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

A five-week training program targeting child sexual abuse is taking place in Lexington. 

AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton may be walking back her comment that half of Donald Trump’s supporters fit into a “basket of deplorables,” but that’s not stopping Kentucky leaders from offering their take.

United Mine Workers of America

Thousands of retired coal miners from Kentucky and a dozen other states gathered at the U.S. Capitol Thursday to defend their health and pension benefits.

Josh James / WUKY

More backers are lining up behind the Kentucky Kernel in its legal dispute with the University of Kentucky. The student newspaper met its fundraising goal this week – just before the state’s attorney general announced he's  intervening in the case.


The Kentucky Department of Public Health is sounding the alarm on a new batch of especially potent heroin making the rounds in the state.

Josh James / WUKY

A Depression-era fresco in the University of Kentucky's Memorial Hall – covered up in 2015 amid controversy over its depiction of blacks and native Americans – is set to go back on display, but not before other art and materials are added.

Lexington may soon employ an officer dedicated to fostering diversity in city government. The Urban County Council appears poised to create the new position.

SCAPE/Landscape Architecture of New York

With the approval of a $14.1 million dollar federal grant, plans for Lexington’s proposed Town Branch Commons have moved into high gear. The Urban County Council heard an update Tuesday.

Josh James / WUKY

August 27, 2006 is a date seared into the minds of many Lexingtonians. As part of WUKY's ongoing series marking the 10th anniversary of Comair Flight 5191's ill-fated take-off from Blue Grass Airport, Josh James takes us back to the morning of the crash and the immediate aftermath.

Josh James / WUKY

Friday, University of Kentucky students watched as the top beam of the new student center was hoisted and put in place, bringing the school that much closer to enjoying what president Eli Capilouto calls a new “living room.”