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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Rochester Regional Health

Rochester Regional Health is announcing a $5 million donation from the Riedman Foundation to support a $26 million new health care center. It will be located at a former Tops location in Irondequoit in the Ridge-Goodman Plaza.

The center will provide primary care, pediatrics, dental, behavioral health and other services.

Officials with the health system say that by moving key outpatient services to the new Riedman Health Center, it will make health care more accessible to patients and also will create additional space for improvements at Rochester General Hospital.

TWC News

Rochester Police continue to investigate an incident where a body was recovered in the Genesee River on Monday morning.

The body, believed to be that of a man, was spotted by a construction crew working in the area at about 7:20 a.m.

Traffic was impacted in that area for a while until fire and other emergency crews recovered the body.

Other details were not immediately available.

Former Rochester School District Superintendent has accepted the job as superintendent of the Manchester School District in New Hampshire.

That according to the New Hampshire Union Leader which says a school board committee voted 14 to 1 to offer him the position.

The job offer is subject to a negotiated contract with Vargas. That will be worked out in a Monday meeting.

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Nearly 5,000 people came through the doors of the WXXI studios in Rochester on Saturday, for the Open House that is held here on State Street every two years.

They got a chance to meet the people who put together the programs you see and listen to every day, and some of the most popular attractions at the event were PBS characters like Curious George, Elmo and Nature Cat.

One visitor Jenny Giessler says it was fun for the adults also.

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(photos by WXXI photographer Fred SanFilipo)

The First Niagara Festival wraps up Saturday and founding producer Erica Fee is hoping for record setting attendance for the 10-day event.

She says last year, they had more than 63,000,  and she expects to top that this year.

Fee says one trend they’ve been seeing is the festival, which features an eclectic mix of performances, is attracting people from outside the region.

Pittsford Town Supervisor Bill Smith says there’s been another round of leaflets promoting a white supremacist website dropped near some homes.

This time it was in the Knollwood Drive area. Earlier this week, the leaflets were dropped along Knickerbocker Road.

Smith says this latest batch of leaflets was spread around overnight Thursday into Friday.

Former Rochester School District Superintendent Bolgen Vargas is closer to getting appointed as the school superintendent in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Vargas was one of two finalists for the job, and school officials say the other candidate withdrew from consideration for a variety of personal reasons.

Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle calls the developments involving the bribery and fraud case “troubling news.” In terms of any impact on the efforts involving development of a photonics hub in Rochester, the Irondequoit Democrat doesn't sound overly concerned.

He says he had earlier difficulties with SUNY Polytechnic Chief Alain Kaloyeros, when there were disagreements over where to put a photonics headquarters in Downtown Rochester, but that later was resolved, Morelle says, because of objections local officials had about the transparency of the entire process.

TWC News

Rochester Police say the fire that killed three people on High Street last weekend is being investigated as an arson and homicide.

The fire early Saturday morning took the lives of three year old Ameeya Nelson, her brother, 6 year old Willie Nelson Jr., and their mother, 25 year old Virginia Ortiz.

Six other people were injured including three firefighters.

Police are asking that anyone with information on the fire call 911 or Crimestoppers at 585-423-9300

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Gates Town Supervisor and Republican Congressional Candidate Mark Assini is facing criticism by some prominent local Democrats and members of the LGBTQ community.

It has to do with comments written by Assini several years ago on a blog that he hosted, as he responded to comments posted by readers.  Monroe County Democrats provided links to the blogs which had been taken down.

In one of them, Assini agreed with a reader who used the term "sexual deviants" and in another he quoted a pastor who called transgender people "mentally disturbed."