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 a news conference Friday, Rochester mayoral challenger Malik Evans said he intends to run in the general election, no matter the result of the primary election. He’s challenging Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren in the June 22 Democratic primary. Evans will be on the Working Family Party line in the general election.

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Families with prospective Rochester City School District students will have the opportunity to register this weekend

The district’s Department of Early Childhood Education and Office of Student Equity and Placement are holding a student registration event on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Freddie Thomas Learning Center at 625 Scio St. Families will need a recent physical, immunization records, and a birth certificate. They’ll also need a photo ID with proof of a city address in order to register. 

Strong Museum of Play

The Strong Museum of Play broke ground on a 90,000-square-foot expansion Wednesday. CEO and President Steve Dubnik said the new wing will feature the museum’s biggest exhibit yet: ESL Federal Credit Union Digital Worlds. 

Dubnik said it's expected to be home to the World Video Game Hall of Fame, an outdoor play exhibit, a new atrium, and admissions area. All told, he said the museum will eventually be 375,000 square feet. The museum is expected to stay open while under construction.

The Islamic Center of Rochester

After a year off, prayer has resumed inside the Islamic Center of Rochester during Ramadan. 

For Muslims, Ramdan is known for fasting, prayer, reflection and community over the course of a lunar month.

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A Hilton elementary school principal is accused of sexually abusing students.  

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An anonymous letter made public Wednesday said that Monroe Community Hospital is a hostile work environment. 

The letter was released during a news conference by the Monroe County Legislature’s Black and Asian Caucus. When asked how many complaints there are, Legislator Ernest Flagler-Mitchell would not say.

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Fresh off of his announcement that he’s running for governor of New York State, Long Island Congressman Lee Zeldin visited the Town of Gates Tuesday. 

Zeldin, a Republican, served in the U.S. Army during the Iraq War. He was elected to the New York State Senate in 2010 and then won New York’s 1st District seat in the House of Representatives in 2014 where he became known as a staunch ally of former President Donald Trump

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After a year without festivals because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the city of Rochester is accepting applications to bring them back. 

The Lilac Festival has already announced plans to return, as has the CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival, which is moving to RIT. 

They’re all tweaking their events to some degree, and Deputy Mayor James Smith said smaller festivals will have to adjust, too.

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Community leaders gathered at the Father Tracy Advocacy Center Friday to ask for help from police and the community for their own safety and the protection of the La Marketa International Plaza. The idea for the plaza goes back to the 1970’s. It was completed last year.

“Look at that field of life. We’re making progress here,” said Rudy Rivera CEO of the advocacy center, while pointing across the street to La Marketa. “It ain’t easy but we’re making progress. The line between life and death. That’s where we stand. In that middle divide. It's a lonely place to be but it's the right place to be.”

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Local governments agencies, like the Rochester City School District, have been meeting remotely since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The remote meetings are possible because of a law passed as the pandemic hit New York last year. 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been extending the law each month for roughly 30 days. But, as City School District lawyer Steve Carling told the board of education Tuesday, the last few extensions have been getting shorter, now just days or weeks.