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 Museum and Science Center has just opened a new exhibit that it says will offer visitors an immersive science experience.

It's called Science on a Sphere, and it involved an interactive globe and 3-D data projection system which helps showcase natural phenomena such as atmospheric storms and planetary features in high resolution.


Xerox is unveiling a new brand strategy called  "Work Can Work Better," to get across the point that the nature of work has changed, with more processes to deal. But the company says it can help businesses and governments achieve better results.

“The business environment is complicated and noisy,” said  Ursula Burns, Xerox chairman and chief executive officer. “Our customers look to us to simplify their business processes and develop solutions that improve their operations and performance.”


The Rochester School Board has voted to appoint Shaun Nelms as the Educational Partnership Organization (EPO) superintendent at East High School. He will assume the top leadership post at East on September 1st.

Nelms has served as the deputy superintendent since February, following state approval for the educational partnership with the University of Rochester.

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Rochester Police have made an arrest in connection with the mass shooting on Genesee Street last week that took three lives and injured four others. But authorities say they cannot yet release a lot of details about the suspect. 

Chief Michael Ciminelli says someone is in custody for the drive-by shooting on Wednesday night of last week outside the Boys and Girls Club. But he can't identify the suspect yet until the charges are formally filed.

He does say police have some valuable evidence.

CooperVision, the contact lens company that has operations in the Rochester area, is celebrating the move to its new corporate offices. That operation has moved from Woodcliff in Perinton to Victor's High Point Development.

About 325 people are employed there, and the company's President of North America, Jerry Warner, says the new space will allow more room for the company's growth.

He says it's possible they could add people down the line.


The recent downturn in the financial markets may have some impact on the Fed's decision on whether to raise interest rates. But a top Fed official says they still need more data.   

There has been widespread speculation the Federal Reserve would raise interest rates this year, maybe as soon as September. But the recent gyrations on Wall Street may be causing some second thoughts about that.

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More than 50 protesters gathered outside the Federal Building in Rochester late Wednesday afternoon in support of  a nuclear arms deal with Iran. They also wanted to try and get New York's senior Senator to reverse his position on the agreement. 

The demonstrators say they wanted to thank Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congresswoman Louise Slaughter for supporting the deal, and they wanted to let Senator Chuck Schumer know they feel he's out of sync with a lot of Americans in opposing it.


Area media organizations and Governor Cuomo are reacting to today's incident in Virginia where a TV news crew, the reporter and videographer, were killed during a live broadcast.

The Rochester Media Association issued this statement:

Livingston County health officials say that a dead crow found in that county has tested positive for West Nile virus. It's the first case of West Nile in that county this year.

West Nile Virus is spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes acquire the virus by feeding on infected birds.

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The latest numbers from the NYS Labor Department show a drop in unemployment for July compared to a year ago. The July jobless rate was 5.4 percent, up slightly from 5.1 percent in June, but down from 5.9 percent in July of 2014.

State labor analyst Tammy Marino says the unemployment numbers have steadily been declining in the last few years, partly due to more jobs being added, but also because the size of the labor pool is shrinking.