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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One man is dead following a crash on 490 in Chili on Saturday morning. It happened in the eastbound lanes near the Paul Road overpass.

Monroe County Deputies say a 26 year old man died at the scene. Deputies say an SUV was eastbound when the driver lost control and the vehicle flipped several times.

He was alone in the SUV. Deputies say the man may have suffered a medical condition. He has not been identified yet.

A section of 490 east in Chili was closed until late Saturday morning. The investigation into the cause of the accident continues. 

Randy Gorbman / WXXI News

The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival is underway , with thousands of people expected to attend that event over the next several days. One part of the festival is tied to a major worldwide news story. 

The jazz festival has an amazing array of musical styles and acts, everything from major recording artists, to buskers on the street trying to get a little recognition and maybe make a little money. 


NEW YORK (AP)  Stocks plunged in the U.S. and worldwide Friday after Britain voted to leave the European Union. The result stunned investors, who reacted by rushing to the safety of gold and U.S. government bonds as they wondered what will come next for Britain, Europe and the global economy. 

U.S. stocks gave up all their gains from earlier in the year. The Dow Jones industrial average tumbled 611.21 points, or 3.4 percent, to 17,399.86. The Standard & Poor's 500 dropped 76.02 points, or 3.6 percent, to 2,037.70. Both indexes took their biggest loss since August.

Pro Soccer is returning to Frontier Field in July, even if it's just one match. The Western New York Flash will play their home game in a National Women's Soccer League match on July 9th at 7pm against the Seattle Reign at that stadium.

“This is an extremely exciting opportunity to bring pro soccer at its highest level back to Frontier Field,” said Rich Randall, General Manager of the Flash.  “It’s a special place that will bring back countless memories for soccer fans in Rochester.  I’d like to personally thank the Red Wings staff for being so accommodating.”

The 15th annual Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival gets underway Friday.

John Nugent and Marc Iacona produce the festival.

Iacona says the jazz fest has certainly grown from its early years, but he says this isn’t all about the size of the crowds…he says they’re more focused on providing a quality experience for the people who attend.


Just in time for the start of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, city officials say the East Avenue Bridge will be open by Noon on Friday.

There had been some concern by festival organizers and fans because of all of the construction going on with a portion of the Inner Loop being filled in, but City Engineer Jim McIntosh says the contractor has been making good progress, and that area will be open in time for the festival.

Xerox has named a CEO for the document technology business, which  will be one of two companies created when the company separates into two businesses later this year.

He is Jeff Jacobson, who joined Xerox in 2012 and most recently has been president of the Xerox Technology business. Prior to joining Xerox, he was CEO of Presstek, a supplier of digital offset printing solutions.

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A  New York City-based chemical company is locating manufacturing operations at the Eastman Business Park.

SiGNa Chemistry, which makes what are described as more environmentally-friendly products for use in in industries such as oil and gas, pharmaceuticals and food and agriculture, will be creating 37 jobs in Rochester.  That will happen over a three-year period and officials expect the spin-off effect to create another 75 jobs.

(WXXI News & AP) Democrats carried a remarkable House floor sit-in into a second day, disrupting the business of Congress with demands for gun-control votes in an unruly scene broadcast live to the world.

Republicans branded the move as a publicity stunt before summarily adjourning the chamber until after the Fourth of July.


People in Rochester's Upper Monroe Avenue neighborhood who are unhappy with a proposal to build apartment buildings in Cobb's Hill Park are getting backing from city hall.

Mayor Lovely Warren sent a letter to Chris Stevens, president of the Upper Monroe Neighborhood Association, saying that she also has concerns about the scale and scope of the project.