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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The City of Rochester continues round-the-clock snow clearing efforts after more than 15 inches of snow fell across the region.

Mayor Lovely Warren says many city snowplowing crews have been working long hours for the last few days.

“I cannot commend our team at DES (Department of Environmental Services) and our safety workers enough because during this, 48 hours of all this snow, they’ve been working overtime, some of them putting in 18 hours a day, and we appreciate them for that.”

Warren says you can call for help with questions about city services.

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Candidates are already lining up to replace Rochester City Councilwoman Elaine Spaull. The Democrat announced Wednesday that she won’t seek re-election.

Monroe County Democratic Committee spokeswoman Briana Scott tells WXXI News that the committee’s endorsement process will start now and conclude in mid-February. 

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With many weather forecasts predicting that over a foot of snow could hit our area this weekend, the city of Rochester is getting ready.

The snow is expected between Saturday evening and Monday. The city says it will have more than 150 vehicles ready to plow if needed.

Karen St. Aubin, the city’s director of operations, said it takes about four hours to plow all of the main roads in the city. She urged drivers to stay off the roads if possible.

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The Rochester City Board of Education may need more time to respond to a report asking for big changes.

Distinguished Educator Jamie Aquino wrote the report, which is a critical look at the City School District that asks for a total reset in district management, finances and educational outcomes.

The school board is expected to complete an action plan by Feb. 8.

But School Board President Van White says he’s concerned that a couple of months is too little time to revamp the entire district.

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How should police misconduct be investigated in Rochester? That’s the question facing City Hall in recent weeks.

Rochester City Council believes it has a model that could change the way communities ‘police the police.’

City Council President Loretta Scott, Vice President Adam McFadden, and councilmembers Mitch Gruber and Willie Lightfoot introduced their proposal for an independent Police Accountability board on Monday afternoon.


 A $10,000 gift will help 20 city high school students explore some career options.

Avangrid, the parent company of Rochester Gas & Electric, awarded the scholarship funds to the Urban League’s GEAR UP program.