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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WXXI Local Stories
7:48 pm
Sat September 20, 2014

Thousands Running In Sunday's Rochester Marathon

Thousands of runners take to the streets on Sunday morning for the 10th annual MVP Health Care Rochester Marathon.

More than 3300 people have registered, with the vast majority, over 2,000, signed up to run the half-marathon. There are just over 600 people running the full marathon, and more than 130 teams participating.

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Education
3:09 pm
Sat September 20, 2014

East H.S. Principal To Be Honored By The White House

The White House has announced that the Principal of East High School, Anibal Soler, is one of ten Latino educators from across the nation who will be honored Monday in Washington as a “Champion of Change.”

The awards are given to people who are doing extraordinary work to educate the next generation of Americans,  particularly in low-income communities.

As a part of Hispanic Heritage Month, officials say the event will showcase these leaders and the exceptional contributions they have made to Latino communities and the nation overall. 

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WXXI Local Stories
7:04 am
Sat September 20, 2014

Caution About Fraudulent Fundraising Using Officer Pierson's Name

Rochester Police officials say they have  been made aware of some fraudulent fund-raisers or fundraising mechanisms on behalf of Officer Daryl Pierson’s family. Pierson was shot to death while on duty earlier this month.

Reportedly the scammers have been using the name of the police union, the Locust Club, in their calls.

In order to ensure donations actually go to Officer Pierson’s family, RPD and the Rochester Police Locust Club recommend the following:

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WXXI Local Stories
12:29 am
Sat September 20, 2014

Vigil Held Friday Night By The Wives Of RPD Officers

Credit TWC News

A candlelight vigil  was held Friday evening outside the Public Safety Building in Rochester for the family of Officer Daryl Pierson, and also for police officers and their families. Pierson was shot and killed Sept. 3 while on duty. 

Partners Behind the Lines, a group started by spouses of Rochester police officers, held the vigil, which comes just before National Thank a Police Officer Day, which is Saturday.

Amy Pierson was among the hundreds that were there. Her husband Daryl was shot and killed Sept. 3 while trying to make an arrest on Hudson Avenue.

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Health
5:17 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Wayne County To Spray To Try And Control Mosquito-Borne Virus

Officials in Wayne County say they are getting ready to have some aerial spraying done to try and control the spread of  a mosquito-borne virus .

Health officials announced the spraying of the pesticide in parts of Wayne County next week after three horses located on the same farm in the Town of Rose tested positive for the virus called Eastern Equine Encephalitis also known as ‘Triple-E.”

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WXXI Local Stories
12:30 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Rochester Officials Looking For More Info On Genesee Street Incident

Credit TWC News

Rochester's police chief and mayor are responding to reports of a video showing part of an encounter between an officer and another man on Thursday afternoon.

Police said the sergeant was observing illegal drug activity on Genesee Street and attempted to make an arrest. Part of the incident was captured on video, however, it only shows the officer in a physical confrontation with the suspect.

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Government
11:32 am
Fri September 19, 2014

3 Area Locations Among Those Nominated To Historic Places Register

Miller-Horton-Barben Farm in Mendon.
Credit nysparks.com

Three area locations are among the 22 properties that have been nominated to the State and National Registers of Historic Places.

Governor Cuomo says the recommendations come from the New York State Board for Historic Preservation. In the Rochester and Finger Lakes region, the locations recommended for the register include:

--The Miller-Horton-Barben Farm in Mendon. Established in 1808 by Salmon Miller, one of the early pioneers of the region, the 90 acre farm is one of the oldest farms in Mendon and has been continuously farmed to this day.

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Education
5:56 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

RIT Dedicates New Hockey Facility, The Gene Polisseni Center

Credit Randy Gorbman / WXXI News

RIT is taking the wraps off its new hockey arena. Dedication ceremonies were held Thursday for  the Gene Polisseni Center, named after the former Paychex official who helped start that company with Tom Golisano.

Polisseni died in 2001. He was a big fan of local hockey as well as the Sabres, the NHL team that Golisano used to own. Both the Polisseni Foundation and Golisano got together to donate $4.5 million toward the construction of the facility.

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Arts & Culture
2:39 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Changes Ahead For The Finger Lakes Museum

There's been a change in plans for the new Finger Lakes Museum. The board of directors has voted to move the project from its proposed location in Keuka Lake State Park to the site of its Discovery Campus in Branchport. That is a 13 acre site the museum already owns located at the former Branchport Elementary School in Yates County.

Initially, that school was going to serve as the Discovery Campus, a research and education center which would have been an adjunct facility for the museum's main campus in the state park.

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Economy
12:09 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Rochester Area Sees A Gain In Private Sector Jobs

Credit PBS.org

The Rochester area saw another month of job gains in the latest numbers out from the New York State Labor Department. The August figures show a gain of 4300 private sector jobs compared to August a year ago.

State Labor Analyst Tammy Marino says this has been a pretty consistent trend lately.

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