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.

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Josh James / WUKY

A team of University of Kentucky professors has been awarded $6 million from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to investigate treatments for cocaine users.

The Lexington Center Corporation board has unanimously endorsed a plan to expand and replace the center – which has been the target of proposed renovations for decades.

Josh James / WUKY

Lexington’s Town Branch Commons inched one step closer to becoming a reality Wednesday with the arrival of an addition $2.7 million in federal grant funds.


Despite a legal consensus that places authority for refugee placement with the federal government, more than half of the nation’s governors – including Kentucky's soon-to-be chief executive Matt Bevin – have signaled opposition to allowing Syrian refugees into their states. But federal officials are working to convince states to put out the welcome mat.

Josh James / WUKY

A group of Kentucky retailers are calling on the state’s federal delegation to close what they call a tax loophole that exempts out-of-state businesses from collecting sales tax. But the proposal is hardly a new one.

PlantPure Nation, new documentary on efforts to introduce Kentuckians - among others - to plant-based diets, is coming to The Kentucky Theatre this week.

Consumer and small business financial site has ranked Lexington near the bottom of 100 communities surveyed this year for its annual “Best and Worst Cities for Veterans” study.

Attention book-lovers: It's almost time for the 34th annual Kentucky Book Fair in Frankfort. One author slated to appear this year is Cheryl Della Pietra, who has written a (partly) fictionalized take on her time assisting famed gonzo journalist and Kentucky native Hunter S. Thompson. We chat with Pietra and the book fair's Michael Embry about what's in store for attendees this year.

Josh James / WUKY

With this week's dramatic gains for Republicans in statewide offices, the GOP has its sights set on the last remaining Democratic holdout in the state Capitol: the House of Representatives. The push began before Governor-Elect Matt Bevin even left the stage on election night.


When Governor-Elect Matt Bevin takes over the reins in less than two months, he’ll have the wind at his back with a formidable Republican majority in the Senate and a strong minority presence in the House.