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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The Rochester School Board has launched a search to fill an upcoming board vacancy. That’s because longtime member Malik Evans won a city on City Council.  As of Tuesday, November 21, the board is accepting applications to fill that spot.

It’s expected that the school board will vote on someone to fill the board slot in January.  That person would have to run in the general election next year, and if they wanted to stay on for a full term, they would have to run again in 2019.


Brockport Volunteer Ambulance says it has closed up shop. 

The volunteer corps released a statement on its Facebook page which said that as of 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, it stopped providing primary ambulance service to the Village of Brockport and secondary service to the Towns of Clarkson and Sweden.

A prisoner whose escape from a North Country prison two years ago garnered nationwide headlines,  has been moved to Wyoming County.

The NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision says that David Sweat was recently transferred from the Five Points Correctional Facility in Seneca County to the Attica Correctional facility.

The state says it conducts bi-annual reviews, which include looking at concerns such  as an inmate’s behavior, allegiances with other inmates that could become disruptive, or over-familiarity with a facility.

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A local maker of precision sheet metal products is expanding.

According to Empire State Development, TruForm Manufacturing, located on North Clinton Avenue in Rochester, recently installed new production equipment to service its medical customers.

Officials say TruForm has already hired 21 new employees due to the expansion, and they say another 40 jobs at the company have been retained.

To help with the expansion, New York State offered up to $350,000 through the Excelsior Jobs Program in exchange for job commitments. The total cost of the project was $500,000.

Rochester Police say that a pedestrian died after being struck by a car early Monday morning. It happened at about 2:00 a.m. on Monday, near Atlantic and Coventry Avenues. Officers say a car was traveling east on Atlantic and struck an adult male.

That man, whose name has not been released yet, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the car, 27 year old Michael Roderigues of Irondequoit, was charged with DWI and police say additional charges are possible. He also suffered some minor abrasions.

Some top officials in the administration of Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren have submitted their resignations. According to media reports, that includes the police and fire chiefs.

But a spokesman for City Hall says this is really not unusual. Communications Director James Smith issued this statement:

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Rochester Police say that they have located a missing 5 year old girl, unharmed, in California.

Authorities say that a clerk at a Motel 6 in San Diego on Friday night called 911 after recognizing the girl’s mother, Rene Stong from a flier.

Police responded and took Stong into custody without incident. Officers say that Laylani Ortiz was also located at the motel in good health. Her mother is being held in San Diego awaiting extradition, while Laylani is being cared for by San Diego’s Social Services. The family has been notified.

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An historic building in the Town of Greece has been torn down.

The early 20th century building known as the Hotel DeMay in Greece,  at the intersection of North Greece and Latta Roads was demolished on Friday, which a local preservation group says happened a day after a demolition permit was issued.

The hotel was built in 1909 and according to the Landmark Society it served as a community gathering place and tavern and entertainment establishment for nearly a century. It’s been vacant since 2000.

Allegiant Airlines has launched new non-stop service between Rochester and Southwest Florida.

Airline officials and Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo announced on Friday that Allegiant has started its new, year-round route between the Greater Rochester International Airport and the Punta Gorda Airport.

The new service was first announced over the summer, and the new route will operate twice a week, offering about 340 seats per week.

Allegiant started service to Rochester in 2015, and also offers twice-weekly, non-stop service to Orlando.


The latest numbers for job growth are out from the New York State Labor Department, and they show the Rochester with a decline of 3,200  private sector jobs in October compared to a year ago.

That was the largest loss of any metro area in the state, in fact, most metropolitan areas showed gains for the month.  Elmira was the only other metro to see a drop in jobs in October.