James Brown


Before coming to WXXI News, James spent a decade in marketing communications, while freelance writing for Rochester City Newspaper. While at City, his reporting focused primarily on arts and entertainment.

James cut his teeth in journalism as an associate producer and weekend assignment editor at WHEC-TV.

A Rochester native and an East High School graduate, James earned a Bachelor of Communications degree from Niagara University where he won awards for his poetry and resurrected the school’s radio station.

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Hickey Freeman is aggressively expanding, bringing dozens of new jobs to Rochester. The luxury clothing company announced Monday that they’re adding 100 positions to its North Clinton Avenue factory starting immediately. They’ve already hired about a dozen people.

On Monday, CEO Stephen Granovsky said most of those jobs require tailoring or machine operating experience but he said that they expect to hire and train some workers as well. 

This growth, Granovsky said, is in anticipation of several new lines of business.

Body-worn camera footage of a police-involved shooting death inside a Rochester Family Dollar was released Tuesday afternoon.

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New York Gov. Kathy Hochul signed Assembly Bill A1131A, cementing the court into law on Friday.

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As of October 1, all theatergoers age 12 and older going to Rochester’s Auditorium Theatre will be required  to show proof that they’ve taken at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine prior to entry. By November 8, all patrons are expected to be fully vaccinated. 


All Rochester City School District students are expected to have a ride to school by the end of the month, according to Superintendent Lesli Myers-Small.

As the school year began, a shortage of bus drivers at the district and its contractors left hundreds of students with delayed pickups – or no ride at all. 


Only one of the seven Rochester Police officers who had been suspended after the death of Daniel Prude in March 2020 will face the possibility of disciplinary action after an internal investigation by the Rochester Police Department.

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Robin Lavergne, a retired Rochester City School District counselor for 30 years, lives in the 19th Ward neighborhood. These days, when she’s not visiting family or friends, she’s busy helping students by taking them to and from school in her car.

“I’m just blessed to be able to provide this support," Lavergne said. "For me, if my community isn’t doing well, then I’m not doing well.”

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Just weeks after lawmakers in Washington shrunk one of its potential funding sources, Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren said the city is considering replacing the Inner Loop in phases. 

The project would be one of the largest in the history of Rochester, spanning 22 acres with cost estimates ranging between $70 million and $300 million.

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New standards for how the Rochester Police Department officers use force were released Thursday. These updates to department policy were sparked by public outcry over the last few years including an incident when police handcuffed and pepper sprayed a 9-year-old.

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As New York state leaders plan to weigh an extension of the state’s eviction moratorium Wednesday, a Monroe County leader said they’re positioned to help residents with back rent. 

Thalia Wright, the county’s Department of Human Services commissioner, said that roughly $6 million in federal pandemic relief funds is available for renters through its Emergency Rental Assistance Program known as EPPI 2.0.  County Spokesperson Meaghan McDermott said the county expects another $20 million in federal money for the program.