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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There are Memorial Day parades around our area Sunday and Monday.

Sunday, Irondequoit holds its parade at 3pm. It begins at Irondequoit High School on Cooper Road, goes to Titus Avenue and ends at the town hall.

On Monday there are parades in several communities including Fairport, Greece , Honeoye Falls, Mendon, Pittsford , Scottsville, and Webster.

The largest parade is in Rochester, It steps off at 10:30  Monday morning at East Avenue and Scio Street, and proceeds down East Ave to Main Street, and ends at Plymouth Avenue.

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The historic Dentzel Carousel is open for the season at Ontario Beach Park in Charlotte.

It’s the carousel’s 111th continuous season. 

The carousel also opens up without one of the panels which had brought protests from various members of the community, because of  the depiction of two African-American children which a number of people said was offensive and a throwback to so-called ‘pickaninny’ illustrations, which featured derogatory caricatures of black children.

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If you’re planning to fly out of the Greater Rochester International Airport this summer, expect the usual additional number of passengers, but not the kind of hours-long wait times you may have heard about at major metropolitan areas around the country.

That according to Airport Director Mike Giardino, who says July and August are the busiest times of the year for the local airport, with an additional 30,000 passengers each month.

The Monroe County Democratic Committee says it has received a subpoena from the Manhattan District Attorney's Office seeking records related to certain campaign contributions.

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Protesters calling for an investigation into the death of a woman from Rochester who died in Erie County blocked parts of some downtown streets during the afternoon commute on Thursday.

India Cummings, died in February after she spent time in custody at the Erie County Holding Center. Time Warner Cable News reports that during her booking on carjacking charges, police found pre-existing injuries on her body and eventually brought her to Erie County Medical Center.

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Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren will partner with Bausch + Lomb to relight and rededicate the Lomb Memorial on Monday, Memorial Day.

That memorial at the corner of Upper Falls Blvd. and St. Paul St. has not been illuminated for more than 30 years.

It was first dedicated in 1932 on Memorial Day as a tribute to Captain Henry Lomb, the co-founder of Bausch + Lomb,  for his love of humanity including the citizens of Rochester and employees of his company.

The Lomb monument was given to the city from the B + L family in front of 40,000 spectators.


Well-known local TV anchor Rachel Barnhart is leaving her job as news anchor at WROC-TV.

In a Facebook post Barnhart announced that Thursday is her last day at News 8.

She said that all she ever wanted to do as a journalist was “report in the community I love, “ and said that for 18 years she’s fought to tell stories “that matter and find the truth.”

Barnhart goes on to say that it’s time to make a difference in a different way, and will “have more on future plans in the coming days.”

Flaum Management Company CEO David Flaum and his family have established a lifetime endowment to benefit children with disabilities who attend Rochester Rotary Sunshine Campus.

The Bob Witmer Campership Fund will provide a free summer camp experience for one child per year. The endowment is named in honor of Robert Witmer Jr., senior counsel at Nixon Peabody. He is a past president for the Rochester Rotary Club.

Flaum says he has seen the camp firsthand and called it a 'hidden gem,'  and also wanted to honor Witmer for his contributions to the community.

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A total of 10,236 runners and walkers from 402 companies took part in Tuesday night’s J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge at RIT.

It’s a 3.5 mile road race, and companies got their workers together in more than 300 hospitality tents located around the RIT campus.

The first-place men’s finisher was Matt Pierce, representing Pictometry, with a time of 18:07 over the campus course.  

Morgan Burrows of Corning successfully defended her women’s individual title finishing with a time of 20:58.

Voters in the Village of Brockport have again said “no” to a proposal to dissolve the village.

The results of Tuesday’s voting had 632 residents in favor of dissolving the village and 817 against that idea. 28 affidavit ballots still have to be verified by the Monroe County Board of Elections.

It was the second time in the last several years a dissolution vote went down. It was also rejected in 2010.

The backers of the movement to dissolve felt that consolidating the village with the Town of Sweden would save tax dollars.