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 state government is marshalling extra resources to help struggling healthcare facilities as the COVID-19 surge shows no signs of slowing. 

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The leading Republican in the Kentucky Senate says there’s little appetite for COVID-19-related mandates in the General Assembly, but a variety of more targeted measures might be on the menu. 

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Lexington is seeing record coronavirus case counts, even as city tops a long-sought-after vaccination goal. 

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Gov. Andy Beshear says state lawmakers now bear some of responsibility for charting Kentucky’s path through the pandemic, following a Supreme Court ruling placing new restrictions on his executive authority. 

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Kentucky is already seeing the fallout from the state Supreme Court’s weekend ruling affecting Gov. Andy Beshear’s ability to issue pandemic-related mandates. According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, the Democrat has canceled his latest school masking order. But kids shouldn’t take off those facial coverings just yet.

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A former Kentucky state representative has died after being hospitalized for COVID-19.

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Fayette County Superintendent Demetrus Liggins says the district is committed to keeping classes in-person, as questions swirl around the fast-spreading Delta variant. Hundreds of students will be kept at home on Monday – either due to positive COVID tests or quarantining.

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The Kentucky General Assembly may not be in session, but lawmakers are laying the groundwork for further challenges to COVID-related mandates.

City of Lexington

Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton is getting a head start on the 2022 mayor’s race by being the first to announce she’s in.

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University of Kentucky Patterson School of Diplomacy Interim Director Dr. Kathleen Montgomery has spent much of her time working on projects in Afghanistan, including efforts to bolster opportunities for women in the country. Now, she says watching the panicked scenes unfold amid the U.S. troop withdrawal has been "horrifying."