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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Owners of an Ohio-based supermarket are releasing more details about their upcoming opening at Rochester's new College Town project, located near the U of R in the Mt. Hope Avenue area.

An official with Cleveland-based Constantino's Market says the family-owned business will open its supermarket on April 9th, with grand opening ceremonies on April 16th.

This is the first venture out of northeast Ohio for the company which opened its first market in downtown Cleveland in 2005.

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Garth Fagan, the Tony-Award winning choreographer whose home and dance studio is in Rochester, was honored over the weekend at his alma mater, Wayne State University in Detroit, where he received this year's Apple Award.

The award is named for Sarah Applebaum Nederlander and provides for a nationally prominent theatre professional to visit the Wayne State University campus to instruct and interact with the Department of Theatre and Dance through a lecture, question and session, and master class. 

Rochester Gas and Electric says an accident on Manitou Road early Saturday is what led to about 30,00 customers losing electricity on the west side of Monroe County.

Just before 6:30 a.m. spokesman Dan Hucko said that half of those affected had been restored, and the rest were expected to be back on line shortly.

He says the accident took down a circuit. The accident was reported on Manitou Road in Greece at about 5:00 a.m.

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Brighton Police say a man in his mid 20s was killed after being struck while in the area of railroad tracks near the old can of worms, just east of 590 on Friday afternoon.

Police say the man, who has not been identified yet, was on private property and not near any railroad crossing when he was struck by a westbound Amtrak train.  

There were more than 100 passengers and crew on the train, and none of them were injured. The train was stopped at the scene of the accident for a couple of hours.

Verizon Wireless is planning to add hundreds of jobs at its Henrietta-based call center.

Spokesman John O'Malley says they already have added more than 300 full time customer service and technical support positions at that location last year, and he says more are on the way.

"As our customer base grows we need more customer support and technical support people to serve those customers and we're actively looking to hire more than 300 reps here at our Rochester call center this year and this career fair this weekend is part of that ongoing effort."

WXXI has won four Telly awards – three bronze awards for its national health care series, Second Opinion, and a fourth bronze for its documentary Music for Life: The Story of New Horizons. The Telly Awards Competition recognizes distinction in local, regional, and cable TV programs and commercials, as well as video and film productions.

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Layoff notices went out to nearly 350 local employees at JP Morgan Chase in Rochester this week.

The company confirms the actual notices went out on Thursday, although the employees had initially been told in January that the cuts were coming. The employees work in the mortgage banking business at the Chase Tower.

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

PathStone, a Rochester organization which provides services to low-income families and economically distressed communities throughout the state, has hired Alex Castro as its new Senior Vice President of Operations.

Castro had been the executive director of the Rochester Housing Authority for several years until he was removed from that position last fall. His resume also includes serving as executive director of The Housing Council from 2005 to 2011, which affiliated with PathStone last year.

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield has renewed partnerships with six community groups that the local insurer says are tackling some of the community's most challenging health needs.

As part of that effort, Excellus is distributing more than $150,000 to organizations that include the Ibero American Action League, Action for a Better Community, the Church of Love Faith Center, the Prime Time Sister Circles program, PathStone and Trillium Health.

A well-known local computer sales and services company has been sold.  Soyata Computers is being acquired by Just Solutions Inc.,  a Fairport based provider of IT services and products.

Soyata has manufactured custom computers and services since 1999, selling to both retail and corporate customers.

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