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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Arts & Culture
2:09 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

WXXI & The Little Theatre Launch "Go Public" Campaign

Norm Silverstein, Dr. Cynthia Reddeck-LiDestri, Harry Trueheart
Credit Peter Wayner / WXXI News

WXXI Public Broadcasting and The Little Theatre on Thursday officially announced a $17 million  "Go Public" campaign to allow both organizations to better serve the needs of the community. About 75 percent, or $13.2 million has already been raised.

Larry and Jane Glazer, the well-known local business people and philanthropists who died in a plane crash in September, had been leading the campaign through its silent phase for the past three years. They will keep the title of Campaign Chairs and the effort will be completed in their honor.

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Government
4:22 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

NYS Sets Aside Fuel Reserves

Rochester will be one of the communities to host fuel reserves in Upstate New York  in case of any possible emergencies.  The designation is being announced on the two-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy.

Governor Andrew Cuomo is announcing a total of six fuel reserves across upstate, that would make gasoline and diesel fuel available to emergency responders in case of a major event, such as a hurricane.

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Arts & Culture
11:00 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

New York Designated "Wine Region Of The Year"

New York State is getting a special  designation from a major wine magazine. It has been honored with the title "Wine Region of the Year" by Wine Enthusiast magazine.  The publication cites the quality of wines and the growth of the industry. Governor Cuomo says the state has worked hard in recent years to partner with the industry to help winemakers produce and promote their products.

Jim Trezise is the President of the New York Wine and Grape Foundation. He says this designation by one of the top wine magazines is an important designation for the state.

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Government
5:16 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Breaking Ground For A New Train Station In Rochester

Artist's rendering of the new train station.
Credit NYSDOT

Federal and state officials gathered at Rochester's Amtrak station Tuesday to announce that construction is starting on a new station at that North Clinton Avenue location.

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter says the station will replace a facility which is not meeting the needs of the 140,000 or more passengers that use that facility every year, especially those with disabilities.

"For all the people in this community who use wheelchairs and for babies in strollers we are finally going to be able to make it easier for them to ride. "

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Health
2:12 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Former URMC CEO Pledges $1 Million For Endowed Professorship

A former CEO of the University of Rochester Medical Center is committing one million dollars to help establish an endowed professorship in support of the university's orthopaedic education.

The gift will create the Dr. C. McCollister Evarts Professorship in Orthopaedics.  McCollister, or  " Mac " as he's known, was appointed CEO of the medical center in 2003. He retired three years later.  

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Health
9:30 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Batavia Hospital Has To Temporarily Divert Some Emergency Patients

A problem with flooding in a lab has forced some temporary changes at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia.

It happened early  Tuesday morning, and a hospital spokeswoman says because the lab is needed to process emergency room patients, the ER was temporarily closed to new patients. Instead, they will be diverted to nearby hospitals until the issue is resolved.

Most other hospital departments are functioning, but surgery at the Batavia hospital was delayed for a couple of hours.

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Government
5:50 am
Tue October 28, 2014

GOP Challenger Katko Now Leads Dem. Incumbent Maffei In Siena Poll

Credit siena.edu

A new poll from Siena college shows that Republican challenger John Katko leads the Democratic incumbent Congressman in the 24th district, Dan Maffei by 10 points. That's a change from five weeks ago, when Katko, a former federal prosecutor, was trailing by eight points. Katko now leads 52 to 42 percent.

Maffei continues his large lead in Syracuse, though the numbers are down a little. The Central-NY based district includes all of Wayne County.

Pollster Steve Greenberg says that Katko has increased his lead among Republicans and independents.

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Government
5:52 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Mayor Warren Wants McFadden To Step Down From The RHA

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren would like the Interim Director of the Rochester Housing Authority, Adam McFadden to resign that post and not seek a permanent appointment.

But it doesn’t appear that McFadden, who is also a Rochester City Councilman, is ready to do that.

In her statement issued on Monday afternoon, Warren talks about the complaints by many residents at a packed meeting of the housing authority board. She noted a lack of transparency in the hiring process in the effort to replace Executive Director Alex Castro who was fired last week.

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Government
5:18 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Monroe County Officials Talk About Ebola Protocols

Monroe County officials are trying to reassure the public that although the possibility of there being an outbreak of Ebola in this area is remote, they are prepared to deal with that kind of a situation.

Public Health Director Dr. Byron Kennedy says his agency will help monitor cases of people who may have traveled to West African countries and who become ill. He says that travel history is key, since this time of year, there are a lot of other viruses going around, such as the flu.

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Education
3:09 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Taking Stock Of An Extended School Day Program In Rochester

Officials from the Rochester City School District and an organization which works on helping schools extend their instructional day say they are pleased with what they've seen in Rochester since a new program began a couple of years ago.

District Superintendent  Bolgen Vargas says the district has seen an improvement in test scores in four out of the five elementary schools where the program began.

“We saw some great results in the area of reading and language development, which is an area that the district is struggling with."

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