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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Josh James / WUKY

With support for an all-purpose government center at Midland Avenue and Main Street crumbling last week, Lexington's mayoral candidates recommend hitting pause on discussions about a new city hall. 

Josh James / WUKY

Lexington mayoral hopefuls Ronnie Bastin and Linda Gorton took on the topic of education at an hour-long forum Thursday night. 

AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley

The fate of Kentucky’s divisive pension reform bill rests in the hands of the state Supreme Court, which heard arguments Thursday on its constitutionality. The matter comes freighted with politics, as it pits two gubernatorial candidates against one another on a highly-charged issue that could play a role in upcoming elections. 

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Fayette County judicial candidates weighed with their ideas for improving the court system at a downtown  forum Wednesday.

For the second year running, a nationwide survey is placing Kentucky among the least diverse states in the country. 

Josh James / WUKY

Lexington voters interested in checking out smaller down ballot races this November have an opportunity to hear from local candidates in a series of forums starting Saturday.

Josh James / WUKY

Lexington city leaders pulled the plug on a celebrated and scrutinized proposal for a new city hall Thursday evening, in a vote that left many conflicted. 

Josh James / WUKY

Lexington leaders moved to hire a dedicated lease negotiator Tuesday, laying the groundwork for potential talks with local developer CRM about a new government center, but it remains unclear whether backers have the votes to clear the next hurdle. 


While Kentucky prepares to send emergency teams to coastal states ahead of Hurricane Florence, the storm is already forcing some Lexington event organizers to make changes. 

CDC/Betty Partin

Lexington's top health officials are recommending that all Fayette County residents be vaccinated for hepatitis A. The advice comes as the city's confirmed cases climb to 12 – with four showing up in the last two weeks.