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 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.

Standing outside the abruptly closed Friendly’s in Gates on Monday, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer said laws that govern large-scale layoffs need to change.

“The way Friendly’s left their workers upstate high and dry without even a moment’s notice, is something we should lament and something that we should make sure does not happen again,” said Schumer.

A handful of former employees met with the Democrat on the restaurant’s patio.

The town of Brighton is New York’s latest “Climate Smart Community.”

The certification was presented Thursday at Brighton Town Hall by the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Town Supervisor Bill Moehle said the town has taken steps to cut energy consumption by 33 percent at town facilities over the last three years.

He said it makes sense for the planet and the taxpayers.


The owners of The Marketplace Mall are working with Monroe County to acquire the vacant Macy’s that is at that site.

The county’s economic development agency, Imagine Monroe, held a public hearing on the eminent domain proposal Monday in Henrietta. Eminent domain allows the government to take over private property for public use. In this case, Imagine Monroe plans to sell the property to Wilmorite, which owns the rest of the mall.

Wilmorite said it plans to use the land for a project that it said would be “transformative” for the shopping center.