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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Monroe Ambulance is warning area residents about someone making fraudulent phone calls using the company’s name.

They say the calls involve someone claiming to be a representative of Monroe reporting that the person’s loved one has been in an accident and requesting personal information to help identify the patient.

According to the ambulance company, the telephone numbers being used by these callers have been linked back to unknown entities or to previous phone scam attempts.

One person died after being struck by a vehicle in Rochester on Route 104 on Saturday afternoon.

It happened just before 3pm on Hudson Avenue. State Police tell Time Warner Cable News that a AAA truck operator was loading a disabled vehicle onto his truck when a family member of the person with the disabled vehicle entered the roadway.

Troopers say that’s when a vehicle going east on 104 struck the person and the tow truck operator.


The State Education Department has released results of the English and math tests for students in grades 3 through 8 from this past spring.

The Rochester City School District scored significantly below a number of other districts around the state.

State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia does note that because of changes made to the tests this year, it is somewhat hard to compare the numbers to last year.

Xerox is reporting 2nd quarter numbers which show an increase in profits and a decline in sales .

Xerox earned $155 million in the quarter, and excluding certain one-time costs, saw earnings per share of 30 cents, several cents better than Wall Street had expected.

Sales overall were down four percent compared to a year ago, totaling $4.4 billion, about what analysts anticipated.


Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren got some airtime on  CNN Thursday afternoon, talking about the 'thank you' letter that she has placed at the gravesite of Susan B. Anthony at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Warren, a Hillary Clinton delegate who is in Philadelphia as part of the New York Delegation at the Democratic National Convention, put up a sign in the cemetery with a letter to Anthony, a leader in the suffrage movement, thanking her for paving the way so that women got the right to vote.

Hillary Clinton's run for President of the United States has brought an additional focus on women's rights and to the place where those rights got an important boost in the mid 19th and early 20th century.

Clinton already is quite familiar to people at the National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls. They inducted her in 2005; in fact daughter Chelsea made a stop there earlier this year to campaign for her mom.

Mann's Jewelers says it will be closing the location in Eastview Mall that it opened three years ago, and consolidating those operations into their main location on Monroe Avenue in Brighton.

Mann's says the majority of employees from Eastview will now be based at the Brighton store.

Mann's was founded by Irving Mann in 1947 and continues as a family-owned business. CEO Nancy Mann says their decision to close the Eastview store was driven in part by consumer reaction, saying that their clients prefer to shop in one location that has a more robust product offering.


Ontario County deputies are warning residents there of a phone scam. They say the victims recently reported that they got a call from someone representing himself as a lawyer.

The victims are advised that a loved one has been arrested and is in jail in another state and needs bail money to get out of jail.

The victim is then advised to buy gift cards in the amount of the bail which is usually several thousand dollars. The person is then told to call the lawyer, who takes the numbers from the gift cards and exchanges it for cash.


The government agencies overseeing restoration projects for the Genesee River are now accepting public comments. 

It's called the Draft Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment for the Genesee River, and it's an outgrowth of a financial settlement that Eastman Kodak agreed to in 2014 regarding the impact its operations may have had on parts of the river.


The latest data from the New York State Labor Department  on unemployment rates shows a drop in the number of unemployed people in the Rochester area. The June jobless rate was 4.3 percent, compared to 5.2 percent in June of 2015.

State Labor Analyst Tammy Marino says historically, that is a relatively low unemployment rate.

“Before the recession, unemployment averaged around 4.6 for the month of June, and at 4.3 percent, we currently stand well below that long term historical marker.”