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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Josh James / WUKY

Kentucky Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt is responding to Freedom From Religion Foundation mailers sent to public school districts in the region warning them against organizing field trips to the state’s new Noah’s ark theme park.

AP / Steve Helber

Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump touched down again in Lexington Monday – this time for a private fundraiser hosted by a high-level coal executive and his wife.

Josh James / WUKY

It’s been a decade since the Southern Legislative Conference was held in Kentucky, but the annual meeting of state legislators, lobbyists, and policy experts is in Lexington this week.

The worlds of science and magic go head-to-head in Delfy Hall's Nautilus Gold Award-winning debut novel The Warlock and the Wolf. Setting her story in the Dutch Golden Age, the Kentucky author tracks a scientist in training with a close kinship with animals as she unravels questions about her parents' death.

In this interview, Hall discusses the genesis of the book, how animals figure prominently in her world, and why you don't want electricity in your fantasy novel.

Josh James / WUKY

Thousands of Kentuckians, tourists, and curiosity seekers flooded into the state’s long-debated Ark Encounter theme park Thursday.

Morris Book Shop

A beloved local bookstore could soon be handed off to new owners.

Josh James / WUKY

U.S. Senate candidates Jim Gray and Rand Paul are offering two different approaches to fixing Medicare. The divide was evident Friday during a Gray roundtable at a senior living community in Lexington.

Josh James / WUKY

Low-wage workers in Lexington witnessed a small bump in their paychecks today. The first phase of the city’s minimum wage increase began, taking the hourly minimum rate from the $7.25 federal rate to $8.20.

Associated Press

Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell says he senses presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump gradually adopting a more disciplined tone as he pivots to the general election.

Wednesday saw the second of three scheduled public hearings on Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed changes to Medicaid in Kentucky, and it attracted a large and mostly skeptical crowd.