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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Federal, state and local officials came to Rochester Thursday to tout the progress being made at a photonics facility in the city.

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, Chamber of Commerce President (and AIM Photonics Leadership Council Chairman ) Bob Duffy, and various state officials put on their hard hats, and toured a couple of floors of a former Kodak building on Lake Avenue which will be the headquarters for what is called a TAP, or Testing, Assembly and Packaging facility.

A response has been issued by current and former faculty at the University of Rochester, after the university this week outlined steps for an independent investigation into allegations of sexual harassment.

But the people making the complaint are not happy with what has been proposed.

The Rochester Academy of Medicine will host an event about the dangers of burnout in the doctor’s office.

New research shows that physicians experience burnout and suicidal thoughts at higher rates than the general population.

Dr. Michael Mendoza is the Monroe County Public Health Commissioner. He says the modern medical system causes additional stress for everyone.

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There are new developments in the ongoing controversy involving the handling of sexual harassment accusations against a professor at the University of Rochester.

The University's Board of Trustees says it has appointed a special committee to oversee an independent, comprehensive investigation into all matters involving the sexual harassment complaint filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) against the University.

The Democrat & Chronicle has laid off some news staff. The union that represents some of the employees there, Newspaper Guild Local 17, released a statement saying that the D&C laid off three newsroom employees on Tuesday, part of a series of cuts at Gannett news properties around the country.

The Guild says it feels obligated to speak out since its newsroom has been decimated by layoffs and buyouts in the last six years, with the number of Guild-represented employees cut by more than half.


New numbers from the New York State Labor Department show a drop in jobs and a rise in unemployment in the Rochester area.

The figures from the state show the Rochester Metro saw a loss of 1,300 private sector jobs in August compared to a year ago. This area was one of only two metros in the state to see a drop in private sector jobs, Buffalo was the other, with a loss of 100 jobs.

State labor analyst Tammy Marino believes the method used to determine job growth has been undercounting the number of jobs being created.

Xerox is laying off some employees in the Rochester area and in other locations.

The company released a statement Monday saying that approximately 100 employees in Rochester, Webster, Wilsonville, Oregon and Lewisville, Texas have been notified.  Employees whose jobs may be impacted in the UK have also been notified.

The company did not break down how many of those affected jobs are in the Rochester area.


A local business executive who used to head up the mall company Wilmorite has died in an accident in Costa Rica.

According to a statement from Ryco Management, where John W. Anderson most recently worked, Anderson died while ziplining.

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Beautiful weather and enthusiastic crowds made for a nice weekend for runners participating in the Rochester Marathon events. At least the weather was nice for spectators, it may have been a little warm for marathoners.

The marathon includes a 5k, a half marathon and the full marathon, with about 3,000 people taking part overall.

Peg Garland was one of the volunteers for this event. She’s also a former athletic trainer at the University of Rochester, and she sees a lot of value in events like this. 


The Rochester Marathon will take place this weekend, affecting traffic in Northwest Rochester.

The Rochester 5K & Kids Marathon will take place on Saturday and the Rochester Marathon will take place on Sunday, affecting traffic on the following streets:

Friday, Sept. 15 through Sunday, Sept. 17:

Closed from 7 p.m. to 3 p.m.:

•             Morrie Silver Way from Oak Street to Verona Street

Saturday, Sept. 16:

Closed at 7:45 a.m.:

•             Plymouth Avenue from Main Street to Brown Street;