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.


A lawsuit to disrupt the planned modernization of senior apartments inside Cobbs Hill Park has been dismissed.

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Parents and community members packed the cafeteria at Calkins Road Middle School Thursday night.

They were there to discuss the Pittsford School District’s response to a botched Black History Month assignment and the allegations of racism that followed.


Dead, rare Asian swamp eels were found in Hemlock Lake, which is the source of most of the fresh water for the city of Rochester.

City Director of Communications Justin Roj said the state Department of Environmental Conservation has done electrofishing tests on the lake and the results say there are no more eels there, tempering fears that the eels could cause an imbalance in the lake’s ecosystem.

No one knows where the eels came from, but according to Roj, there’s little doubt that they were put there by someone.

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A recent study by the nonpartisan Fiscal Policy Institute says nearly half of New York renters are “rent-burdened.”

Ron Deutsch, the group’s executive director, said housing – not including utilities – should cost about 30% of your income. Anything more is considered a rent burden.

“There’s a housing crisis going on right now,” said Deutsch. “Because far too many people are paying excessive amounts of their income in rent.”

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Young people showed up at the Rochester Museum & Science Center on Monday by foot, carpool, or public transportation.

That’s not surprising, considering they’re members of the Rochester Youth Climate Leaders and were there for their annual summit. Their goal is to inspire action on climate change locally.

The group came together in 2015, after the Paris climate agreement when nearly 200 countries agreed to try to mitigate the effects of climate change.

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Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren and Buffalo Bills legend Darryl Talley announced NFL draft picks Saturday.  It was carried live on the NFL Network.

It was all part of an effort  honor the NFL’s roots in Rochester

Leo Lyons was born in Fairport in 1892. By the age of 16 he fell for football. He joined the Rochester Jeffersons, a semi-pro team, which was named after Jefferson Avenue,  where they played on sandlots.

Leo’s grandson John Steffenhagen was at the big NFL Draft party in Rochester Saturday at Cornhill Landing, and said his grandfather  was ambitious.

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The YWCA led a march against racism Friday with the theme “no hate, no fear.” The idea is to call on everyone to take personal responsibility in what the organization calls “the fight for equality for all.”

Oscia Miles-Wilson organized the event and says many other YWCA’s are holding anti-racism events this month.

State education officials want more information from the city school district on what it will do to fix problems that the state has been monitoring.

On Thursday,  State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia sent a letter and a 32-page document to the district and its school board with more detail on what the state thinks of the district’s response to findings from a state consultant.


The Rochester City School District’s Board of Education has named the four finalists for the next superintendent of schools.

A Buffalo Bill from the team’s glory years in the 1990s will join Mayor Lovely Warren on Saturday to announce one of this year’s draft picks.

The NFL said five picks in all could be announced at Corn Hill Landing, where the league and the city are also planning an event with family games and giveaways.

All this is part of NFL 100, a year-long celebration of a century of NFL football.