Josh James

Reporter / Webmaster

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now known as Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and Program Director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.

In 2003, he joined WUKY as a part-time reporter and weekend announcer. He's earned several awards from the Kentucky Associated Press, including Best Radio Documentary in 2005. An avid music fan raised on The Beatles and British Invasion rock, James also enjoyed a stint in the programming department, hosting WUKY's Rock & Roots from 11-1 pm weekdays.  He currently works as a reporter and webmaster for the station. When he's off duty, James enjoys songwriting, philosophy, and kicking back with his cat, Brooklyn.

Ways To Connect

Josh James / WUKY

Hard hit Kentucky coal communities will be the target of up to $38 million in federal grants aimed at reviving local economies. It's all part of what’s being dubbed the “POWER Initiative.”


Attorney General and presumptive Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jack Conway has some strong words for a Republican lawmaker who criticized his job performance on the Senate floor during the closing hours of the 2015 legislative session.

Josh James / WUKY

While Governor Steve Beshear and other state leaders are praising the 2015 session as one of most productive sessions in recent years, several major debates were left unresolved, including how best to plug a massive funding hole in the Kentucky Teacher Retirement System.

Josh James / WUKY

Attorney General Jack Conway has nothing but positive reviews for the heroin bill recently signed into law by Gov. Steve Beshear. The Democratic gubernatorial candidate was on hand Thursday at the University of Kentucky to deliver kits designed to put a stop to overdoses.

Josh James / WUKY

The final hours of the 2015 General Assembly saw passage of several measures billed as signature pieces of legislation, including a last minute compromise to shore up the state’s ailing Road Fund, but the session did not conclude at its usual hour.

Associated Press

Gov. Steve Beshear has some tough words for the General Assembly as they scramble to address the state’s heroin epidemic and dwindling gas tax revenues in the final hours of the 2015 session.

LRC Public Information

It’s crunch time in Frankfort as lawmakers prepare for the final scheduled work of the 2015 legislative session. Monday, neither chamber acted on major legislation, choosing instead to send high profile bills on the gas tax, teacher pension fixes, and heroin back to conference committee.

Prichard Committee / Student Voice Team

Lawmakers looking out over the Kentucky Capitol steps Monday morning witnessed a sea of student protesters – all there to urge the passage of an unamended House Bill 236.

Josh James / WUKY

A naturalization ceremony at Transylvania University Friday brought together a crowd from more than 60 countries.

Josh James / WUKY

For the first time, museums and other history-related organizations in the Bluegrass met Wednesday to chart a more cooperative path forward as they work attract tourist dollars.