James McNair

James McNair is a veteran investigative reporter who specializes in business and finance issues. McNair has spent 30 years in journalism, including 12 as a business writer at the Miami Herald, as well as stints at other newspapers in Florida, Ohio, Virginia and Tennessee. His reporting has unearthed fraudulent schemes and unethical business practices. He exposed standardized test result discrepancies at a high-profile Cincinnati high school and gave an in-depth look at the aggressive investment practices of the Kentucky Retirement Systems. He also spent seven years as an independent researcher for a hedge fund.


How Kentucky Money Fuels Cross-Border Casinos (and Other State Budgets)

March 6, 2015

Many Kentuckians, of course, want the state to remain casino-free, and politicians have debated the legalization of casinos, in one form or another, for more than 20 years. But while Kentucky has hemmed and hawed, the three states on its northern border -- Illinois, Indiana and Ohio -- have gone all in. Read Story


What Does it Take to Legalize Casinos in Kentucky?

March 6, 2015

Somehow, the “purely by chance” doctrine was applied to card games as well as the play-and-pray games of slot machines, roulette and dice Read Story


Kentucky Community College Faculty, Staff Ask President Emeritus to Decline Pay

February 13, 2015

Upset that retired Kentucky Community and Technical College System President Michael McCall is taking a $324,000 consulting fee when the system has been running in the red, its professors and staff members are asking him to decline the money. Read Story


A Deeper Look at the Lobbying Over Kentucky Beer Distribution

February 3, 2015

Although the battle over how beer gets to consumers will be openly fought in the Kentucky General Assembly this month, the campaign to win the votes of lawmakers actually began in 2014. Read Story


Kentucky Community & Technical College System Releases Details of President Emeritus Deal

January 22, 2015

The school system defines what exactly former leader Michael McCall will do in his year as president emeritus. McCall, one of the highest-paid community college administrators in the country, received a generous package upon his retirement from KCTCS. Read Story


KCTCS Trustees to Release Details of Outgoing President Michael McCall’s Emeritus Duties

January 15, 2015

The Kentucky Community & Technical College System trustees meet Friday in Versailles to review the duties of outgoing President Michael McCall. Read Story

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What Might Be In Store for Koch Foundation Money at the University of Louisville

January 8, 2015

University of Louisville-watchers might want to take a look at what Koch got for his money from his most recent taker, Arizona State University. Read Story


Fax Machines, Snail Mail and Transparency in Kentucky

January 6, 2015

When Kentuckians try to obtain public documents from state agencies, sometimes a technological relic from the 1990s — a fax machine — comes in handy. Most agencies will take requests through their websites or by e-mail. Some, however, bask in … Read Story


University of Louisville Confirms Proposed Gift from Koch Foundation, Papa John’s CEO

December 19, 2014

University of Louisville President James Ramsey publicly confirmed Thursday that the university is in talks to receive a large monetary gift -- said to be $6 million -- from Papa John’s International CEO John Schnatter and the Charles Koch Foundation. Read Story