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 The Beatles and British Invasion rock, Josh 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, Josh enjoys songwriting, philosophy, and watching bad horror movies with his cat, Rufus.

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Josh James / WUKY

6th District Congressman Andy Barr worked to tame a hostile crowd at his first Lexington town hall since the November election with little success Monday.

March for Science Facebook page

Scientists don't often draw up placards and take to the streets, but Saturday will be an exception.


The panhandling surge in Lexington has captured the attention of city leaders and law enforcement.

Josh James / WUKY

The Urban County Council spent more than seven hours hearing testimony and debating a controversial Squires Road development before coming to a hard-fought compromise Tuesday night.

Kentucky Utilities customers weighed in Tuesday on proposed rate changes that would increase average residential energy bills by $7.16 a month.

U.S. Attorney's Office

A Lexington man is facing life behind bars for distributing a mixture of heroin and fentanyl that resulted in an overdose death. The chief federal law enforcement officer for the region says it’s a sentence that’s becoming more common the longer the drug problem persists.

U.S. Department of Defense via AP

An expert on military airpower and national security at the University of Kentucky says this week’s airstrike in Afghanistan was surprising, but media coverage may be overhyping the size of the weapon dropped near the Pakistani border Thursday.

AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is repeating a call for so-called “safe zones” within Syria to help stem the flow of refugees out of the country.

Author Aimee Zaring pairs the stories of Kentucky refugees with the recipes that remind them of home in Flavors From Home, now available in hardback and paperback. On this episode of Bookmarks, we chat with Aimee and one of the refugees featured in the book, Sarah Mbombo.

Josh James / WUKY

6th District Congressman Andy Barr laid out a positive vision of the Republican agenda in Lexington Wednesday, waxing optimistic about a revival of the GOP's healthcare reform efforts. But the lawmaker’s visit drew a less warm reception outside.