Prior to joining the BBC, James studied at Beverley Grammar School. He's also worked in an office, washed pots in a pub, and even cleaned light fittings in a factory.
Away from work James is a huge Hull City fan. He says "one of my proudest moments was watching The Tigers reach the Premier League in the play-off final at Wembley. I'll never forget that day."
He loves music, and also eating Indian and Italian food. But he's not very good at taking his holidays.