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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A top official at Roberts Wesleyan College says that many people at that  Chili-based school are angry about the racial epithets written on a dormitory wall this week. The college plans to respond aggressively to that incident.

Hundreds of students attended a  meeting at the college Friday to talk about the incident where the racial slurs were scrawled on the door and wall of a dorm suite, which is occupied by several African American students who are also members of the basketball team.

Authorities are investigating an incident where racial slurs were found written in a dorm on the Roberts Wesleyan campus.

Monroe County deputies say the slurs were written in a common area of a suite. They also say some money was taken out of a backpack in the same area.

Deputies are treating this as a criminal mischief and larceny investigation.

Roberts Wesleyan President Deana Porterfield issued this statement:


Pittsford’s Abby Wambach has another honor to put on her shelf. And this one is a new Barbie doll made in her likeness. It was unveiled Wednesday and toymaker Mattel made up the doll showing Wambach wearing her white Team USA uniform and Number 20 jersey.

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Rochester Police are releasing more details about an incident where one of their officers fired a shotgun during the carrying out of a search warrant on Scio Street Wednesday afternoon.

Police say they were conducting an investigation into drug sales at 326 Scio as a result of getting complaints from people in the neighborhood as well as violence in that area.


The purchase of the Hyatt Hotel in downtown Rochester by a company formed by area developers Robert Morgan and Dave Christa is official now.

Their company, called “ MC Management of Rochester,” has acquired the hotel on East Main Street for $16 million.  They bought it from a private equity firm, the Blackstone Group.

The partners have said they plan to do $15 million worth of renovations at the hotel, including updating the more than 330 rooms there, the lobby, and re-launch what they say will be a new restaurant concept.

There's been another plea in the case involving the bid rigging case centering around Local Development Corporations in Monroe County. 

On Wednesday, Nelson Rivera, the county's former information technology director, pleaded guilty to two felony counts.  Rivera's plea comes a week after Robert Wiesner, ex-security director at the county water authority and the husband of former County Executive Maggie Brooks also entered a guilty plea.


Dave and Buster's, the chain that combines a sports bar with an arcade, says it is looking to hire more than 200 people as it gets ready to open up a location at the Marketplace Mall in March.

Available positions include servers, bartenders, hosts and other services jobs.

The Texas-based company is meeting with people interested in the local jobs at the Radisson Hotel on Jefferson Road , Monday through Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


University of Rochester President Joel Seligman is responding to an interim report issued about race and diversity on campus.

You can read his full response here.

The report and the response comes after protests at the U of R last November, with dozens of students gathering to complain about racism they feel is occurring on a regular basis.

Rochester Gas & Electric was dealing with power outage repairs through early Wednesday morning.

Officials tell us at one point, more than 12,000 customers were without electricity due to weather related issues.  Chili was one of the harder hit areas, due to wires down in the Union Street-Stottle Road area.

The latest index on small business job growth put out by Paychex and a company called IHS shows a spike in growth for the month of January.  In fact, officials say the growth offsets the declines in job growth they saw during 2015.

Paychex CEO Marty Mucci says once again, service-related jobs seemed to show some of the strongest growth.