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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A self-described cartoon fangirl from an early age, Kayla Rae Whitaker pencils that passion into her debut novel, The Animators. This week, she'll take on the role of teacher at a fiction workshop during the annual Kentucky Women Writers Conference. WUKY sat down with Kayla to discuss the lure of animation, how small town Kentucky helped shape her novel, and the hurdles women writers still face.

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Lexington inched one step closer to moving two Confederate statues with Monday’s announcement of a preliminary agreement to move the monuments to the Lexington Cemetery. But it's not a done deal yet.

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Governor Matt Bevin assured an audience of newly-promoted Kentucky State Police officers that lawmakers “have your back”  on pensions at an event in Lexington Thursday. Yet despite dire predictions if the state fails to shore up the system, the Republican says some revenue-generating ideas are effectively off the table.

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President Donald Trump’s decision winding down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program met with a swift response in Lexington.

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Consultants delivered their final recommendations for shoring up Kentucky’s ailing public pension system Monday. The independent group submitted a bleak picture of the state’s options, with both current and future employees in line for stripped down offerings.

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Sen. Rand Paul is speaking out against President Donald Trump’s anticipated executive order rolling back Obama-era limits on sending surplus military weapons and other equipment to state and local police departments.

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Mayor Jim Gray says the city is working to increase competition for cable and internet service in Lexington. The announcement came at a public hearing prompted by mounting customer exasperation with Spectrum and Charter Communications.

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Sen. Mitch McConnell is reportedly scheduled to attend a fundraiser in Kentucky for three fellow Republican senators – two of whom have been targeted by the Trump White House. The sharp contrast in approaches appears to be ratcheting up tensions between the West Wing and the Republican leader.

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A group is warning lawmakers against shifting new state hires onto a 401(k)-style benefits plan. The Kentucky Public Pension Coalition argues the move would deepen the state’s pension crisis.

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Republican state Sen. Whitney Westerfield plans to make another run for the state’s top law enforcement job.