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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President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin sat down for a summit today in in Helsinki, Finland.

This is the first stand-alone summit between the two leaders, and comes just days after an American grand jury indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers on charges related to Russia's interference in the 2016 election. The two leaders are holding a news conference following their meetings

National Grid reported more than 12,000 customers without power in Monroe County on Monday morning, mostly on the west side, and about 4,500 customers affected in Orleans County.

A spokesman says it involves a problem with some high voltage transmission lines affected several substations, as well as the Village of Bergen and SUNY Brockport. Crews have been dispatched but no word yet on restoration times.

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The Corn Hill Arts Festival celebrated a milestone this past weekend, marking its 50th anniversary.

Thousands of people didn't let the hot, humid conditions over the weekend keep them from trekking through the streets of  Rochester's Corn Hill neighborhood over the weekend for the annual arts festival.

The Superintendent of the Monroe County Jail has been temporarily relieved of his duties.

That word came Saturday from Sheriff Todd Baxter, who says that Supt. Ronald Harling was relieved of those responsibilities pending an internal investigation into the inadvertent release of an inmate who was appearing in Rochester City Court last Thursday.

Vintage airplanes will be in the skies over Geneseo this weekend for the 38th annual airshow put on by the National Warplane Museum.

The theme of this year’s airshow is “Wings of Western New York,” and a spokesman for the show, Dave Cooper, says it will highly the contributions to aviation that came from this part of the state.

City of Rochester

Rochester city officials say that there are plans to restore ARTWalk, the outdoor art trail that connects artistic centers and public spaces in NOTA (the Neighborhood of the Arts). The restoration is intended to be a community-wide effort, involving local artists and city youth.

Mayor Lovely Warren and City Council have agreed to contribute up to $75,000 toward ARTWalk over the next two years, with the money coming from unspent funds from prior years.

Spectrum News

Authorities are looking into an incident at the Geneseo Airport that happened Friday evening where a small plane crashed.

The Livingston County Sheriff’s Department says three patients were taken to the hospital with what appear to be non-life threatening injuries.

The injured people included the pilot and two teenage passengers.

It happened when the Cessna aircraft was just taking off, and the incident occurred at about 6pm, after events at the Geneseo Airshow had wrapped up for the day.


Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren and City Councilmember Mitch Gruber are proposing a ban on the practice of so-called “conversion therapy” within the city. Conversion therapy attempts to change a person’s sexual orientation.

Warren said that, “this controversial practice has been debunked and is seen by health professionals as detrimental and unhealthy for LGBTQ youth.”

Gruber said that, “Conversion therapy is based on a false and ugly premise: that there is something with being LGBTQ.”

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A Rochester Police Sergeant is running a very long way this weekend in an effort to raise money for Special Olympics.

Brett Sobieraski started running on Friday from Buffalo and will run along or near the Erie Canal all the way to Syracuse, where he expects to finish up late Sunday morning.

His goal is to run for 50 hours, to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of Special Olympics.


Rochester is getting new help to run the Blue Cross Arena. And that help is coming from Buffalo.

City officials had only recently announced that they were ending the longtime management contract for the arena with Philadelphia-based SMG.  At the time, Rochester officials said  that company had performed below expectations.