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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Tuesday will see some sloppy driving, but not the heavier amounts of snow that seemed to be a possibility yesterday.

The weather picture has changed over the last several hours, with the National Weather Service dropping the ‘winter storm warning’ for areas to the south and east of Rochester.

Governor Andrew Cuomo makes a stop in downtown Rochester on Tuesday, and he’s expected to announce that Datto, a provider of computer data backup and recovery services, plans to create 200 jobs.

Datto, a Connecticut-based company which was founded by an RIT grad several years ago, is expected to bring those jobs to the building now known as “The Metropolitan,” formerly Chase Tower.

Cuomo is also expected to announce the state will provide a grant of just over $2 million to help the company.

Rochester Regional Health is the latest local hospital system to implement visitor restrictions in an effort to keep the flu virus from spreading.

As of Noon Monday, visitors at Rochester General and Unity Hospitals will restrict visitors to no more than two people per patient at a time.

All visitors must be at least 14 years old, and you are asked not to visit at all if you are ill , including having things like a sore throat, fever, runny nose or a cough, even if you have been vaccinated against the flu.

RIT has found someone to be its next president.

The university announced on Twitter and Facebook Monday that its national search is complete and its 10th president will be announced Wednesday, 11:00 a.m., at the Gordon Field House.


With a new president and new Congress in place, a lot of municipal officials are probably wondering how that might impact federal aid for various programs.

Mayor Lovely Warren doesn't sound particularly negative about the prospect for continued funding of federal programs even though the president and both houses of Congress are now dominated by Republicans.

Warren is a Democrat in a traditionally ‘blue’ state,  but the mayor notes that one of  New York’s two U.S. Senators will be the Senate Minority Leader this year..

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The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Monroe County from 4pm Monday to 10am on Tuesday. Rain will change to snow, accumulating about 3 to 6 inches by later on Tuesday morning.

Rochester Police say that although the gathering downtown at Washington Square Park on Saturday was peaceful overall, they did arrest several people who they say tried to intimidate others and cause disruption.

Police say about 200 people gathered at the Liberty Pole and then marched to Washington Square Park where about 1,000 people had gathered.

RPD and State Police shut down traffic to that area for safety reasons. There were no major incidents reported aside from traffic issues.

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Thousands of people gathered at rallies and marches in the Rochester area on Saturday as part of a global effort to raise awareness of women’s rights and other civil rights, a day after the inauguration of President Donald Trump. The largest event, in Washington, D.C., may draw around 500,000 people. A number of Rochester area people were at the Washington event including Imani Olear.

“The message, xenophobia or misogyny is not acceptable within this culture, within our country and even more so, within our faith," she told WXXI News.

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The inauguration of President Donald Trump spawned a local protest in downtown Rochester Friday and more are planned on Saturday.

On Friday night, about 50 people upset with policies they are concerned will be implemented with the new administration and Congress started marching from the Liberty Pole, heading down Main Street.

Police stopped traffic on East Main, as well as parts of South Avenue, Broad, and Chestnut Street as the protesters marched through the area. There were no other problems reported.

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren hopes the city can take action soon to update a measure on the books that relates to so-called  'Sanctuary Cities.’  

Warren’s comments come after NY State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman this week issued guidance to local governments on how they can put laws and policies in place to limit their participation in federal immigration enforcement activities under President Donald Trump's new administration.