deliberately indifferent to Edmo's gender dysphoria, in violation of the Eighth Amendment."

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A 19-hour standoff at a prison in Smyrna, Del., is over. Inmates at the state's largest prison took four hostages yesterday morning. One is dead. James Dawson of Delaware Public Media has more.