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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A Lexington Democrat is renewing his push for a statewide minimum wage increase, but the cause hasn't gained much traction in the GOP-dominated legislature.

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Two-thirds of Kentucky hospitals currently face what they describe as critical staffing shortages. The healthcare providers are grappling with twin challenges – a punishing surge in COVID patients as their ranks are thinning.

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State committees on education, health, and local government are meeting ahead of an anticipated special legislative session. The hearing-only meetings are meant to set the stage for action on COVID-19 policy.

With a special legislative session on COVID-19 policy potentially beginning as early as next week, Kentucky lawmakers are already laying the groundwork with a series of committee meetings. 

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Gov. Andy Beshear is warning Kentuckians not to take an anti-parasitic drug touted as an alternative COVID-19 treatment. The governor paused during a briefing Monday to address usage of the drug, often formulated to treat cows and horses.

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While Sen. Mitch McConnell is spending his own campaign cash to buy radio time encouraging COVID-19 vaccinations, the leading Republican is avoiding criticizing fellow party members who have stoked skepticism about the shots.

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As a handful of smaller colleges in the commonwealth move toward mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations, the University of Kentucky is tightening testing requirements for those who are unvaccinated.

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The state has named the third and final winner of its Shot-at-a-Million sweepstakes, meant to incentive Kentuckians to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

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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.