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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During remarks at the city’s violence prevention summit at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center on Thursday, Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren made her goal clear.

“We want to change violence in the city of Rochester permanently,” she said. “We don’t want this to be a one- or two-year thing. We want this to be a consistent reduction of violence in the city of Rochester until we no longer have violence in the city of Rochester.”

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U.S. Attorney James Kennedy and other law enforcement leaders took questions about gun violence for more than two hours Tuesday at SUNY Brockport’s Rochester Educational Opportunity Center in downtown Rochester. 

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Assemblymember Demond Meeks, and a group of community activists, are calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to take bold action to stem the opioid crisis. 

During a news conference Monday, Meeks, a Democrat from Rochester, said overdose deaths are often overlooked. 

“We have issues in this community that have been plaguing us for some time,” said Meeks. “We heard about the ills as it relates to violence in the Rochester community. But one of the things we don't talk much about is the overdoses.”

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As part of the state’s push to decrease gun violence, New York Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul visited Rochester’s David Gantt R-Center on North Street on Thursday.

Citing nearly 200 shooting incidents in Rochester so far this year, Hochul said it wasn’t this way just a few years ago. 

Rochester Police data from 2018 shows there were 137 shooting incidents that year; in 2019, there were 157. Last year, there were 267. 

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Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges that include criminal possession of a firearm, which is a felony,  and misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child and failure to properly secure firearms in a dwelling.

Warren appeared in a Monroe County courtroom along with her estranged husband, Timothy Granison, who faced the same charges as Warren. He also pleaded not guilty, and both he and Warren were released after the court appearance.

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Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren and her estranged husband, Timothy Granison, are scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday on five charges including one class E felony.


Workers have tons of choices when it comes to employment right now, particularly in the leisure and hospitality sector. 

New York state Department of Labor data released Thursday showed the number of jobs in those industries is up 46% since last year, likely because of the season and pandemic protocols are easing. 

One of the most common seasonal opportunities for work is at amusement parks like Roseland Water Park in Canandaigua or Irondequoit’s Sea Breeze. 

Roseland owner Dan Fuller said reopening earlier this month was a thrill.


Almost every family with children in the country is expected to be eligible for direct payments from the U.S. government for the next several months.

This temporary child tax credit extension offers cash until year’s end. It was passed as part of a COVID-19 stimulus package, and the monthly payments started appearing in checking accounts Thursday.

How much money families will receive varies depending on income, the child’s age and the parent’s marital status. Some checks will be about $300 per child, others about $160 per child. The money varies based on eligibility.

More than 133,000 children in Monroe County are expected to be affected.

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A lawsuit filed Friday will mean some Monroe County primary races can't be officially called yet.

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The goal was huge: 100 houses, built from scratch, all within a half-mile of Enrico Fermi School 17. It took 10 years, but on Tuesday, Flower City Habitat for Humanity began work on house No. 100.