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.

Ways to Connect

TWC News

More than 4,000 runners got to work up an appetite on Thanksgiving morning for the 44th annual Turkey Trot in Webster. It started in the 1970’s as a practice run for a local cross country team, and the popularity of the event has grown over the years.

“This race is so important because it’s been here since 1972,” said Ellen Brenner-Boutillier of Fleet Feet Sports. “It’s the oldest race in Monroe County. Families just keep coming back year after year,” she told Time Warner Cable News.


If you’re spending Thanksgiving in Rochester, you’re in the right place. That according to a New York City-based research firm called “Onboard Informatics.

That website listed the 20 best cities in the U.S. to celebrate Thanksgiving, and Rochester ranked #1. (Syracuse was ranked #7, Buffalo #17).

The Al Sigl Community of Agencies is going to receive a $3 million gift from local philanthropist and entrepreneur Tom Golisano and the Golisano Foundation. That is the largest gift Al Sigl has ever received from a living donor.

Al Sigl is a network of organizations that serves more than 55,000 children and adults with special needs. Officials say that $3 million commitment will fund improvements to the Al Sigl campus on Elmwood Avenue.


As local businesses and their employees are making decisions about their health care coverage for next year, it appears that more of them will be considering high deductible plans.

The annual survey by the Rochester Business Alliance shows that 86 percent of the local employers surveyed plan to offer one or more high deductible health insurance plans next year, which is a 10 percent increase from last year.

RBA CEO Bob Duffy says those plans give the companies a way to offer competitive benefits while maintaining control over rising health care costs.

UTICA, N.Y. (AP) — The pastor of an upstate New York church where a young man was beaten to death and his younger brother seriously injured has been indicted on murder charges.

Pastor Tiffanie Irwin's mother, Traci Irwin, also was charged Tuesday, as were Tiffanie Irwin's two brothers, the victims' father and half-sister and two other church members.

The indictment charges all but one of the Irwin brothers with second-degree murder. All eight face several charges.

Google Images

The NY State Labor Department is out with new numbers on the unemployment rate, and they show a drop of about a half point compared to a year ago. The jobless rate for October was 4.5 percent, down from 4.9 percent in September, and  5.1 percent in October of last year.

State Labor Analyst Tammy Marino says it's the continuation of a recent trend.


Wall Street is taking closer notice of Xerox this week after a well-known activist investor has taken an interest in the company.

Xerox shares jumped on Monday after it was disclosed that billionaire investor Carl Icahn has bought a stake in the company, although the shares settled back on Tuesday.

Icahn now holds a 7 percent stake in Xerox. In a filing, Ichan said he believes the shares are undervalued and intends to have discussions with Xerox's board relating to improving performance and pursuing strategic alternatives.


University of Rochester President Joel Seligman is responding to a petition presented to him by some student groups last Friday as part of a march and rally.

The event was in part to show support to students at the University of Missouri, but it was also focused on racism the students see happening at the U of R.

Seligman's statement issued on Monday says that he "cannot ignore evidence that our campus climate can be improved." He notes that there have been a number of racist postings in social media recently, particularly on the anonymous app Yik Yak.

Don Menges / mengesphotos.com

The building that is home to The Century Club of Rochester has been purchased by the owners of the building just across the street, The Strathallan Hotel.

Those involved include David Christa of Christa Development and Robert Morgan, of Morgan Management. They are partners in several ventures including the Strathallan Hotel which has undergone major renovation in recent years.

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (D-Fairport), is responding to recent criticism over her support of a bill that would implement a tighter screening procedure for Syrian and Iraqi refugees trying to enter the U.S.   Slaughter was among a number of Democrats who joined Republicans to support the legislation which passed the House 289 to 137. It's fate in the Senate is uncertain.