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 Reporter in 2014 and 2016. 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.

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Environmental activists at the University of Kentucky are applauding a new administration commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on campus by 25 percent by 2025, but the students have no plans to rest on their laurels.

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Six Lexington projects have cleared the first hurdle in the annual Knight Cities Challenge, a nonprofit initiative that asks, “What’s your best idea to make cities more successful?”

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Credit rating agency Standard and Poor’s has downgraded its outlook for Kentucky, signaling another possible drop in the state’s credit rating.

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More than 90 U.S. Attorneys across the country are expected to step down in the coming months and years as a new party takes control of the White House. Among them will be Kerry Harvey, who has served in that position for Kentucky’s Eastern District since 2010.

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The Kentucky Department of Revenue and the Fayette County Property Valuation Administrator has announced changes aimed at preventing abuse of tax breaks, but officials say legislative action is needed to clean up “inadequate” rules.

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Both of Kentucky’s senators agree that the Affordable Care Act should be scrapped, but a rift is developing between the two over just how Congress should wind down the 2010 health reform law.

The NPR Politics team and reporters across the newsroom will be live-annotating a news conference with President-elect Donald Trump, expected at 11 am ET/8am PT on Wednesday. We will be fact-checking and providing background to his remarks in real-time. We will be paying special attention to any comments about conflicts of interest, health care and national security.

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The NPR Politics team and reporters across the newsroom will be live-annotating President Obama's farewell address in Chicago on Tuesday night, scheduled to begin at 9 pm ET/6pm ET. The team will be adding fact-checks and background to Obama's comments as he gives them. We'll be watching in particular for remarks on his legacy, national security, health care and foreign policy, among other topics.

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Seven new laws – ranging from new abortion restrictions to labor union changes – go into effect in Kentucky this week, but one is already running into a legal challenge.

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Kentucky Republican leaders have tamped down expectations surrounding contentious “religious freedom” and transgender bathroom legislation in the weeks leading up to the 2017 session, instead emphasizing their business-friendly docket. But the cultural hot buttons, which could also impact the state's economy, appear alive and well in the General Assembly.

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