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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Fuji is suing Xerox  after that company backed out of a proposed merger.

Fuji had reached a deal in January with Xerox to take majority control of that company. But Xerox scrapped the deal last month in a settlement with activist investors Carl Icahn and Darwin Deason.

In May, Xerox also announced a new CEO and several new board members as part of that settlement.

Icahn and Deason have opposed the Fuji takeover, saying that it undervalues Xerox. But they have indicated they would consider a better offer.

Another top ranking for Wegmans. 

The Rochester-based supermarket chain has topped a lot of customer satisfaction polls over the years, and this latest survey comes from Market Force Information, a market research company which conducted this latest poll in an online survey of nearly 13,000 shoppers.

Wegmans finished #1 for  the third straight year in this survey, edging out Florida-based Publix Supermarkets.


UPDATE: As of 4:30 p.m. Monday-- The Heat Advisory for the Rochester area has been canceled. A Severe Thunderstorm Watch remains in effect until 8pm.



The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has issued an Air Quality Health Advisory for several counties in Western New York and the Finger Lakes on Sunday including: Monroe, Wayne, Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming.

The DEC and the New York State Department of Health issue those advisories when levels of pollution exceed certain values.

Spectrum News

Gates Police have charged a man with second degree murder in connection with the death of a woman who was pushed or fell out of a moving vehicle on Buffalo Road in Gates Monday afternoon.

Investigators say 51-year old Tracy Henton-Williams was stabbed in the chest and neck while she was a passenger in the vehicle. 

She was ejected from the vehicle and witnesses came to help her but Henton-Williams was later pronounced dead at Strong Memorial Hospital.


Eastman Kodak has announced a new president for its Consumer and Film Division.

Eric-Yves Mahe will take that role effective immediately. He will also continue in his role as president of the Software and Solutions Division.

Mahe will replace John O’Grady, who was named President of the Print Systems division earlier this year.

Empire State Development

New York State is putting out a Request for Proposals to developers who might like to buy a former state prison in the Finger Lakes.

If this was listed in the classifieds, it might read something like this: For sale: a state prison in Wayne County that closed about four years ago, spans nearly 200 acres in the towns of Wolcott and Butler, and includes housing units, gymnasiums, athletic fields and industrial style kitchens.

This week, news about an upcoming opportunity for area small business, entrepreneurial firms to get federal grants, in an event organized through the SBA.

-Greenlight Networks says it is deploying new fiber technology

-And Kodak working on plans to relaunch Ektachrome film. (here's the link)

Randy Gorbman / WXXI News

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon brought her campaign to Rochester on Sunday, specifically to focus on the needs of the disability community.

Nixon met with a variety of  supporters, including those active in the disability community locally during her campaign stop at Ontario Beach Park.

The actress and activist who is hoping to face Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo in a September primary keyed in on several points important to those with disabilities, including low wages for home health care aides.

Karen DeWitt / WXXI News

Cynthia Nixon, a Democratic candidate for NY Governor planning to challenge Governor Andrew Cuomo in the September Primary, will be in Rochester on Sunday.

Nixon’s campaign says she will join volunteers and disability rights groups to kick off their petitioning effort in Western NY ahead of a July 12 petition deadline.

The event on Sunday is at the Ontario Park Beachfront shelter. It is led by Disability Action for America, a national organization committed to electing leaders who value disability rights and the group has endorsed Nixon.