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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While it’s been full speed ahead for the Republican-controlled Senate in this 2015 session, the Democratic-led House has yet to vote on any legislation. But chamber leadership is promising action when lawmakers return in February.

The Kentucky General Assembly set its biennial budget last year, but the spending plan could be reopened during the short 2015 session if Senate President Robert Stivers gets his wish.

Lexington Herald-Leader editorial cartoonist Joel Pett is reacting to the attack on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo this week in Paris.

Kentucky lawmakers are back at work this week and appear to have resumed their political battles despite calls for bipartisan cooperation in the short legislative session.

Josh James / WUKY

The Kentucky Senate’s fast-tracked heroin and Right-to-Work bills passed the chamber Thursday, making them the first pieces of legislation to move off the floor in the 2015 session.

With the Kentucky Teachers Retirement System laboring under the weight of $14 billion in unfunded liabilities, House Speaker Greg Stumbo says it’s time to consider using up to $1 billion in bonds to shore up the system.

Josh James / WUKY

In his eighth and final State of the Commonwealth Address, Gov. Steve Beshear cast Kentucky as a state on the upswing – with momentum in job growth, health coverage, and education. And the chief executive’s prescription for future gains is to “stay the course.”

On a day of mostly routine leadership elections, House Democrats did turn a few heads by choosing a former speaker to take over their No. 2 leadership spot.

A group of concerned Kentuckians gathered in the Capitol Tuesday to urge lawmakers to come together behind a heroin bill during this session.

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray and his Louisville counterpart Greg Fischer lobbied hard for what’s called a “local option sales tax” in the 2014 session, but to no avail. Now, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle could be warming to the idea.