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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The U.S. Census Bureau is opening its Lexington office as it gears up for the constitutionally-mandated, once-a-decade national head count. At the same time, city officials are boosting outreach to traditionally undercounted populations.

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Tired of gaining hours and losing hours thanks to Daylight Saving Time? So are some Kentucky lawmakers. Their attempt to do away with the semi-annual switch, however, faces major legal hurdles. 

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A hot-button bill requiring photo ID at the polls is changing shape as the state's new Republican secretary of state moves to incorporate suggestions from critics, but opponents maintain the measure still sets up new roadblocks to voting.  

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A controversial bill granting Kentucky law enforcement the ability to temporarily detain anyone who refuses to identify him or herself has been withdrawn by the sponsor, who says he was "personally threatened" after posting the bill. 

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The Senate is holding a trial on the impeachment of President Trump, who is accused by the U.S. House of abusing his power and obstructing Congress. Each day of the trial will stream through this player as proceedings begin. At the conclusion of the trial, senators are expected to vote on whether Trump should be removed from office.

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A bill permitting sports betting in Kentucky easily sailed through committee Wednesday in a unanimous vote could bode well for the measure's future.

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Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear used his first major speech to a joint session of the General Assembly to press for teacher raises, healthcare guarantees for those with pre-existing conditions, and a return to civility. Reviews of the State of the Commonwealth address, however, were split down party lines.

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An updated version of the state's bipartisan school safety bill would require that school resource officers carry firearms.

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Six Democratic presidential candidates are debating in Iowa on Tuesday, less than three weeks from the caucuses there. NPR reporters are providing background and analysis of the candidates' remarks in real-time starting at 8:30 pm.

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Gov. Andy Beshear has released documents related to Kentucky’s investment in Braidy Industries. The materials had been the subject on an ongoing court battle between the previous administration and the Louisville Courier Journal.