Josh James

Reporter / Webmaster

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now 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 numerous awards from the Kentucky Associated Press, including Best Radio Reporter in 2014 and 2016. An avid music fan raised on British Invasion rock, Josh also enjoyed a stint in the programming department, hosting WUKY's Rock & Roots from 11-1 pm weekdays. He currently serves as a station reporter and webmaster.

When he's off duty, Josh enjoys songwriting, philosophy, and watching bad horror movies with his cat, Rufus.

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The axiom that "politics makes strange bedfellows" held true in Frankfort Friday, with the GOP-led Kentucky General Assembly walking back sweeping vetoes of the entire two-year state budget and tax bill by a Republican governor and Democrats in rare alignment with their chief political foe.

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The war of words between Gov. Matt Bevin and the statewide professional association representing teachers is escalating as the legislative session nears its end. Meanwhile, educators and their allies continued staging walk-in protests Thursday ahead of a planned demonstration at the Capitol while rallies sprang up at public universities.

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Kentucky’s senior senator is keeping a promise to push for the legalization of hemp.

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Kentucky’s top law enforcement official is taking aim at the state’s freshly-signed pension reform bill. Unions representing public school teachers and police are also lending their names to the lawsuit.

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Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is siding with President Donald Trump in calling special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s investigation a “witch hunt.” The senator worries the probe has expanded far beyond its intended scope.

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Lexington Mayor Jim Gray is reassuring residents the city has sufficient contingency funds socked away to deal with a potential spike in pension costs, no matter how the issue shakes out in the final days of the 2018 legislative session. The message was part of the mayor’s annual budget address Tuesday.

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Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has vetoed the state budget and a hastily-passed tax overhaul approved by the GOP-led House and Senate – a decision has pit the governor against high-ranking members of his own party.

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Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear is seeking to intervene in a lawsuit questioning the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. The Democrat argues the suit could strip the state of nearly $50 billion in federal funding for its Medicaid expansion over the next decade.

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Dueling reports on the tax overhaul approved by the Kentucky General Assembly this week are adding fuel to the still-smoldering debate over the bill.

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Kentuckians joined marchers across the country in marking the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Wednesday.

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