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.

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

The fight to bring Whole Foods to Brighton took another turn Thursday. The State Department of Transportation released the results of its environmental review of the project and said that traffic and other impacts have been minimized. 

There’s a big, dark, empty room on the sixth floor of Monroe Community College’s downtown campus. It wasn’t always that way. 

The Rochester City School District estimates that two out of every five district students don't have access to internet at home, let alone high speed internet.

The district is tackling the issue by offering roughly 8,000 Rochester City School District high schoolers at least 10 gigabytes of high speed WiFi per month, and a Chromebook by December.


The district said that even students who have one computer with internet access will be offered take home chromebooks and MiFi units. MiFi devices are portable hotspots that offer people internet access.

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.