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.

Henry McDonald was born in Haiti in 1890 but when he was 5, his parents allowed an American coconut importer to adopt him and bring him to Canandaigua, believing he’d have better opportunities in America. He wouldn’t see his mother again until he was in his 60s, he told the Democrat and Chronicle.

McDonald spent his life in the Finger Lakes region, where he shined as an athlete at Canandaigua Academy and East High School. 

Scott Pitoniak, a longtime sports columnist and author, called him a forgotten pioneer.

City of Rochester, CJS Architects

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren has recommended that the nonprofit organization PathStone build on the last available part of the Inner Loop redevelopment near Monroe Avenue and Chestnut Street. The proposed building has its first tenant: Geva.   

The theater’s artistic director, Mark Cuddy, said they’re out of space at their current location and want to use 5,900 square feet of the building to expand.

“We’ll have year-round classes, year-round engagement, community events, it’s an opportunity for us for more participation,” said Cuddy.

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The Brighton Town Board has appointed Dave Catholdi to be the town’s next police chief.

Supervisor Bill Moehle lauded Catholdi’s record in the Air Force and the police department.

“David Catholdi is a man that has by his leadership, by his actions, by his role as a Brighton police officer, shown that he has what it takes to be the next chief,” said Moehle.

Catholdi, who has been with the department for 20 years, said he’s proud of its work. He doesn’t expect to make big changes at this point outside of its outreach efforts. 

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An upscale athletic club is getting tax breaks in part to add an Olympic-sized swimming pool.

Imagine Monroe, the economic development board formerly known as COMIDA, invests taxpayer money and tax breaks into projects across Monroe County. On Tuesday, in a 5-1 vote, the board gave more than $500,000 in tax breaks to Midtown Athletic Club.

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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

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Leaders and residents gathered Wednesday at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Highland Park to honor the victims of 9/11 and the wars that followed. 

For one local man, the aftermath of the attacks is still very much with him. 

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New York is offering early voting for the first time, and in Monroe County, seven polling places will be open starting in late October. One is within Rochester’s city limits. 

But Monroe County Clerk Adam Bello said it’s not enough. 

He said that when New York passed its early voting regulations earlier this year, it based state funding for the polling places on a formula that factors in registered voters in each county. 

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The city of Rochester is likely headed back to court. The police union is suing the city to stop a public vote on who will discipline police officers. 

Rochester Locust Club President Mike Mazzeo says the new police accountability board goes too far.

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A Monroe County Sheriff’s deputy is out of the hospital after being sickened Sunday when he came in contact with a substance found in an inmate’s letter at county jail. 

NYS Parks

The New York State Board for Historic Preservation recommended 14 properties to the National Register of Historic Places Friday, including three in the Finger Lakes. The “Polvino Building” on Central Park in Rochester, the Clyde Downtown Historic District in Wayne County and the Park Avenue neighborhood made the cut.