Josh James (KPR)

Kentucky Public Radio Correspondent

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now known as 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 several awards from the Kentucky Associated Press, including Best Radio Documentary in 2005. An avid music fan raised on The Beatles and British Invasion rock, James also enjoyed a stint in the programming department, hosting WUKY's Rock & Roots from 11-1 pm weekdays.  He currently works as a reporter and webmaster for the station. When he's off duty, James enjoys songwriting, philosophy, and kicking back with his cat, Brooklyn.


3:33 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Nat. Geo. to Feature KY Archaeology Work on Hatfields and McCoys

New Years Day 1888 was an especially bloody day in the historic, long-running feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys. Now, with the help of Dr. Kim McBride with the Kentucky Archaeological Survey, National Geographic’s show “Diggers” is digging even up even more clues about the attack.

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3:32 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Conway Labels Fortune Hi-Tech Marketing a Pyramid Scheme

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway's office has filed a lawsuit in federal court claiming Fortune Hi-Tech Marketing in Lexington has been operating a massive pyramid scheme. The headquarters and a warehouse in Danville were seized Monday as part of a federal investigation into the multi-level marketing company's business practices, which Conway contends lost money for more than 90 percent of its subscribers. 

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7:18 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Nikky Finney Says Goodbye to the Bluegrass State


National Book Award winner and University of Kentucky professor Nikky Finney has announced she plans to leave the commonwealth for her native South Carolina. The author of “Head Off & Split,” “The World is Round,” “Rice,” and “On Wings Made of Gauze” says she will take a teaching position at the University of South Carolina while caring for her aging parents.

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3:04 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Paul Expects Deal on Fiscal Cliff to Include Top 2 Percent Tax

Rand Paul
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Kentucky U. S. Senator Rand Paul says he expects any deal made to avoid the so-called Fiscal Cliff will include tax increases on the top 2 percent. The comments came at today’s Commerce Lexington Public Policy Luncheon. Paul says Democrats are likely to get some tax increase passed, but criticized their rationale.

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6:26 am
Wed November 21, 2012

KY National Guard Meets Recruiting Goals

Credit Kentucky National Guard photo by Sgt. David Bolton, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office

More than 7,300 soldiers are now a part of the Kentucky Army National Guard. That number exceeds the original goal set by the National Guard Bureau in Washington, D.C. this year by a hundred.

This is the ninth year in a row the Kentucky National Guard has met or exceeded recruiting expectations, and Major Fred Bates, Commander for 2nd of the 75th Recruiting & Retention Battalion with the Kentucky Guard, says that speaks highly of Kentuckians' support for the military.

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2:38 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Anti-Smurfing Campaign Kicks Off in Kentucky

A campaign against the practice known as "smurfing" was launched Monday in Lexington. Smurfing is the practice of buying drugs over the counter and selling them to illegal drug makers for profit. In Kentucky, meth cooks are using smurfs to avoid the state's real-time, stop-sell system that prevents pseudoephedrine buyers from going over the legal limit.

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3:41 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Barr Urges Temporary Fix for Fiscal Cliff


Sixth District Congressman-Elect Andy Barr says he'll get serious when it comes to cutting spending as Congress deals with the so-called "fiscal cliff." Barr made the remarks on KET's One To One with Bill Goodman this week. In the meantime, however, Barr urged members of Congress to create a temporary fix.

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8:14 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Ross Domestic Violence Center Opens in Lexington

A domestic violence center honoring Amanda Ross, who was killed by former Kentucky lawmaker Steve Nunn, has officially opened its doors in Lexington. Amanda’s mother, Diana, spoke about her daughter’s passing at a press conference Monday and how her family hoped to turn grief into action.

"I know Amanda would be honored to become the name and the face for every victim of domestic violence," she said. "The thought that Amanda's life has made a difference lifted us up and gave us reason to carry on."

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3:12 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

KY on Track to Meet Health Exchange Guidelines Despite Heated Debate

Governor Steve Beshear says Kentucky is on track to meet federal deadlines to create and manage its own health exchange, as mandated by the new health care reform law. That's despite heated debate inside the joint Health and Welfare committee last month over the legality of the governor's executive order creating the exchange.

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3:49 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

UK Reconsidering Campus Alcohol Policy


With lingering concerns about the University of Kentucky's alcohol policy coming to light in recent meetings between UK and surrounding neighborhoods, UK President Eli Capilouto says he's willing to reexamine the rules, which banned alcohol on campus 14 years ago.

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