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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From 2010 through 2018, there were nearly 10 black people arrested for low-level drug offenses in the city of Rochester for every one white person. The numbers are the same for low-level drug convictions in Monroe County.

That data is from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services and is included in a new brief from local cannabis advocacy group Roc NORML.


Tuesday night was a milestone in a decades-long fight over how police misconduct claims in Rochester should be handled. Rochester City Council passed a new law creating an independent police accountability board. The vote was unanimous. The board would handle police misconduct claims. Council President Loretta Scott called the vote "momentous."

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A new study from Rochester Institute of Technology found a striking difference between political parties on the issue of legalizing recreational marijuana in New York state.

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Mayor Lovely Warren’s proposed $552 million city budget includes $700,000 for a controversial board that would review police misconduct claims.

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Leaders from St. John Fisher’s Golisano Institute for Developmental Disability Nursing announced a partnership with an Irish college on Wednesday.

Fisher and Waterford Institute of Technology plan to share resources for best practices and research when it comes to nursing at-risk populations like those with developmental disabilities. Fisher’s Wegmans School of Nursing received a grant last fall to open the Institute.

The Institute's founding director, Dianne Cooney Miner, said Waterford is the perfect match for Fisher.

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A summer event series is coming to the Genesee Brewery, representatives from the state, the city and the brewery said Tuesday.

Genesee Brewery’s Mary Beth Popp said the events are an expansion of last year’s popular ROC the Falls event, which featured live music and drew more than 3,000 people. She also said it’s a sign of the brewery’s investment in northeast Rochester and its commitment to the Genesee River.

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A new proposed federal law aims to stop robocalls cold.

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer is a co-signer of the bipartisan proposal known as the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence, or TRACED, Act. He said the legislation would empower the federal government to fine robocallers $10,000 per call.

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State lawmakers heard from Rochester-area tenants and advocates Friday in the latest in a series of Assembly hearings on housing rights.

Advocates are pushing for changes to decades-old housing laws, asking for rent controls that are common in New York City to be implemented upstate, among other changes.

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Pope Francis issued new church regulations this week that will change the way that the Catholic Church handles sexual abuse claims internally. The papal law has many requirements including mandating all church leaders to report sex abuse and cover-ups to other church leaders. It also requires the adoption of a new anonymous reporting system to be available at all dioceses.


The Rochester City School Board voted to adopt a $931 million budget Tuesday night. It was a 6-to-1 vote with Commissioner Judy Davis voting no.