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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Hear the full 2018 Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame induction ceremony below.

The Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame announced its 2014 Hall of Fame class at an induction ceremony on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at the Carnegie Center. This is the second class to be inducted.

The seven new members of the 2014 Hall of Fame class were: children’s author Rebecca Caudill, best known for A Pocketful of Cricket and Tree of Freedom; University of Kentucky professor Thomas D. Clark, author of A History of Kentucky; novelist Janice Holt Giles, whose work focused on Kentucky historical fiction; James Baker Hall, a UK professor and Kentucky’s 2001 Poet Laureate; Affrilachian poet Etheridge Knight, whose work was strongly influenced by the Civil Rights Movement; Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk and one of the most prolific 20th century Catholic writers; and Jesse Stuart, known for his sonnets and focus on rural Appalachia.

Selections from their work were read during a one hour ceremony before a live audience by Marcia Thornton Jones, Dr. James Klotter, Katerina Stoykova-Klemer, Sarah Wylie VanMeter, Jude McPherson, Eric Reece & Georgia Green Stamper. Carnegie Center Director Neil Chethik served as Master of Ceremonies, providing the introductions for each writer and reader.

WUKY’s broadcast, which airs initially on March 1st at 2 pm was recorded by Chase Cavanaugh and produced by Tom Godell with assistance from Rusty Sharp. The program and this web page have been generously underwritten by our friends at the Morris Book Shop.

AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File

Gov. Matt Bevin’s viral comments criticizing a teacher rally at the Capitol have caught the attention of state and national media, and a new poll suggests the remarks may have hurt his standing with voters.

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Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes says state election systems remain secure, but the top election official warns it’s a never-ending battle against new and emerging threats.

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The three top-tier Democrats vying for a chance to unseat incumbent 6th District Congressman Andy Barr made their pitch directly to voters in an hour-long televised debate Wednesday night.

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Attorney General Andy Beshear has released his 2017 tax returns and is challenging other constitutional officers – including Gov. Matt Bevin – to do likewise.

Josh James / WUKY

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.