Ian James

environment reporter at the Desert Sun in Palm Springs


Ian James is a reporter with The Desert Sun in Palm Springs who focuses on water and the environment as a member of the newspaper's investigative team. He has written extensively about California’s historic drought and about worsening water scarcity in the American Southwest. He was awarded a Special Recognition Citation by the judges of the 2014 Knight-Risser Prize for Western Environmental Journalism for his series 'Aquifer at Risk.' He joined The Desert Sun in 2013 after more than a decade covering international news for The Associated Press. As the AP’s bureau chief in Venezuela, James covered Hugo Chavez’s presidency and obtained a rare interview with the Venezuelan leader in 2007. James previously worked for the AP as a correspondent covering the Caribbean region, as an editor on the International Desk in New York, and as a reporter in Miami. He is the author of the book "Ninety Miles: Cuban Journeys in the Age of Castro," about the lives of three Cubans during Fidel Castro’s rule. He has appeared on NPR, PBS NewsHour and Fusion. A graduate of Duke University and Stanford University, James has also written previously for the St. Petersburg Times, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday and the Japanese newspaper Sankei Shimbun.

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