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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Kentucky Republican lawmakers are urging the Biden administration to maintain a hard line against the ascendant Taliban in Afghanistan. 

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Fayette County public school students, teachers, and staff will stay under a universal masking mandate for the time being. The school board voted unanimously Monday night to continue to the pandemic precaution.

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The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce says President Joe Biden’s recent vaccination mandates set a “dangerous precedent” against employers’ rights. 

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Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear says the General Assembly now "owns" the state's pandemic response moving forward. In a Friday briefing, the Democrat sounded a frustrated note over the legislature's move to kick decisions like masking down to the local level.

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Under a bill just passed by the Kentucky Senate, COVID-19 antibody tests registering at a certain level or above would be the equivalent of being vaccinated, according to the commonwealth.

Kentucky is readying a major expansion of its National Guard presence in hospitals, as the COVID-19 surge wears healthcare staff dangerously thin.

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Floor debate over a package of pandemic-related healthcare actions prompted fiery accusations about the Beshear administration's response to COVID-19 on day three of a special legislative session.

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While this week's special legislative session is focused squarely on COVID-19, Kentucky lawmakers also appear primed to bolster incentives for major unnamed economic development projects.

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Kentucky's pandemic-related state of emergency will stay in effect until at least January 15, 2022, along with dozens of Beshear administration executive orders.

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Kentucky's pandemic-related state of emergency would continue through mid-January under proposals introduced on day one of a special legislative session, but the debate is far from over.