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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Josh James / WUKY

Needle exchanges that distribute clean needles to heroin addicts without receiving dirty paraphernalia in return are not violating Kentucky law – that’s the opinion handed down by the Attorney General’s office Monday.


Kentucky U.S. Senator Rand Paul is predicting his showing in the early GOP presidential primaries will “shock people.” During a CNN interview Sunday the libertarian-inclined Republican brushed off suggestions that his campaign is on life support.


Members of Kentucky’s congressional delegation are hailing the passage of a massive bipartisan $1.1 trillion dollar spending package funding the federal government through next September, but Republican leaders are decrying the process that led to the agreement.


Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is downplaying reports that GOP leaders are gearing up for a deadlocked convention in 2016.


Kentucky U.S. Senator Rand Paul’s performance at Tuesday night’s GOP debate played to mixed reviews. The libertarian-leaning Republican called out a number of his rivals on immigration and foreign policy, but failed to gain much traction.

Kristi Lopez

Gov. Bevin says state universities are making a good faith effort to implement some outcomes-based funding, but the proposals don’t go far enough.

Josh James / WUKY

Monday, the governor, state lawmakers, experts, and lobbyists converged on Lexington to weigh in on the prospects and challenges for the upcoming 2016 General Assembly.

Close to 700 Kentucky National Guard members in danger of losing tuition assistance next semester will see that support restored. Gov. Matt Bevin announced Monday during a Kentucky Chamber event in Lexington that every school president in the state has agreed to cover the shortfall this spring -- with the promise of reimbursement.

Two beloved downtown businesses confirmed plans to shut down this week. The Town Branch Market is closing up shop on Saturday while the owners of Natasha’s Bistro & Bar have indicated the dining and theater venue won’t reopen.

Josh James / WUKY

Democrats’ thin majority in the Kentucky House of Representatives just narrowed further with the promotion of prominent Hopkinsville Rep. John Tilley.