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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Longtime local TV news anchor Janet Lomax is retiring.   The News 10NBC anchor has been on the anchor desk in Rochester for 36 years.

According to WHEC-TV’s website, Lomax said that  “I’ve been blessed to be a part of this community and this station.  I’ve been touched by the incredible people here and I feel honored to have had the opportunity to tell their stories.  After 40 years in broadcasting, it’s time. I’m so excited to see what God has in store for me next.”

The candidates for Monroe County Clerk debate Monday night. Democrat Adam Bello faces off against Republican Cheryl Rozzi.

Bello, the former Irondequoit Town Supervisor,  was appointed to the post earlier this year by Governor Andrew Cuomo, after a vacancy occurred because Republican Cheryl Dinolfo was elected as Monroe County Executive.

Rozzi is the Greece Town Clerk, and previously was the clerk for the county legislature.

Monroe County officials say after flooding that caused problems over the weekend, two county parks, Powder Mills Park; also Ellison Park and the dog park are now open.

They reopened on Sunday.

Park Road in Powder Mills Park had been closed on Saturday and Ellison Park was also closed on Saturday.


Siena Research Institute

A new Siena College poll shows that Republican incumbent John Katko has widened his lead in the 24th Congressional district race against Democrat Colleen Deacon.

According to the survey, he now has a 54 to 31 percent advantage over Deacon, compared to a 53 to 34 percent in a previous Siena poll in early October.


The latest numbers on job growth in New York State show a modest increase for the Rochester area in September.  The NYS Labor Department says the region saw an increase of 1,200 private sector jobs in September compared to a year ago.

State Labor Analyst Tammy Marino says the strongest hiring involved colleges and universities. 

“Every year these employers typically hire more than 5,000 workers during the month of September; this year, these employers hired more than 7,000 new workers.


Kodak is coming out with a new smartphone, one that it hopes will capitalize on its reputation for photography.

This is not the first time Kodak has tried marketing a smartphone. There was a Kodak branded phone last year, but the company is trying to make a bigger splash in the marketplace with the new Kodak Ektra Smartphone, trying to focus on people who want a more sophisticated camera with their phone.

The name hearkens back to an iconic Kodak camera, also called Ektra, which was built in the 1940s.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  Several natural gas and coal-fired power plant owners sued New York state energy regulators Wednesday over the state's approval of billions of dollars in subsidies for aging nuclear plants. That includes the Ginna nuclear plant in Wayne County.

The suit filed in Manhattan federal court argues the bailout represents an illegal interference with the federal government's role in regulating electric rates, and will unfairly burden the ratepayers who will pay for the subsidies, which could cost nearly $8 billion over 12 years. 

town of pittsford.org

Town of Pittsford residents have voted to approve $9.3 million in bond financing for the Town’s Spiegel Community Center upgrade, remodel and expansion project in a referendum held on Tuesday.  The unofficial vote count was 1,650 Yes (69%) and 739 No (31%).   

Pittsford Town Supervisor Bill Smith said that Pittsford has “now resolved one of the longest-standing pieces of unfinished business on Pittsford's municipal agenda.  We can create a one-of-a-kind community center in an outstanding historic landmark, to serve Pittsford for decades to come.” 

News 8 - WROC TV

A wide-ranging debate between the candidates for the 25th Congressional District on Tuesday night showed a lot of differences between the longtime Democratic incumbent, Louise Slaughter, and Republican Town of Gates Supervisor Mark Assini.

It’s the second go-round for this matchup, with Assini losing by less than 900 votes two years ago.

The debate was sponsored by the League of Women Voters and News 8 - WROC-TV.

Xerox Corp.

The leader of Xerox Corporation was apparently on the short list of names being compiled for  Hillary Clinton earlier this year when she was considering candidates for vice president.

Xerox Chairman & CEO Ursula Burns was on a list of more than 30 names on an email dated last March. It was revealed by WikiLeaks, which indicates the email came from campaign manager John Podesta and was described as “a first cut of people worth considering.”

Xerox declined comment when asked by WXXI News about the email.