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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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Frederick Douglass drew hundreds of people to Highland Park Wednesday night. The occasion was a special event held at the statue erected in that park to the famed abolitionist who spent a number of years living in Rochester.  

Constellation Brands

Victor-based Constellation Brands is announcing some changes in the executive ranks.

The company says that Bill Newlands has been promoted to president and chief operating officer.  Rob Sands, who previously held the title of president and chief executive officer will continue to serve as CEO.

Newlands, who has more than 30 years of experience in the beverage alcohol industry, joined Constellation in 2015 as an executive vice president and chief growth officer. Last year, he became Constellation’s chief operating officer.

The Monroe County Legislature on Tuesday night unanimously approved a new long term lease for the Rochester Red Wings.

That lease, which is for 10 years with an option to renew for another 10, was first announced late Monday afternoon by County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo and Naomi Silver, who is CEO for Rochester Community Baseball.

They had announced the framework of an agreement last August, but that lease deal apparently got bogged down in various details. Dinolfo has said one complicating factor has been the move away from the county using Local Development Corporations.

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A Pittsford couple left the Rochester Airport on Tuesday,  headed to South Korea to see their son compete in the Winter Olympics.

Bernie and Jamie Lillis are on their way to join up with Jon Lillis, the 23 year old man who is on the U.S. Aerial Ski Team.  His father says his son has been dreaming of being an Olympian since he was a little boy, and starting to train at Bristol Mountain.

Common Ground Health, which is the health planning organization for Rochester and the Finger Lakes, has a new leader.

Wade Norwood, who is currently chief strategy officer for Common Ground, will succeed Trilby de Jung who is leaving that post after four years.  de Jung will be resigning to rejoin her family in Portland, Oregon.

Board Chair Marilyn Dollinger says de Jung has been “an absolutely wonderful CEO,” and has helped bring together diverse partners in the organization.

Xerox is firing back at the open letter to shareholders released Monday by Carl Icahn and Darwin Deason. Together, they own more than 15% of Xerox, and they issued a multi-page letter highly critical of the recently announced deal that will see Xerox sold to Fujifilm, as part of their existing joint venture, Fuji Xerox.

Icahn and Deason said the deal “dramatically undervalues Xerox and disproportionately favors Fuji.”

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There will be Red Wings baseball at Frontier Field, as originally planned this season.

That news came down late Monday afternoon, as Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo and Naomi Silver who is the CEO for Rochester Community baseball, announced a 10 year deal from now through 2028 with an option to renew it for another 10 years after that.

The latest weekly figures on the flu in Monroe County show an increase in confirmed cases, but no additional deaths.  There have been 9 deaths related to flu so far this season.

The data shows that from January 27th to February 3rd, there were 686 laboratory-confirmed cases of flu, bringing the season total so far to 3,012.

County health department spokesman John Ricci says there’s no sign yet that flu season has peaked.

In the latest WXXI Business Report, Randy Gorbman explains how Kodak is trying to tighten up on security measures for its upcoming digital currency, called “KodakCoin”. Plus, we have more on an Ontario County sauerkraut processor closing up shop, and one of the region's oldest manufacturers is changing hands.

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Two major Xerox investors have issued an open letter to shareholders of the company which is sharply critical of the recently announced deal that will see Xerox sold to Fujifilm, as part of their existing joint venture, Fuji Xerox.

Carl Icahn and Darwin Deason, who together own more than 15% of Xerox, say the deal “dramatically undervalues Xerox and disproportionately favors Fuji.

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