Journalist investigating water issues, climate change and other topics in California and the West. Wrote the series “Pumped Dry: The Global Crisis of Vanishing Groundwater,” about the depletion of aquifers and the impacts on farming communities in the U.S., India, Peru and Morocco. Previously covered Hugo Chávez's presidency in Venezuela and other news in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Ian James is a reporter with The Desert Sun in Palm Springs who focuses on water and environmental issues as a member of the newspaper's investigative team. He has written extensively about drought, climate change and water scarcity in the West. He wrote a 2015 USA Today/Desert Sun series about the problem of groundwater depletion and how it's affecting farming communities in the United States, India, Peru and Morocco. His work has won honors including the APME Digital Storytelling Award, three CNPA awards for Environmental Reporting, an American Meteorological Society science journalism award, and the Knight-Risser Prize for Western Environmental Journalism. 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, he covered Hugo Chavez’s presidency and obtained a rare interview with the Venezuelan leader. He 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's Morning Edition, PBS NewsHour and other television and radio programs.