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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Bluegrass Trust for Historic Preservation

The building that housed Lexington’s only Black-owned pharmacy in the early 1960s could be revived thanks to a grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Experts with the University of Kentucky say there are fears of more COVID-19 surges with the rise of highly-transmissible variants, but the focus remains on pockets of the state with lower vaccination rates.

The University of Kentucky plans to create a new pipeline for medical students thanks to a major gift from a 1980 graduate of the College of Medicine. WUKY's Josh James has details.

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The U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan will test the instincts of Kentucky's Republican heavyhitters in the U.S. Senate, who have come to represent two schools of thought on foreign policy in the party. One is already claiming vindication.

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With a resurgence of COVID-19 cases and Centers for Disease Control guidance recommending unvaccinated Americans continue masking up in many situations, a familiar debate is playing out over masking policy in schools. But district leaders in Fayette County say they’ve been staying the course.


Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams says election reform is a task best left to states. The Republican told lawmakers in the U.S. House Monday that Kentucky’s recent bipartisan elections overhaul is evidence that sweeping federal protections sought by Democrats aren’t necessary.

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Kentucky Auditor Mike Harmon is an early entrant in the 2023 race for governor. The taxpayer watchdog could be part of a potentially crowded field of Republicans eager to take on the state’s Democratic incumbent.

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Negotiations continue between the state and a religious foster care agency that objected to LGBT anti-discrimination language in their original contract. 

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Frustrations boiled over Thursday during a Frankfort hearing on violence in Louisville—with lawmakers debating the causes and possible solutions for the growing problem in the state’s largest city. 

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Lexington expects to receive $120 million—or more than a fourth of the city’s entire annual budget—in federal American Rescue Plan dollars. When it comes to spending that money, the city is taking that question directly to residents.