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 Reporter in 2014 and 2016. 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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This week President Obama is scheduled to attend a major drug abuse conference organized by a Kentucky non-profit.

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When it comes to budget reductions, the Kentucky Senate says it's not giving higher education more than it can handle. University leaders aren't so sure.

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A Kentucky senator says Lexington was the real loser in the two-year spending plan passed by the Republican-led Senate Wednesday. In addition to reinstated cuts to the state appropriation for the University of Kentucky and other public education institutions, the upper chamber also stripped out a provision issuing $60 million in bonds for renovations of the Lexington Convention Center.


A Kentucky House panel has settled on a single compromise marriage license form that does away with the twin applications created by the Senate.

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Senate Republicans reinstated many of Gov. Bevin's budget cuts in their version of the biennial spending plan, setting the stage for a face off with the Democratic-led House in the coming week.

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Gov. Matt Bevin's push to tie university funding to performance appears to have legs in the General Assembly. Senate Republicans have crafted a formula that would force schools to compete with one another for a portion of their state dollars.

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Art experts joined University of Kentucky faculty and students for a forum on public art and its proper role Monday. The event was part of a bourgening campus and community conversation centered around diversity and inclusivity.

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With just seven days remaining before the legislature takes a break and the governor’s veto window opens, the pressure is on the Senate to deliver its version of the budget.


A bill eliminating coal mine inspections by the state sparked a lively debate in the Kentucky Senate Thursday before winning passage and moving to the House.

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The state would continue to operate a health insurance exchange similar to kynect under a measure that passed a House committee Thursday, but the bill is unlikely to halt Gov. Matt Bevin's push to disconnect the online portal.