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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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There have been reports of bear sightings in this area in recent days, and one on Friday curtailed some activities at the Pittsford School District.

The district posted a note on its website saying that it has advised the DEC, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and Monroe County Animal Control.

Pittsford elementary and secondary students we being told not go outside for recess or physical education classes. District officials did recommend  that parents of elementary students pick their children up from school if they walk home or from their bus stop. 

One of this area’s largest advertising agencies is moving. But officials at Partners + Napier say they want to stay in the downtown area, so they aren’t going too far.

The agency has been in the High Falls area for a couple of decades, and now they will be moving to The Metropolitan, which used to be called Chase Tower.

Courtney Cotrupe is the president of Partners + Napier. She says occupying two floors of The Metropolitan will provide a more efficient space for their people to collaborate. Cotrupe also says the Center City has a lot of energy.

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Fujifilm Holdings says the company may consider giving up its proposed $6.1 billion merger with Xerox if there is no progress on talks with the company within the next several months.

Wells Fargo is laying off more than two dozen people at its operation in Pittsford.

The company says that Wells Fargo Home Mortgage  is cutting 28 people in its Retail Fulfillment Unit.

A spokesman says that after “carefully evaluating market conditions and consumer needs, we are reducing 28 team members to better align with current volumes. We are committed to retaining as many team members as we can, and where possible we are working to identify opportunities within Wells Fargo.”

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A Boston attorney was in Rochester on Wednesday morning to announce that his firm is representing a group of people who say they were sexually abused by priests in the Rochester Catholic Diocese during a period of time from 1950 to 1978.  

The lawyer, Mitchell Garabedian, who has been prominent for representing victims of sexual abuse by priests and was depicted in the movie Spotlight, is making allegations against eight priests. Garabedian says the alleged victims are now between the ages of 52 and 77.

Plans for getting an IKEA store in the Rochester area may be a little dimmer. It involves the company’s growth strategy.

The iconic furniture brand has been much sought after by a number of communities, and hopes were raised earlier this year in Henrietta with word that the Swedish company was possibly considering a location near Marketplace Mall.

Town Supervisor Steve Schultz says back in February, it was his understanding that IKEA was moving on to the next step in looking at Henrietta for a potential location.

Health insurance companies in New York State have submitted their rate requests for 2019, and on average, the 14 companies are requesting a 24% hike for individuals.

That varies quite a bit among the specific companies; Excellus, which has a large presence in the Rochester area, requested an 8.9% increase. MVP Health Plan, another company with a number of customers locally, requested a 6.5% increase for individuals.

An internal affairs investigation into the recent escape of an inmate being treated at Strong Memorial Hospital has been completed.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office did the internal investigation after an incident on April 30th, when 19 year old Aliyah Burden of Rochester allegedly escaped from the maternity ward at Strong while being guarded by a deputy.

Authorities say she created a diversion and slipped out of a soft restraint, running out of her hospital room.  A search later led to Burden’s arrest and she is facing escape charges.

In this WXXI Business Report, Randy Gorbman explains the main findings from Paychex's latest Small Business Employment Watch - it shows a small increase in hiring, but a slight decrease in wage growth. Plus, Wegmans opens store number 97!

Champion Academy

A program founded by Rochester native and former pro football player Roland Williams to help teens living in poverty succeed, is extending its pilot phase.

The Champion Academy will continue for a fourth year, thanks to additional funding from the Polessini Foundation and the William and Mildred Levine Foundation.

Williams says supporters want to see tangible results, and that's what the past three years show.

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