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

The latest on Kentucky's general election, including the nation's most competitive campaign for governor.


After months of sparring by the two leading candidates for governor and a sea of non-stop negative advertising, little has changed when it comes to the polls.


The lone Urban County Council candidate defending his seat tomorrow is facing an 11th hour lawsuit alleging the required signatures he submitted were not properly notarized. 1st District Councilman James Brown is running against businessman and political newcomer Jim Burton, who has said he wasn’t responsible for the filing.

Changes are coming to Lexington’s downtown restaurant scene as two longtime mainstays are closing their doors – at least for now.

Josh James / WUKY

A fresh class of Kentucky State Troopers took their oath of office Thursday. The newly sworn-in graduates of the KSP Academy enter the force at a time of heightened scrutiny on law enforcement.


Gov. Steve Beshear stepped into the well-worn role of health reform defender earlier this week as he touted the launch of the next open enrollment for kynect, Kentucky’s celebrated health insurance exchange. But the program’s future – along with the state’s Medicaid expansion – face a fork in the road next Tuesday.

The electronic filing system that tracks Kentucky’s election finance records is operating without any manufacturer support. That’s because the equipment, installed in the 1990s, is obsolete – so says Kentucky Registry of Finance Executive Director John Steffen.

Josh James / WUKY

Minimum wage workers in Lexington could see a jump in their paychecks  if the city’s Urban County Council carries through with a wage hike that received preliminary approval Tuesday.


Kentucky lawmakers have likened the state’s efforts to tamp down on drug abuse to a game of whack-a-mole, with new drugs quickly supplanting the old. And officials are now targeting a synthetic substance that’s gaining in popularity.


The first phase of the ongoing $5 billion dollar chemical weapons destruction project near Richmond is complete.