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 few lawyers from New York City are suing businesses around the state because the companies’ websites are not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

But leaders from the Center for Disability Rights, Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce and local law firm Nixon Peabody question whether these lawyers care about accessibility -- or big settlements.

If you’re looking for a job, the U.S. Census Bureau is hiring lots of local workers. The census collects information about all the people who live in the country. The government uses that information to determine an area’s number of federal representatives, as well as how much each municipality receives in government aid.

Monroe County Clerk Adam Bello says census data affects our community every day.

A backlog on the federal level is hurting local brewers.

Sen. Chuck Schumer brought that message to Rochester’s Genesee Brewery on Monday. Schumer said brewers are heavily regulated and must file applications with the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau in order to release new flavors, update labels or change the size of a bottle.

He said the partial federal shutdown in December and January caused a backlog of over 10,000 applications, which could delay summer releases.