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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Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield, a major health insurer in Rochester and other parts of Upstate NY, says it posted net profits of .4 percent or $24 million last year on revenues of $5.9 billion.

The company says stronger than expected investment income produced positive net income despite an operating loss of $55 million.  The local Blues blame most of the losses due to its safety net lines of business such as Medicaid. Last year, Excellus dropped some of its Medicaid business in areas where it said it was losing too much money. 

It's called "Spread the Word to End the R-Word, " and it's a campaign to try and get people to stop using the word 'retarded'.  That campaign locally, organized by the Golisano Foundation is now in its fifth year and there are a number of activities over the next week to bring awareness to the issue and how the use of the word retarded is disparaging to people with intellectual disabilities.

Foundation director Ann Costello says this campaign really focuses on young people, so that the next generations will move away from using that word.

A state audit just released by New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is critical of the compensation programs used for top executives at the Rochester Regional Transportation Authority.

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Shopping mall operators around the country should consider increasing security in light of  a threatening video released by a terrorist group. That advice from U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder who spoke with CNN about the recent video released by an extremist group in Somalia that specifically mentioned the country's largest mall, the Mall of America near Minneapolis.

Holder made the comments to CNN, following a recent video released by a Somali-based terrorist organization which mentioned the Minnesota mall and appeared to be designed to inspire terrorist attacks.

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Hundreds of local teachers packed the Minerva DeLand Elementary School in Fairport on Thursday night, speaking out in response to the education agenda Governor Cuomo laid out in his State of the State Address.

Superintendent of Fairport Schools, Bill Cala, said that Cuomo is holding the budget hostage in terms of state aid unless the governor’s reforms are approved.

Fairport English Teacher John Baynes told WXXI News that a chief concern is the erosion of local control and determination of schools.

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Governor Cuomo's office is out with a report that it says details the crisis of failing schools in New York State.

It appears to be  part of the Governor's efforts to get support for his reform agenda for education.

Monroe County Deputies are looking for a missing Henrietta man. They say that 40 year old Hakan Yurdakul was last seen Sunday around 8:00 p.m. in the area of Winton and Jefferson Roads in Henrietta.

He was last seen wearing blue jeans, black and white sneakers and a navy blue hoody. Yurdakul is 5'8" and about 200 pounds, with brown shoulder length hair and hazel eyes.

Call 911 if you have information about his whereabouts.

Gates Police have charged a woman in that town with killing her fiance. On Thursday morning, police charged 49 year old Ronna Nary with second degree murder. She is accused of using a shotgun  to shoot 61 year old Dennis Perks of 109 Cole Avenue early on Wednesday evening.

Both Perks and Nary live at that address and they were engaged.  Another person at the house called police after the shooting. Perks later was pronounced dead at the hospital.

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A new Siena College poll shows that New York State voters trust their local governments more than they do the state or federal governments.

The survey shows that 28 percent of voters trust the state or federal government to do what is right, at least most of the time, while 43 percent trust their local government most or all of the time.

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Gates Police say the man seriously injured Wednesday evening in a shooting on Cole Avenue in Gates has died.

According to Time Warner Cable News, officers identify the man only as in his 60s. His name was not released.

Police were were called to 109 Cole Avenue for a reported family problem, and soon after they got there, a man was transported from the scene by Gates Ambulance. Two other family members were there when police arrived.

Right now, there's been no word on a motive for the shooting.

There's no report yet of anyone being arrested in the shooting.

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