Randy Gorbman

Director of News and Public Affairs

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's Director of News and Public Affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online. 

Randy has over 30 years of broadcast news experience, and was recently news director at WHAM-AM in Rochester. Randy has also been news director, writer, announcer, and producer at radio stations in several cities in New York and Connecticut, as well as working as an editor at the NBC Radio Network. He served as past president of the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters' Association, and is currently a member of its Board of Directors.

Randy has also taught journalism to local students, serving as adjunct instructor at SUNY Geneseo and Monroe Community College.

Randy received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from the S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, and his Master's degree in Liberal Arts from SUNY Empire State College.

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Houghton College has completed its 2.5 megawatt on-site solar energy installation, which officials say is currently the largest on a college campus in New York State.

The college also says the array will provide enough energy to meet more than half of the school’s electricity needs, significantly reduce its energy costs and have a long-lasting positive environmental impact.

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The U.S. Coast Guard on Friday night recovered the body  of what appeared to be a young man on Lake Ontario, about 200 yards away from the Coast Guard Station in Rochester.

A fisherman discovered the body around 7:30 p.m. Friday.

A U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer tells Time Warner Cable News, the body was that of a white man wearing a black North Face jacket and black pants. The petty officer estimated he was 22-23 years of age.

There has been no positive identification yet. The body was turned over to the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s office.

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Rochester's elephant population is getting a little larger.

Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks and officials from the Seneca Park Zoo are announcing the arrival of two female African elephants. Moki and Chana were born in Zimbabwe in 1982. They come to Rochester from the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens in Florida.

Dr. Jeff Wyatt, Seneca Park Zoo Director of Health and Conservation was with the elephants when they were transported from Jacksonville. He says both elephants are in good health and neither was sedated during the trip aboard a climate-controlled semi-trailer.

We could learn today who the Democratic candidate for Monroe County Executive will be. County Democratic Chairman Dave Garretson is scheduled to make an announcement at 10:00 this morning.

County legislative minority leader Carrie Andrews said recently she has decided not to run for the post;

Assemblyman Harry Bronson has said he is considering it, and Sandra Frankel, former longtime Brighton Town Supevisor is seeking both the Democratic and Working Families nominations to run for County Executive.

The Rochester Teachers Association says it has filed a class action grievance against the school district after an email was sent out to school principals by the district’s chief of elementary schools, Beverly Burrell-Moore.

In it, Burrell-Moore asks the principals to identify teachers who have sent letters or made phone calls to parents encouraging them to opt out their children from the NYS Assessments. She also asked them to identify teachers who have utilized their classrooms as “political soap boxes.”

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Rochester is one of the communities scheduled for an upcoming forum on heroin and opioid addiction. The State Senate task force will also meet  in several other communities to examine the issues created by increased heroin abuse which officials say is causing hundreds of deaths in communities across the state.

The task force includes area State Senators Rich Funke (R), Mike Nozzolio (R), and Joe Robach (R). 

The Monroe County hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, May 6,  6 to 8 p.m., at St. John Fisher College Wegmans School of Nursing Building.

Monroe County Democrats have announced that Maritza Buitrago is their candidate for family court judge. It is for a newly created seat.

Buitrago has spent her entire 15 year legal career in the public sector. She has worked in the county public defender's office,  in the state Attorney General's office and also with the Legal Aid Society.

She is a native of Puerto Rico and is the first Latina to run for Family Court Judge.

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A federal grant of more than $600,000 will help start-up companies located at Eastman Business Park commercialize their products.

The grant comes from the Economic Development Administration, and it will allow Kodak and another organization called the Innovation Accelerator Foundation, to create an institute to help commercialize technologies for products in the area of energy and bio-materials.

Mike Alt is Director of Eastman Business Park. He says this kind of assistance is crucial for companies who need to take their concepts to the next stage.

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The woman convicted of buying the guns that were later used in the 2012  Christmas Eve ambush of two West Webster firefighters has been denied parole.

Last September Dawn Nguyen was sentenced to eight years in federal prison. Earlier in the year she was sentenced to one and a third to four years in state prison. The sentences are running at the same time.

The New York State Board of Parole this week denied parole to Nguyen, saying that her earlier behavior demonstrated a complete disregard for the law.

The host of a nationally broadcast show on the environment says society doesn't have a lot of time left to take strong action in dealing with climate change.

Steve Curwood, who hosts the radio program Living on Earth, is speaking  Monday night  at 7:00 at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.  He says we are facing a climate emergency, and he believes we only have a decade or two to make the kinds of changes that are necessary.

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