Ian James


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.

Ian James on KCRW

Every year, Nestle, the world’s largest food company, pays the San Bernardino national forest $524.

Bottling Water in California

Every year, Nestle, the world’s largest food company, pays the San Bernardino national forest $524.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

More from KCRW

Presidential candidate and US Senator Kamala Harris stopped in Los Angeles on Sunday to speak at Southwest College in South LA.

from Greater LA

Los Angeles-Long Beach has once again been cited the nation’s capital for dirty air, just as LA Mayor Eric Garcetti has made cleaning the air a central plank of his green new deal.

from Design and Architecture

The rock band Fanny ruled the Sunset Strip in the 1970s, and they were supposed to be the next big thing. They explain the price women pay for being ahead of their time.

from Lost Notes

While ordering genetic tests directly from a company seeks to empower patients and puts them in control of their own health data, the test results that are returned are often confusing…

from Second Opinion

Lost Notes is a podcast that we love.  It’s about music. We think you should subscribe.

from Here Be Monsters

California State Senator Scott Wiener’s controversial housing bill, SB 50, has been shelved for debate until next year.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

This week we’re revisiting conversations with recent James Beard winners, including Samin Nosrat on her hit Netflix show “Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat.”

from Good Food

All the White House hopefuls talk about Climate Change. But Democrat Jay Inslee says it’s not just one issue; it’s all the issues.

from To the Point

Edward Goldman talks about the Eleanor Antin exhibition at LACMA and an exhibition by June Edmonds at Luis de Jesus gallery.

from Art Talk