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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Government
9:05 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Joe Morelle Talks About His Future As Majority Leader

Credit Randy Gorbman / WXXI News

Assembly Majority Leader  Joe Morelle says he's ready to move on with doing the business the legislature should be doing, now that it appears Bronx Assemblyman Carl Heastie will likely be named the next speaker of that body. Morelle returned to Irondequoit on Friday night, after having taken himself out of contention earlier in the day to try and be the next Speaker.

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Education
3:52 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Vargas Calls For A Community Solution To Downtown Violence Problems

The Rochester City School District needs the help of the entire community in addressing issues with fights that have broken out from time to time as city students change buses downtown.

That according to Superintendent Bolgen Vargas in response to the reaction by city officials to a Facebook video this week which showed students fighting near the new transit center on St. Paul Street.

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Government
11:40 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Morelle Pulls Out Of Speaker Race

Assembly Majority Joe Morelle is pulling out of the race to succeed Sheldon Silver as Speaker.

His announcement late this morning came after more of the other contenders for that seat dropped out and said they would back Bronx Assemblyman Carl Heastie.

Assemblyman Joseph Lentol, a longtime legislator from Brooklyn,dropped his candidacy on Thursday.

Assemblyman Keith Wright of Manhattan withdrew Wednesday. 

The two remaining candidates were Morelle, a Democratic Assemblyman from Irondequoit, and Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan of Queens. 

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Economy
7:52 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Xerox Beats Profit Estimates; Sales A Bit Soft

Credit Xerox

Xerox is reporting another quarter of profitability, although sales remain somewhat soft.

In the 4th quarter, Xerox earned $156, or 31 cents a share. The earnings per share did beat Wall Street estimates by two cents. But sales were down  about three percent, due in part to the impact of lower equipment sales overseas.

Overall, company spokeswoman Karen Arena says the company found a number of positives in the quarter.

"We think that it was a pretty solid quarter, in fact Q4 was the best quarter of the year with improved margins and revenues," Arena tells WXXI News.

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Education
8:54 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Greece School Official To Help Lead Changes At Rochester's East H.S.

A Greece School District official will become East High School's new Deputy Superintendent. The job being filled by Shaun Nelms is a new position created by the partnership that will see the University of Rochester taking over administration of East High.

In late February, Nelms, who is currently deputy superintendent for the Greece School District, will become deputy superintendent at East H.S., overseeing the hiring of all administrative and staff positions as well as the day-to-day operations.

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Economy
5:54 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

JP Morgan Chase To Cut 350 Positions In Rochester

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An improvement in the U.S. economy is being cited as the reason why JP Morgan Chase plans to cut 350 jobs in Rochester.

A corporate spokesman tells WXXI News that the jobs being cut are in the mortgage banking business, and they are located in the Chase Tower building downtown. Chase says that as the U.S. economy improves, it has meant fewer people have needed refinancing and other mortgage services, and that's meant less demand for that business unit.

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Economy
12:36 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

RG&E Receives $16.5 Million For Hydroelectric Improvements

RG&E Hydro-electric station #5
Credit Iberdrola USA

Rochester Gas & Electric has received a federal grant of approximately $16.5 million for efficiency improvements at the company's hydroelectric generating plant (Station 5) on the Genesee River.

The grant from the U.S. Treasury Department comes under the 2009 federal stimulus program.

The grant follows last year's $2.8 million award from the federal government for similar improvements at the utility's Station 2 hydroelectric plant, also located on the Genesee River.

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Science
10:26 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Rochester Advances To Final Round In Photonics Competition

Credit University of Rochester

New York Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Rochester area Congresswoman Louise Slaughter say that a proposal to have a new photonics institute in Rochester has advanced to the final round of applications. The U.S. Department of Defense is overseeing the funding competition.

Slaughter says the Rochester-led New York State consortium was selected as one of three finalists to submit a full application.

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Arts & Culture
2:39 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Local Medical Student Interviewed As Part Of PBS's "Secrets Of The Dead"

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A medical student at the University of Rochester is among those interviewed in an episode of the PBS series 'Secrets of the Dead' which will be seen Wednesday night at 10:00 p.m. on WXXI-TV.

Melissa Hewson is on the segment called "Ben Franklin's Bones” because one of her ancestors is an 18th century physician.

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Local News
12:55 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry To Speak At Monroe County GOP Luncheon

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry has been tapped to be the guest speaker at the upcoming Monroe County Republican Committee Luncheon.

Perry, a former presidential candidate, was Texas Governor from 2000 to 2015.  He has indicated he may run again in 2016, despite his indictment on abuse of power charges. Perry has said he is confident he will be able to successfully fight those charges.

Monroe County GOP Chairman Bill Reilich says Texas is experiencing an economic boom, and he hopes people attending the luncheon will be able to hear more about Perry's accomplishments.

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