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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Kodak recently marked five years since it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.  The Rochester company emerged from bankruptcy in late 2013 and recently WXXI News Director Randy Gorbman interviewed CEO Jeff Clarke by phone.

Jeff Clarke wasn’t around for some of the darkest days at the photo giant, he was named CEO in 2014, but he realizes just how traumatic that process was for a lot of people.

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A local Congressman got an earful, and then some, when he held four town hall meetings in Western New York and the Southern Tier on Saturday.

The sessions were raucous at times with protesters making their displeasure known loudly, particularly on the issue of the planned repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

Reed supports the initiative of President Trump and Congressional Republicans to get rid of the ACA and replace it with something else.  He told WXXI News on Sunday that despite town hall meetings that got quite heated on Saturday, he doesn’t regret holding them.

Two Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputies suffered what are described as non-life threatening injuries after an accidental shooting early Sunday.

Authorities say the two men were at a private residence in Hilton just after midnight and had just finished cleaning and loading a handgun.

The gun dropped and one of the deputies tried to catch and in doing so, he grabbed the trigger and the gun went off, shooting him through his hand and in his lower leg. A bullet fragment also hit the other deputy in the leg.

Staffers at the Yates County Chamber of Commerce are mourning the loss of their President and CEO.

Mike Linehan died suddenly this past Wednesday. The cause of death of the 54 year old Linehan has not been determined yet.

Linehan headed up the chamber for 24 years.  The current chair of the chamber, Kathy Waye called Linehan “a tireless advocate for local businesses,” and said that “with his sudden death, the board will continue moving forward in following Linehan’s vision as president.”

Former board chair Mike Manahan said that “he was a true visionary.”


Rochester is among cities across the country that  are backing a lawsuit which seeks to continue blocking the travel ban President Trump issued last month.

That executive order has been stayed in the courts and this week the president said he will roll  out a new immigration executive order next week.

The cities signing on to the federal lawsuit say they would be impacted by the immigration order previously imposed because of their sizeable immigrant and refugee populations.


There are some more jobs coming to the Eastman Business Park.

On Friday, Governor Cuomo announced that an Ireland-based company called NEST iON Limited will bring at least 17 jobs over the next three years to the park as it has chosen Rochester to establish its new research and development facility.

NEST iON produces high-performance lithium batteries, specifically designed for law enforcement, intelligence agencies and military applications.

Area universities are dealing with some illnesses.  At the University of Rochester, the health service says that in the last 10 days  they have become aware of about 16 students, mainly on the River Campus, who have had sudden onset of symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea.

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New York's Attorney General is encouraging state residents to test their internet speeds and let his office know if they are not living up to the performance promised by their internet provider.

The suggestion by Eric Schneiderman comes after his office filed suit earlier this month against Charter Communications and its subsidiary Spectrum, formerly known as Time Warner.

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The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra is coming off a year which saw strong growth in ticket sales, while it is still working to overcome its financial weaknesses.

That according to RPO President and CEO Ralph Craviso who says the orchestra had a deficit $2.2 million in the fiscal year that ended last August. But he says bills were paid with the help of the orchestra’s endowment, and he says the RPO is transitioning to a more stable financial situation.

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter is introducing legislation that would move Election Day in an effort to increase turnout.

The Fairport Democrat says the ‘Weekend Voting Act’ would move Election Day from the first Tuesday in November to the first Saturday and Sunday after the first Friday in November.

Slaughter introduced the bill on Susan B. Anthony’s birthday, “In honor of Rochester’s trailblazing activist who dedicated her life to ensuring everyone had equal access to the ballot box,” said Rep. Slaughter.