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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The City of Rochester has devised a plan to protect Susan B. Anthony’s grave and keep a new tradition alive.

Attorneys for the seven Rochester Police officers involved in the Daniel Prude case said Thursday that all standard operating procedures were followed, including how they pinned him down. 

Sixteen people were arrested Wednesday after a standoff outside City Hall between Rochester police and the protesters calling for justice in the death of Daniel Prude.

Prude was restrained by city police in March; he died a week later. Protests have been ongoing since earlier this month when Prude's family and attorney released police body camera footage of the incident.

Dozens of protesters calling for justice in the death of Daniel Prude marched from the Public Safety Building to Rochester City Hall on Tuesday morning.

Two elected officials have asked the U.S. Justice Department's Civil Rights Division to investigate police conduct during the Daniel Prude protests. 

Prude suffocated in Rochester Police custody in March and died a week later. 

Details about the incident were kept quiet until Prude's family came forward early this month. Police body camera footage shows Prude nude with a bag known as a spit shield on his head. Officers pinned him to the ground. 

The Rev. Lewis Stewart said Thursday that the Rev. Jesse Jackson is considering coming to Rochester next week. 

Stewart spoke with the national civil rights leader on Wednesday and other members of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition in recent days. He said Jackson has been closely watching the recent unrest in Rochester. 

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The Rochester Police command staff, including outgoing Chief La'Ron Singletary, met with City Council members and Mayor Lovely Warren via Zoom on Thursday about the ongoing unrest in the city.

City Council member Mary Lupien says she was shocked and horrified after learning Wednesday that a man died months ago after an incident with Rochester police.

Lupien, who serves on Council for the East District, says there was no communication about the incident from the police or the mayor’s office. She says she can't believe that this was hidden so long.

About 130,000 high school athletes got the green light Monday to participate in sports this fall; now their school districts are mulling whether to allow the seasons to start. All high school sports have been on hold since March because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Five years ago, a retired school administrator from Batavia had a conversation with her neighbor. What she didn’t know then is that talk would inspire the next phase of her life. From our public radio partners at WXXI in Rochester, James Brown has the story.


Maisie Gillan was 9 months old when she happened upon a stray prescription methadone pill on the floor of her neighbors' home, swallowed it, and died a few hours later. 


In the wake of the death of her 3-year-old son, Tenitia Cullum is focused on preventing similar deaths. 

Bryce Raynor died after he fell through a grease trap cover behind the University Avenue Tim Hortons in July. His mother was working inside. 

He is one of several children to die after falling into outdoor grease traps across the country in the last few years. The traps are a common way to capture grease from commercial kitchens. 


A Rochester man pleaded guilty Monday to bilking at least 1,000 people around the country out of more than $100 million.

U.S. Attorney James Kennedy said financial adviser Perry Santillo ran a Ponzi scheme for about a decade. Kennedy said the scheme started when Santillo and an unnamed partner lost millions in investor money in another Ponzi scheme back in 2007. 

Henry McDonald was born in Haiti in 1890 but when he was 5, his parents allowed an American coconut importer to adopt him and bring him to Canandaigua, believing he’d have better opportunities in America. He wouldn’t see his mother again until he was in his 60s, he told the Democrat and Chronicle.

McDonald spent his life in the Finger Lakes region, where he shined as an athlete at Canandaigua Academy and East High School. 

Scott Pitoniak, a longtime sports columnist and author, called him a forgotten pioneer.


A new study from Rochester Institute of Technology found a striking difference between political parties on the issue of legalizing recreational marijuana in New York state.

When you walk into Optimax, you instantly hear the buzz of people at work on millions of dollars’ worth of machinery.  

The Victor company is an optical manufacturer known for creating the lenses for the 2020 Mars rover. It’s tough to imagine people using these machines while high. But with legal recreational marijuana a real possibility in New York state, that’s something the folks at Optimax are thinking about now.