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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Hélène Biandudi Hofer, host and producer of WXXI’s weekly news and public affairs program Need to Know, was honored at the Center for Disability Rights’ (CDR) Annual Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Gala Fundraiser at the Rochester Museum and Science Center Thursday night.

Hofer received the Adele Carlson Advocacy Award in recognition of her extensive coverage on disability issues. Her coverage is part of WXXI’s on-going Move to Include initiative in partnership with the Golisano Foundation.

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It was a trip back in time and also a look forward in Pittsford Thursday with five boats traveling along the Erie Canal to celebrate the centennial of  women’s suffrage docked in Carpenter Park.

This was all part of an event called VoteTilla, which set off from Seneca Falls, the home of the first women’s rights convention, and Barbara Blaisdell, who has long portrayed Susan B. Anthony at events around Rochester helped get the crowd in the mood to talk about freedom and the right to vote.

Among those attending, Suzanne Morgan of Rochester and her daughter.


SOUTH BRISTOL, N.Y. (WXXI News & AP)  A 100-year-old woman honored at a New York air show last weekend for her World War II service as a civilian pilot flying military aircraft has died. 

According to her obituary posted on the Johnson-Kennedy Funeral Home website, Dawn Seymour died Tuesday at her home in the Finger Lakes region.  Her obituary says she died peacefully at home, overlooking Canandaigua Lake.

George Eastman Museum

The George Eastman Museum in Rochester has a new Chair. 

Kevin Gavagan will take over for Steven Schwartz, who is completing three years’ service as Chair and will remain an active member of the board.

Gavagan’s involvement with the museum began in 1995, as a member of the George Eastman Society. He has served on its Board of Trustees for eleven years, including several years as Vice Chair.

He is a certified financial analyst and portfolio manager/equity analyst at QCI Asset Management.

Imagine Monroe, which is the new name for the Monroe County economic development organization that used to be called COMIDA, approved tax incentives for four projects on Wednesday that County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo says will create a total of 119 new full-time jobs.

They include:


There are more details being released about a voluntary cleanup plan for a former industrial site in Rochester's High Falls neighborhood. The proposed cleanup plan was developed by Rochester Gas & Electric.

The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation is now accepting public comments about a proposed cleanup plan for what is called the RG&E  'West Station Site'  in Rochester.

Monroe County

Monroe County  and Landmark Society officials were among those helping break ground for a major renovation project Tuesday at the Seneca Park Zoo.

County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo and others held the ceremonial shovels to mark the start of construction on the first phase of the zoo’s master plan improvements.

This phase includes an African savanna exhibit, featuring giraffes, zebras, rhinos and ostriches; a Cold Asia exhibit, featuring snow leopard and red panda, and a passenger tram with on-off stations at the south and north ends of the zoo.


A local medical technology company is expanding and adding jobs.

Governor Andrew Cuomo came to Henrietta Tuesday to tout the growth of high-tech industries in the Rochester area, and specifically praise the work being done by eHealth Technologies.

That healthcare data software company expects to create up to 160 new full time positions and retain another 215 positions.

The company is expanding its facility on Thruway Park Drive, and its CEO, Ken Rosenfeld says this is a great area to get the talent pool they need.


If you are already enjoying using the new ride-hailing services, you’ll now be able to tip your driver if you’re happy with the service.

Actually, users of Lyft already had the ability to tip the driver through the app-based service. Lyft pointed that out this week when word came that Uber will now also making tipping part of its app.

Both ride-hailing services had been in New York City, but legislation passed recently that allowed them to come to Rochester and other upstate cities.

A well-known Rochester real estate company is now going to be known by another name.

Nothnagle Realtors, the area’s largest realtor,  is now going to be called Howard Hanna Real Estate Services.

Pittsburgh-based Howard Hanna acquired Nothnagle and RealtyUSA two years ago.

Officials with the realty companies say that the combining of the three companies under one name means that the Howard Hanna brand will be on more than 100 offices across New York State.