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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WXXI Local Stories
4:05 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Local Professor Talks To Nervous Relatives In Ottawa

The gunfire that killed a soldier in Ottawa, Canada Wednesday, has unnerved a lot of people in that community, including the family of a local woman.

Sarah Burns is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at RIT.

Burns grew up in Ottawa, and her parents still live there. She says the shooting  that also left the suspected gunman dead in Wednesday’s attack near Parliament, shook up a lot of people including her family members.

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Government
11:49 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Local Voters React To The Gubernatorial Debate

Credit Randy Gorbman / WXXI News

Some of the people who watched the gubernatorial debate on TV at the WXXI studios say their minds generally weren't changed a whole lot by what they saw. 

The five voters who stopped by our studios are all people who responded to a recent Voice of the Voter poll. That survey will be released this coming weekend.

Taunja Isaac of Greece, a registered Democrat says the debate did help clarify some positions for her, but she was unhappy with the comments made by Rob Astorino.

"I think some of the stuff he comes out with, belittles his own character, instead of saying what he's going to do, he goes at Governor Cuomo too harsh and too destructive."

Susan Homsey of Irondequoit is a Green Party supporter, and she didn't like the way the two major party candidates conducted themselves.

"The sniping, just disgusting, they didn't answer the questions at times, just sniping back and forth"

Lonnie Slapar of Greece says the debate did give some more information about the candidates’ positions, but he also felt that Astorino and Cuomo spent too much time trying to score political points.

"People do have some ideas, and it seemed like they focused on those ideas and some of the rest of them didn't focus so much on the ideas, but saw it more as a political battle, I guess.”

Slapar did not want to give his political affiliation, but did express frustration with the tax structure in New York State.

WXXI Local Stories
5:40 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Homeless Advocates To Take Down Tents In Washington Square Park

Credit TWC News

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren and Sister Grace Miller of the House of Mercy issued a joint statement Wednesday afternoon saying that advocates for the homeless have agreed to take down the tents they pitched this week in Washington Square Park.

The tents went up because the advocates say they are not getting the help they need from the county. Monroe County officials maintain that they already work with 17 shelters and invest nearly $5 million toward helping the homeless.

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Economy
3:34 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Local High Tech Company Adding Up To 25 Jobs

A local high tech company is getting a $450,000 federal grant to develop and commercialize an innovative method of producing solar power cells.

Intrinsiq Materials, which is based at the Eastman Business Park, will be working with RIT and SUNY to come up with solar cells that can be produced less expensively and also that are manufactured with a more environmentally-friendly process.

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Economy
10:32 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Verizon Wireless Hiring More Than 200 In Henrietta

Verizon Wireless is hiring again to fill positions at its call center in Henrietta. The company says it expects to fill more than 200 jobs over the next several months. 75 of those positions will be filled by the end of the year.

Currently the local call center employs about 1300 people.

The company has already hired more than 300 people this year. The Henrietta call center is one of about 20 call centers for Verizon Wireless across the country, and each one handles calls from all over the nation.

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WXXI Local Stories
8:58 am
Wed October 22, 2014

PBS Online Series: "The Whiteness Project"

An interactive online series from the PBS POV program is bringing everyday white Americans, who would not normally engage in a project about race, into the racial discussion.

According to the producers,  “We take for granted that there is a "white" race in America, but rarely is the concept of whiteness itself investigated. What does it mean to be white? Can it be genetically defined? Is it a cultural construct? A state of mind? What privileges are exclusive to Caucasians?”

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Economy
8:06 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Xerox Beats Earnings Expectations; Sales Down Slightly

Credit Xerox

Xerox is reporting 3rd quarter numbers Wednesday that saw better than expected profits, while sales were a bit less than analysts anticipated.

This has been an ongoing story for Xerox, with profits coming in a little ahead of Wall Street expectations, and sales generally flat or down slightly overall. The company earned $266 million in the quarter, down $20 million from last year.

Earnings per share of  27 cents beat estimates by a penny. Revenues of  $5.1 billion were down two percent.

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Government
5:59 am
Wed October 22, 2014

New Siena Poll Gives Strong Leads To 3 Incumbent Statewide Democrats

Credit siena.edu

A new Siena College poll out on Wednesday gives the three Democratic incumbent statewide officials leads of at least 20 points over their Republican rivals headed into the closing days of the campaign.

Governor Andrew Cuomo leads Republican Rob Astorino 54 to 33 percent, with Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins polling at nine percent. Last month Cuomo led with 56 percent, Astorino had 27 percent and Hawkins had 7 percent.

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Economy
5:25 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Local Spin-off Company To Add 132 Jobs

A company which is a spin-off from the University of Rochester Medical Center is expanding operations and will add 132 jobs in the process.  

That according to Governor Cuomo who says that PharmAdva is one of 17 businesses recently added to the new  START-UP NY program.  That's an iniatiative where new and expanding businesses can locate on land owned by a college and get a tax break.

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Arts & Culture
4:39 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Some Changes For The Jazz Fest

Credit Xerox Rochester Int'l Jazz Festival

 

Club Passes for next year's Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival go on sale this coming Friday, and organizers are already announcing some changes for next year's event. 

It runs June 19th to the 27th, and it will include a new venue that officials say seats a thousand people. That will be part of the Club Pass events. More details will be announced next month. Other changes include the fact that Abilene Bar and Lounge will not be part of the festival.

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